It is a question that property managers get asked very frequently when showing potential tenants a property, but statistics on rental properties show that pet-friendly homes only make up a small fraction of the market.
Tenants can sometimes feel locked out of the rental market if the family pet is disallowed in their new home. While disappointing for prospective tenants, in actual fact often it’s landlords who are the ones missing out, as banning pets significantly reduces the pool of tenants.
Met with great enthusiasm by pet-lovers, just last month the Victorian Government passed reforms to the State’s Residential Tenancy Act, which gives renters the opportunity to own a pet in a rental property provided they have consent from the landlord. This is a change that will benefit not only pet-loving tenants looking for a stable rental home, but landlords too.
Despite almost two-thirds of the population owning a pet, when tenants are looking for a property to rent and consistently being met with ‘no pets allowed,’ some have no choice but to surrender their beloved family pet to organisations such as the RSPCA .
The RSPCA have released figures suggesting that between 15-30 per cent of cats and dogs surrendered were due to owners being unable to allow pets in their rental property. Unfortunately not all of these can be re-homed.
Putting the effect a pet may or may not have on property aside, the effect pet ownership has stems deeper through the connection between pets and their owners. Pets have been linked to a decrease in loneliness and improved social and physical well being, amongst other positive outcomes.
The responsible pet owner is well aware of the concerns a landlord may have in allowing a four-legged friend to live in their property and will often ensure extra care is given to maintaining the property.