You can also create a separate pet contract that sets out all the conditions and your responsibilities. It proposes to include an additional clause in a rental agreement that could include cleaning carpets once a year, repairing any damage or fixing pets, and developing a pet CV that talks about the proper training of your pet, as well as references from former owners and neighbours. Australia has one of the highest pet ownership rates in the world, with 62% of households having a pet. The demand for pet-friendly accommodation is therefore very high. In Queensland, however, it can be very difficult to rent with a pet, as only 10% of rental properties allow pets. Property owners and managers often refuse to host applicants with pets because they cause property damage or attract pests such as fleas. In recent years, there have been calls to amend laws prohibiting homeowners from discriminating against tenants with pets. Proponents of change argue that pets are essential to maintain an adequate quality of life, especially for people living alone. However, such a law has not yet been passed. Every tenant in Victoria will soon have the right to keep a pet in their rental home after the adoption last year of reforms to the state`s rental rules, which will come into effect later this year. Landlords have yet to give permission, but it will be much more difficult to refuse and they will have to prove that they have a good case if the tenants are able to go to VCAT.
“Australia has one of the highest incidence of pet ownership in the world, so find a good rental … is a very important issue facing many diligent and responsible pet owners. It`s time to see real ways of thinking to give more pet owners access to safe and reliable homes. Given the demand for pet-friendly space, it is surprising that only 10 per cent of rented property in Queensland allows pets. In Queensland, a tenant can only keep a pet if the lease stipulates that pets are allowed. Tenants are responsible for damage caused by a pet to a property. It is customary for a rental agreement to stipulate that the tenant must have fumigated upon exit. There is no law prohibiting pet ownership, but the standard residential rental agreement established by Fair Trading NSW contains an optional clause requiring the owner`s consent, restrictions on the type of pet and the need to clean carpets professionally. Apartment and townhouse complexes have their own statutes.
“Laws vary from state to state regarding pet permission in homes and rental properties, so it`s always important for pet owners to check what rules might affect them and their beloved pet,” says Nadia Crighton of Pet Insurance Australia. Pet bonds are a common part of rental agreements where pets are allowed, and the law states that it is not possible to charge more than $260 to bear the cost of fumigation at the end of the lease. The presence of a pet must be indicated in the rental agreement, and the permission granted by the owner.