Should I Allow Pets?

Our experience when it comes to being four-legged friendly or going fur free as a Landlord

The facts

At least 60% of South Australian households own a dog or cat.

That potentially means that 6 out of 10 prospective tenants looking at your property own a pet.

While the decision to allow pets is totally up to you (other than when it’s decided for you by Strata or other management groups), it’s worth considering that banning pets altogether will cut you out of a significant pool of renters, which may result in not achieving the best pawtential rental price for your property.

The benefits

A lot of pet owners make fantastic tenants

Responsible pet owners can make excellent tenants. They often sign long term leases, are reliable and take good care of property.

The risks

Neighbour disturbance and property damage by pets can be a concern for landlords

Damage, disturbance to neighbours and pet odours are the main concerns when it comes to including furry friends on your lease agreement. In our experience, these risks can be minimised with careful consideration, strict guidelines and the bond being paid at the beginning of the tenancy.

The process

During the application process we obtain as much information as possible and outline our expectations. We also have every tenant sign a separate agreement that recognises approved pets with strict terms and conditions. Some tenants even come with pet references from homes they have previously rented.

If you’re tossing up whether or not to allow pets, we suggest advertising your property as ‘pets may be negotiable to the right applicant’. This opens your property up to a wider rental market, and gives you the opportunity to make an informed decision before you commit to signing up any four-legged tenants.

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