A Guide To Renting With Pets For Tenants In Adelaide.
Across Adelaide suburbs of South Australia, keeping pets in private rental properties (other than those in a strata or community title scheme) including rooming houses, is left to the discretion of property owners. In terms of strata or community title properties, residents must not, without the strata or community corporation’s consent, keep any animal at the property.
Responsible pet owners often make very good long term tenants, the kind of tenants landlords want because they generally take extra care when cleaning and looking after the property.
With over 60% of households owning a pet, it’s obvious pets play a large part in our lives, however pet friendly rentals Adelaide tenants require are still quite hard to find.
Sadly, many tenants have not proven themselves responsible, forcing many landlords to change their position on allowing pets to be kept, but you can give yourself the best chance to secure your next rental by taking positive action.
Special circumstances do exist for access to accommodation to people who use assistance dogs, assistance animals and therapeutic animals.
Finding A Pet Friendly Rental Property In Adelaide
How To Apply For & Secure A Pet Friendly Rental Property In Adelaide
There’s no denying it’s harder to find pet friendly rental properties in Adelaide, however, there are some simple things you can do to increase your chances in finding a suitable rental property for you and your pet.
Preparation and the ability to demonstrate you’re going to be a responsible tenant with a pet is important when you are trying to secure a suitable rental property. Here is a list of some proven methods which may help.
Be Prepared To Impress
Cast A Wide Net
Be Honest With Regards To Your Pet
The key is to come prepared and clearly demonstrate to your prospective landlord that you have been, you are, and will continue to be, a responsible pet owner. A pet resume is a good way to provide key and honest information on your pet’s qualities and other details such as registration, proof of vaccinations and passing obedience training. A pet reference from past and current neighbours combined with a reference from past or current landlords can help provide a strong case for responsible pet ownership.
A pet agreement is also worth considering so that the approval to keep pets can be documented.
Ask your current landlord to provide a reference for you and your pet. If you have a good relationship with your neighbours, ask them for one too.
Competition for rental properties that do allow pets is high, so you need to make your tenancy application stand out from others. Have all your information ready so that you can apply on the spot.
Double check that your rental application is not missing any details and that all the necessary paperwork is attached. You will help yourself by ensuring you’re an organised and well prepared applicant.
Unless a property specifically states that ‘No Pets are Allowed’, it’s worth asking whether your furry friend may be considered and submitting your application along with supporting documents such as your pets resume. Sometimes too, with a strong history of being a responsible tenant with a pet, property managers from Salvan have successfully convinced landlords to accept pets in their rental properties.
Honesty is always the only policy. If you’re not honest about your pet owning status, you will put at great risk any rental tenancy you may acquire and cause yourself unnecessary stress at the time you’re found out and for the future too. Be honest if your pet will be kept inside regularly.
How To Show You’re A Responsible Pet Owner & Become A Long Term Tenant In Adelaide
Following these simple points will help you demonstrate to Salvan property managers that you’re a responsible pet owner and that the landlords home will be in good hands with you.
Be House Proud
Be Proactive With Your Neighbours
- Introduce yourself and your pet to all of your surrounding neighbours, in the first week of moving in if you can
- Let your neighbours know that if they have any concerns, you’ll be happy to address them.
Love Your Pet
Left Home Alone
- Provide safe, interesting toys on a rotating basis to challenge your pet and consider providing a scratching post or a climbing tree if you have a cat.
- Make the most of the time you spend with your pet when you’re around. Remember that regular exercise and play can entertain and help expend built up energy
- Arrange for a trusted neighbour, friends or family to drop by and give your pet some love and attention during time that you’re away, especially for younger dogs and cats
- Some pets feel anxious when left at home alone and may suffer from ‘separation anxiety’. Leaving a radio on can often be helpful and discuss this with your Vet if your dog or cat appears to be affected by this.
Noise and Barking
Maintain a high standard of cleanliness and sanitation at all times, cleaning up and disposing of any animal waste as soon as possible should be a given. Using fragrant smelling nappy bags will help to keep the smell from reaching neighbours in your out door bin.
Actions, not words can help to ensure that your relationship with your neighbours is positive:
While the basics of care applies to all pets, enough food and water, a safe place to sleep, physical and mental exercise, socialising etc. each pet will also have their own individual needs, just like humans do. You can understand your pet’s specific needs by talking to your vet and by spending quality time with your furry companion and paying close attention to their behaviour.
Dogs can spend up to 14 hours a day sleeping and cats even more. Keeping your pet’s mind and body active can be helpful to eliminate boredom and nuisance behaviours. Here are some ideas to help you do this:
Barking can be a big problem for neighbours and is generally caused by boredom, separation anxiety, territorial behaviour or a reaction to noises and even fear. A simple solution to barking behaviour is to keep your toilet trained dog inside (if possible).
Dogs feel more secure inside and are less likely to bark at pedestrians or other dogs. It’s also important to ensure your dog gets regular exercise and becomes familiar with what’s outside.
Just like children, dogs especially need guidance and clear and consistent boundaries, so it’s vital that dogs are trained and socialised when puppies. Although there is still a stigma attached to renting with pets, it’s definitely worth the effort to put your best foot forward and be prepared to provide helpful information about your pet that will be used to make the landlords decision.
Salvan are strong supporters of pet friendly rentals Adelaide tenants are looking for and will be strong advocates when putting your case forward to prospective landlords.