Pets in the House

From: Marina .


Hi,

I have a prospective tenant for my property ( a husband and a wife- professionals)who are willing to pay me $550p.w.

The only thing I am not sure about is they have an inside/outside dog- Golden retriever cross with a labrador. It is a couple of years old.

Do I give them a lease or do I keep searching for someone without Pets?

Any advice would be appreciated.

Marina.
 
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From: Jas


Give 'em a lease if you're comfortable... but get them to sign a pet
agreement, stating they'll put the property back the way it was (if the
pet damages anything).

Also, make sure you agree to the pet they have - otherwise you could get
10 German Shepards in the backyard

Jas



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> Hi,
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> I have a prospective tenant for my property ( a husband and a wife-
> professionals)who are willing to pay me $550p.w.
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> The only thing I am not sure about is they have an inside/outside dog-
> Golden retriever cross with a labrador. It is a couple of years old.
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> Do I give them a lease or do I keep searching for someone without
Pets?
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> Any advice would be appreciated.
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> Marina.
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From: Kim Heaver


Here is the clause that I use;

The tenants have permission to keep 1 cat outside of the house, provided any damage caused as a result of keeping the cat is rectified at the tenants expense prior to vacating or on the owners demand. The premises may need to be fumigated for fleas at the tenants expense on vacating if fleas are present.
 
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From: Mike TheBloodyIdiot


Just a small addition to what Kim said.

You have to charge at least $20 a week for the priviledge of having pet.

Second, property must be specially prepared to take pets. Minimum requirement - no carpet (hardfloors or lino). If pet pees on the carpet, it is destroyed, but you will have troubles to prove "damage".

Good idea would be to leave with tenants some paint you use to paint walls/windows/architraves. 250 ml plastic bottle of each colour should be enough. Cost much less than arguing about the scratches when lease ends.

Cheers,

Mike - TBI
 
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From: Danny Dwyer


Refer to a previous post re pets. This site might help you.

Cheers

Danny D.

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From: Jacinta Thomler jacinta98@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday, November 06, 2001 10:43 AM

> Ahh pets....

Here's a site titled 'Responsible Pet Owners Make Responsible Tenants -A
guide to help Landlords rent to Tenants who have Pets'

http://www.petnet.com.au/rent/tenants.html

They have a few suggestions on how to deal with tenant and their pets

Jacinta
 
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From: Joanna K


Hi Marina,

I've attached the "special Conditions" I have used in lease agreements for tenants with pets.

This condition is for NSW and has gone through the Tribunal successfully.

Hope it helps.


Kind regards
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From: Ayesha Todd


I'll start with saying I am a dog lover and our dog lives inside while we are home, we are landlords our self and in the house allow pets.
It makes me wonder that if you have a house to rent out why landlords don't allow pets, if the yard is big enough to allow a dog or cat what is the problem, I have seen kids create way more destruction than some animals. Most landlords also own a cat or dog and if they ever tried to rent a place, would find it a limited market.
In Perth I heard a great thing they have introduced, it is a extra $100 pet bond, if the animal does damage then not only do the tenants risk losing the normal bond but the extra pet bond as well.
This of course my opinion as a animal lover that treats their dog better than some parents treat their kids!!
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From: Gordon Austin


One house we owned some years back was rented to a high income family who had a pet dog. We told the property manager that no pets be allowed but sure enough they rented it to a family with a dog. I seem to have had a bad run with property managers unfortunately. And most times those chosen were the well known ones in the relevant locations who were also quite expensive.

After the tennants moved out we found that the dog had damaged a number of fly screens, chewed up nearly every irrigation system outlet in the yard and brought its fleas into the house. And thanks to the wonderful property manager we had at the time none of the costs to rectify this were taken from the bond.

The tennant and property manager were probably more of a problem here rather than the dog. However it pays to check the less obvious things like irrigation system outlets when there are pets around.

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From: Caz .



Just an add-on question....

Is it possible/viable to request an additional bond for the pet ? Or demand a higher rent to take into consideration of the tenant having a pet ?

I understand it is quite common practice overseas to do so.

Caz
 
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From: Paul Zagoridis


In NSW I don't think you can ask for a higher bond (assuming you are getting the standard bond anyway).

You can ask for a premium on the rent. Whether you get it or not depends on competitive factors.

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From: Bill Thomson


Are there any insurance policies available that would cover this risk. If so you could ask a tenant to reimburse this cost rather than pay a rent premium

Bill
 
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From: Paul Zagoridis


I don't know if there is a pet specific insurance policy. Bill that is a fine bit of thinking!

I'd check if my landlords insurance policy covered pet damage (I can't see why it wouldn't) then I'd probably ask for a lump sum to cover the premium (and maybe the excess?).


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ACA story... tenants dog attacks neighbour !!!

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From: Ross Sondergeld


Hi,


Subject: RE: Pets in the House


Did anyone see... the A Current Affair (ACA) story about a lady taking legal
action against a neighbour, after being attacked by one of their dogs.

The lady is taking action against the managing agent and the landlord.

Interesting?


P.S. Story in QLD last night.


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