So, you’d like to get a pet?
If you’re renting a property through SJ Shooter Real Estate, our standard Residential Tenancy Agreements do not permit the keeping of pets, unless the pet was approved with your rental application at the commencement of your current lease. This doesn’t mean that you can’t apply to have a pet at your property though.
There are a few things you’ll need to consider if you’d like to apply for permission to keep a pet at your property.
Determine what animal and breed you’d like.
Do you want a cat or a dog? A budgie or collection of chooks? Maybe a rabbit or some guinea pigs? What breed of animal would you like? How big will it grow? Do you want to get two pets so that they have company while you’re at work?
Where would you like to keep the pet(s)?
Will the dog be kept outside all the time? Will you provide a dog kennel or will it sleep on the verandah? Will your cat be kept inside? Do you plan to erect a chicken coop to keep the chooks safe at night?
Is the current fencing at your property adequate for containing the animal?
If you’re looking at getting a large dog, will the current fences at your property contain the dog safely? Do you need extra fencing erected?
Will the animal be desexed or kept entire for breeding?
Do you plan to breed the animal? If so, how often will you have a litter of animals at the property?
Are there any other considerations that need to be made?
Is your property in a strata title complex which may have by-laws regarding the keeping of pets? Will your pet impact your neighbours at all? Do you need a license to keep this particular pet (reptiles/birds, in some cases)?