Considerations Before Adding a Pet to Your Tenancy
Pets often transform a house into a home, and we recognize the value and joy they can bring. Many of our properties are home to approved pets, where tenants have carefully considered and presented a case for their pets, demonstrating how their presence can enhance the tenancy and potentially extend the duration of the lease. Equally important is the selection of a pet that aligns with the tenant's obligations under their tenancy agreement.
Before you decide to get a pet or apply for approval from your landlord, we encourage you to consider the following aspects thoughtfully:
Impact on Maintenance Access:
How will your pet affect the ability of tradespeople to safely and efficiently access your property for maintenance purposes? Consider your pet's behaviour and how you plan to manage it during such visits to ensure smooth and safe operations.
Impact on Property Inspections:
How will your pet influence property managers' access to quarterly inspections? It’s crucial to plan for managing your pet in a way that allows these inspections to be carried out thoroughly and safely.
Property Suitability for the Pet:
Is your property suitable for the type of pet you are considering?
Reflect on the size, layout, and environment of your property and how these factors align with the needs and characteristics of the pet you wish to bring into your home. While the landlord may be open to pets at a property, a request for a breed or animal that is not a good fit for your type of property may increase the landlord's likelihood of not approving the request.
Each of these points is critical in ensuring that adding a pet to your household complements your lifestyle while also upholding your responsibilities as a tenant. We encourage you to use these considerations as a guide in making a responsible and well-informed decision regarding pet ownership in your rental property.