When it comes to renting with pets, there are 5 golden rules to obey. Following these rules will ensure you and your pet have a long and harmonious tenancy agreement with your landlord. When it comes down to it, it is really just commonsense. The same rules apply to renting with pets as it would be for renting with humans. The rules are pretty consistent. It all comes down to respect. Respect for yourself, the property and  your landlord. If you keep that in mind, these rules are pretty straightforward.

  1. Always seek permission

    Before you think about applying for a property, or heading to your local pound or pet store, seek permission for your landlord. All tenancy agreements should clearly state whether pets are acceptable. If unclear, always seek permission first. It is a lot easier to seek permission and be granted a yes or no before you have moved in or have that cuddly new puppy in your arms.

  2. Follow the rules

    As with allowing pets, your tenancy agreement may state whether pets are allowed indoors or outdoors only. These requests are there for a reason. If your landlord requests outdoor pets only, ensure to oblige. Most pet-friendly properties will have secure backyards that are fully fenced so your pet can be safe and comfortable. If the property is not fully enclosed and there is a threat to the safety of your pet, it may not be the best property for you. So continue your search.

  3. Clean up after your pet

    This is another commonsense request really. Similar as your landlord would expect you to keep the premises clean and tidy. Same goes for your pet. Clean up after their messes in the backyard. If they are allowed indoors, ensure any pet hair is cleaned regularly. Where carpet stains occur, clean them straight away to prevent permanent stains. If they dig and tear up the yard, ensure to replace holes and grass where you can once this phase passes.

  4. Keep nuisance noise down

    For your neighbours, there is nothing more irritating than a nuisance barker. If you intend on leaving your dog for long periods, ensure they have been sufficiently excercised prior to your departure. This will mean they are happy to sleep in contentment until your return. Bordeom busters and chew toys do help, but they are not a long-term solution. Domestic pets love company. If left for long periods of time you could have a nuisance barker/howler/crier on your hands. And some grumpy neighbours.

  5. Contain your pets

    This gets particularly tricky when cats are involved. Where your landlord allows pets at your property, this doesn’t mean your neighbours want them too. If you have a dog, ensure the backyard is fully enclosed with no gaps for escape. If a cat is your pet of choice, ensure they aren’t nuisance roaming the streets and other neighbour’s homes throughout the day and evening on the hunt for food.

For further information, contact the The Tenants Union of NSW or check out their handy ‘Tenants’ guide to renting with pets in NSW