Renting with Pets in Melbourne

Finding a rental property in Melbourne that will accept your furry friends can often be a challenge.

There have been a number of horror stories published in recent years where pets have caused irreparable damage to rental properties. Consequently, this has caused landlords and managing agents alike to be understandably cautious when dealing with an application including pets.

I can’t begin to tell you how often I would call a landlord to discuss a potential rental application and as soon as I mentioned that there was a cat or a dog included you could hear the hesitation in their voice. As a Leasing Consultant the greatest tool I could use was to be able to email a copy of a ‘pet resume’ that the applicants had put together. This provides an opportunity for you to present a summary of your pet’s best qualities and your awareness of your responsibilities as a pet owner.

Needless to say the most crucial feature of the pet resume was the photo! I would encourage the applicants to include the most adorable and current picture you have of your pet, immaculately presented, looking as through butter wouldn’t melt in his/her mouth.

They say a picture is worth a 1000 words and this will ultimately put your potential landlord at ease when they see that the dog in the picture doesn’t resemble the dog from the movie ‘The sandlot kids’ as they had first feared.

Please see below for an example of a winning ‘pet resume’ that I have created for my make-believe dog Strawberry!

Additional Tip:

If your landlord is still hesitant to approve your application with your pet, you could offer an additional ‘pet bond’ on top of the required advertised bond. That way the landlord is confident that if your pet does cause any damage, they will be financially compensated. An additional 2-4 weeks rent on top of the mandatory bond should be adequate.   

There are a number of tips and tricks that we have up our sleeve to ensure you and your best mate secure your ideal pad – give us a call to find out more!