How Do I Get My Rental Application Approved if I Have a Pet?
6 Tips To Renting With Pets
For anyone who owns a pet, they will understand that to them their pet is not just a pet but also a significant member of their family. Searching for a rental property is a daunting task in itself but if you have a furry little member in your family when you see the one property you’ve fallen in love with, has the words “strictly no pets” or “pets considered on application” it can be disheartening. We understand how important your furry member of your family is, so we have put together six tops tips to ensure your rental application is considered when you do tick the “yes I have a pet” box.
1. Ask – You will never know if you don’t ask!
Most people just don’t ask the question! If the landlord has stated they don’t want pets, then they may be difficult to sway however you will never know if you don’t ask and put your best pet application forward. In some properties that are part of a strata scheme pet’s are not allowed or are only allowed with the written consent of the body corporate.
2. Create a “Pet Resume”
Creating a pet resume is a way of creating a profile of your pet. It doesn’t need to be lengthy but a simple a4 page of information on your pet and why the landlord and property manager should accept your application. It is vital that you see your animal through the same eyes of your potential landlord and address some of the fear they may have in advance. Include a photo of your pet and some good pet references; these may be previous landlords, people who have visited your home and your vet.
3. Provide pet records
It’s essential that you keep your pet records, so you can provide medical records for vaccinations, evidence of regular check-ups, or that you have sprayed or neutered your pet. Proof that your pet has been trained and socialized – Then the landlord may be more willing to consider and accept your pet.
4. Offer more rent!
Another option to consider is offering more rent for the property on the condition that your pet is approved. Remember landlords often choose not to allow pets because barking dogs may disturb other tenants and neighbours, Cats sometimes scratch and damage furniture and carpet, If inside dogs may ruin the carpet. Undisciplined pets can frighten and disturb neighbours, other tenants, and the property managers. When offering more rent, be mindful that if your pet doesn’t have excellent references, then your offer may not be accepted.
5. Choose your pet wisely!
If you’re already living in a rental property and considering getting a pet, then think which type wisely. Take into consideration what sort of pet will be suitable for your home and lifestyle and if you're going to be able to provide the attention and care that is needed.
6. Consider the property suitability!
When searching for a property, consider if it is suitable for your pet. Does it have a backyard large enough? Does your pet need a yard? If the landlord accepts your pet but on the condition that it lives outside will this be suitable? Is it fair to lock your dog up while you’re at work all day? Choose a property that will be as good for you as it will be for your pet.
Remember - If you have a pet, or are intending on getting one, you should always let your property manager know because it could affect the landlords insurance.