Pets And Renting

Click here to view our Pet Rental Agreement this document will form a special condition of your tenancy agreement if you have a pet in one of our managed rental properties.

If you have been permitted to have an outside cat or dog, and you choose to allow them inside when you do not have permission to do so from your Property Manager in writing – we ask you to consider the following important warning:

YOU ARE BREACHING YOUR TENANCY AGREEMENT This is in breach of not only of the pet lease agreement but also your tenancy agreement that you have agreed to and can result in the lease being terminated.  Further we may ask that the pet be removed permanently, and we will be unable to allow any further pets that you may request.  This is a serious matter as are the following common problems we wish to avoid.:

Animal Hair Pet hair ground into the carpet will not be removed successfully by steam cleaning as moisture allows the hair to stick to the fibres of the carpet.  Lengthy professional vacuuming only will do this job successfully. The carpets may have to be professionally treated to remove the pet hair – this is charged at full cost to the tenant.

Some people are also allergic to cat hair.  Tenants moving into properties may have severe allergic reactions should cat hair be present inside the property.  This may result in legal action against the Landlord, and as you may understand, we can only forward such action to the tenant that allowed their pet access to the property.

Animal Urine DAMAGE. Urine can be very acidic and damage the pile of carpet – particularly in cats and young animals.  This can result in compensation claims against the tenant and in some cases full replacement of the carpets.  Urine may even stain the carpet permanently.  Stains can result in compensation claims against the tenant and in extreme cases full replacement of the carpets.  It is extremely difficult to remove pet smells and professional deodorising may also be necessary.  Damage caused by urine staining will be charged to the tenant.  Full cost to replace carpets may also be charged to the tenant is the damage is serious enough.

Damage Damaged fly screens and carpets, chewed woodwork and scratched doors is common when tenants allow their pets inside access.  Cats can also claw and climb curtains causing damage. If the item cannot be successfully repaired, it will need to be replaced.  This is charged to the tenant if FULL.  

Fleas Fleas coming from a pet can quickly infest carpet and even timber floors.  Further professional fumigation is required in this situation. This is charged to the tenant.

Animal Hygiene Pets are not washed as frequently as people, letting them inside when you do not have Landlord permission to do so will invite problems when the time comes for your final vacating inspection.  You may not be able to smell that your pet has been inside your home but other people can, particularly those who do not own  pets themselves.  This can cause the owner to lose future tenants who are offended by the pet odour.  Costs associated with professionally deodorising the property in full, including carpets and curtains will be charged to the tenant.

Someone else owns the property At the end of the day, someone else owns the property and as a tenant you are entitled to enjoyment of the property however allowing your pet inside without permission is unacceptable and highly disrespectful. The whole aim of this information is to request that you please keep you pet outside if that is a condition of your tenancy agreement.  

If you wish to have your pet inside please apply for a property where this is allowed.

We thank you for your cooperation in this important matter.