Renting with Pets

Renting With Pets

Finding a pet-friendly rental property can be tricky business for tenants. With a recent study from the Animal Health Alliance revealing that more than 63 percent of Australian households currently own pets and more than 83 percent of Australians have had a pet in their lifetime, it’s no surprise that pet-friendly rental properties are shutterstock_74523274in high demand.

Despite this high demand, less than 10 percent of all Australian rental properties are listed as pet-friendly –  a critical shortage of appropriate accommodation for  pet-owning households and a very real problem for residential tenants and their companion animal friends.

It’s no secret that many landlords and agents are hesitant to rent properties to tenants with pets.  They worry about potential property damage, additional costs and extra administrative burdens – yet renting to pet owners actually makes great business and economic sense, removes the issue of hidden pets, and can help move rental properties faster and keep them occupied for longer.

Plus, keeping tenants and their pets together helps reduce the rates of animal surrender, rehoming and euthanasia, and helps to nurture and sustain the irreplaceable human-animal bond between pet owners and their companion animals.

Information for Tenants, Agents and Landlords

Renting with pets can be a simple and enjoyable process for all parties.  The Australian Companion Animal Council has released the following brochures and forms to assist tenants, landlords and managing agents with all aspects of renting with pets.

A Guide For Tenants Renting with Pets 

A Guide for Landlords and Managing Agents

Pet Application and Agreement Forms

AWLA’s position

AWLA supports pet ownership as making an important and effective contribution to human health and wellbeing and advocates for the rights of tenants to retain their companion animals in rental accommodation and the rights of residents subject to the authority of a body corporate who are prevented from having a companion animal. Find out more about AWLA’s policies here.

AWLA also supports the rights of those living in centrally managed aged care facilities to have companion animals through a range of practical measures, including our Positive Ageing in the Company of Animals campaign and our Pets in Aged Care Grants Program.