As a renter, it can be challenging to find a property whose landlord allows pets. Or if you’re already renting, it may be tricky to get permission to adopt a pet. There’s a stereotype against our furry friends that they’ll damage the home, make the entire place smell bad, or bother the neighbours. However, this doesn’t have to be the case!
Countless people and their pets defy these misconceptions and enjoy renting without any problems. We’ve compiled some handy tips from pet owners who have a hassle-free rental agreement:
Compile some pet references
In the same way that landlords like to hear good things about you as the prospective tenants, you’ll definitely have a more compelling case to bring your pet if they too have great recommendations! Whether it’s from your regular vet, the trainer or previous neighbours – any positive comments about your pet are an excellent way to show that your pet won’t cause any issues.
Keep a comprehensive health record
From vaccinations to desexing and routine vet check-ups, it’s important to confirm that you as a pet owner are diligent and dutiful at maintaining their health. This has a twofold benefit: it shows that you’re reliable and responsible, and it also shows that your pet won’t be bringing unwanted diseases to the place.
Offer cleaning commitments
Put your landlord’s mind at ease by making a commitment to provide professional cleaning and deodorising once your lease expires. That way they can rest assured that there will be no traces left of your pet once you both vacate the premises!
Negotiate an agreement
If you have your heart set on a particular place, sometimes you need to offer a little extra to get your hands on the keys. If you can afford it, offer to pay extra rent in exchange for being allowed to keep your pet there. Or suggest regular property inspections to guarantee no damage is being done.
Follow these practical and proven tips to have a smooth-sailing experience of renting with your pet!