Frequently asked questions

Getting your property pet-ready

Offering your property to a responsible pet owner needn’t be complicated. We’re here to help with all the guidance and information you need.

How much work is it to manage a pet-friendly property?

Managing a rental property with more occupants, whether human or animal, involves work, but providing a value-added service is worth the effort. The rewards of exposing your vacant property to a wider market, lower tenant turnover and the increased financial return will more than compensate for the extra load.

Satisfied and happy tenants are more likely to become loyal, long-term tenants, which can decrease the work involved in managing the property in the long run.

Are all pet owners responsible?

Pet owners come in all shapes, sizes and personalities. There are responsible pet owners whose pets are well behaved, don't make a mess in the house, are loved by neighbours and are a pleasure to be around.

Regrettably, there are also irresponsible tenants who allow their pets to ruin carpets, scratch doors and walls, chew furniture, disturb neighbours and dig holes in gardens.

The key to a successful pet-friendly tenancy is to select responsible people who will look after your property, whether they have pets or not. There are many ways to assess how responsible a potential tenant is, with rental references, credit ratings, and work/school references offering good guidance.

If I allow pets in my rental property and the tenant leaves, what happens if my next tenant has allergies to animals?

Figures show approximately 60% of Australian families share their homes with pets and roughly 10% of people have allergies to animals. Fortunately, the odds of having a tenant with severe allergies to animals is rare.

Rent With Pets recommends these solutions to remove pet allergens from properties, which can be incorporated into a pet-owning tenant’s rental contract:
  • Move the animals from the property
  • Vacuum carpets and upholstery to extract the majority of pet hair and dander
  • Steam clean carpets and upholstery to neutralise the remaining pet allergens
  • Vacuum and mop tile, wood and linoleum floors
  • Wipe wall surfaces with a damp cloth and detergent
  • Open windows to air the house and remove the majority of airborne pet allergens
If a property has been recently occupied by animals, it is important to inform prospective new tenants so that they can make the right choice for their health.

Rent With Pets encourages your tenants to disclose details about their pets to landlords and property managers, so that you can be aware of animal allergens that could affect your next tenant.

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