12 minutes | Nov 20, 2017

What About Pets? - EP062

There’s a reason why dogs are known as ‘man’s best friend.’ Ask anyone who has owned a beloved animal, and they will tell you that pets are family. A proposed change to the Residential Tenancies Act would recognize this by banning unreasonable ‘no pets’ clauses in tenancy agreements. Toni starts by explaining the challenges around repairing any damage caused by pets in a rental property. From deep scratches on a wood floor to the smell caused by accidents on the carpet, there are costs associated with maintaining apartments inhabited by animals. Toni discusses how landlords currently approach pets in their rental properties, often denying applications from pet owners in favor of tenants without pets. She also covers the importance of choosing a size-appropriate rental property for your pets: It’s never a good idea to leave a large dog by itself in a small apartment all day while you’re at work. Toni wraps the podcast with advice about making you and your animal attractive to prospective landlords. Listen in and learn how to win over a property owner so that you and your ‘best friend’ are welcome tenants. Topics Covered The proposed ban on unreasonable ‘no pets’ clauses in tenancy agreements The challenges around repairing damage caused by pets in rental properties How an additional ‘pet bond’ might help cover the costs The current practice of rejecting tenants with pets Choosing a size-appropriate rental property for your pets How references can make you and your animal attractive to landlords Learn More About the Proposed Changes to Law for Renters with Pets For an in-depth look at the reasons behind the proposed change, visit https://www.domain.com.au/news/victorian-renters-may-soon-be-able-to-welcome-pets-into-their-home-20160722-gqbn5q/. To understand the current laws around having pets in rental properties, check out https://www.tuv.org.au/articles/files/resources/Pets_FS_R_062009.pdf and https://www.consumer.vic.gov.au/housing/renting/applying-for-a-rental-property-or-room/pets-and-renting. For a comprehensive overview of proposed changes to the Residential Tenancies Act, see https://www.rent.com.au/blog/say-victorias-renting-laws. If you have additional questions or suggestions for future podcast topics, email Toni at toni@planinsek.com, and take advantage of her resources for beginners in real estate at planinsek.com. Additional information regarding Toni’s real estate business can be found at planinsekproperty.com.au, and her business email is toni@planinsekproperty.com.au.
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