Renting with Pets
Many landlords are nervous about renting to a tenant with a pet, this is usually due to either having a bad experience in the past or knowing someone who has had a bad experience with pets in their investment home.
This can make finding a rental home with a pet extremely hard with a little as only 10% of rentals allow furry housemates.
However, things are slowly changing, making it easier to keep our loved ones with us. Many landlords will look at accepting a pet if the tenant is prepared to pay a little extra rent each week and/or there are guarantees in place that all damage gets rectified, the carpets cleaned and a flea spray completed at the end of the tenancy.
Things you need to know about renting with pets in NSW:
- Pets are allowed in rentals in NSW but you must have the consent of the landlord.
- It is the renter’s responsibility to ensure the property is suitable for their animal and they are liable for any damage caused.
- If you have a pet that is excessively loud or a nuisance interfering with the peace of your neighbours, it can be deemed a breach of your lease.
- If a landlord carries out a rental inspection they must take care if an animal is on the lease.
- By-laws in unit and apartment complexes include a pet clause, this will specify if you can keep a pet at the property and what kind of pet is can be.
Always remember as a tenant there is no harm in asking if a property is pet friendly, especially if you believe you have a strong tenancy application. Many owners may also consider letting you add a furry addition to your household instead of having to find new tenants.