Finding a rental for you and your furry friend can be quite difficult! You’ll find your rental opportunities will dramatically decrease when you have a pet, but it’s not impossible to find a rental that can suit both you and your pooch. If you’re serious about finding a rental property you need to eliminate the ‘fear’ factor from your landlord by taking a few extra steps to reassure them your pet won’t damage their property. Take a look at our tips on how you can secure a rental with a pet from iThink Property Manager, Mikki Pohatu.
NEVER TRY AND HIDE YOUR PET
The first thing you need to do is be up front. Don’t start off on the wrong foot and try to hide the fact you have a four-legged friend! You will always get caught out. When you start looking at potential properties, it can be hard to see if they are pet-friendly. Not all rentals advertise their pet policy, so the best thing to do is just ask! And when you do, go into detail about your pet; is it big or small, inside or outside, long or short hair?
If you have large German Shepherd and you’re trying to score a small one bedroom apartment, you may want to think again! Think of your furry friend and what type of space they need. You may need to take some time to browse a few properties before you find the perfect one, but it will be well worth it once you spot one that suits everyone!
CREATE A PET REFERENCE
Just like how a property manager will contact references to see what type of tenant you’ll be, they’d like to know about your pet’s behaviour as well! If you’ve rented before, try asking your landlord for a pet reference. If they decline, seek someone who knows your pet’s behaviour well and can comment on it if they’re contacted. It’s also a good idea to include information such as their age, gender, whether they are de-sexed, microchipped etc. Taking the time to go the extra mile by supplying the property manager with these details could make the world of difference!
KEEP RECORDS OF EVERYTHING
When we say everything, we mean it! Keep all your records of vet visits, vaccination certificates, proof they passed puppy school etc. Make sure they are all kept in a handy spot so you can pull them out at any time. By providing these details, this can reassure the property manager and landlord you are a responsible pet owner.
OFFER MORE RENT
If you’re head over heels in love with the property but your property manager is still a little hesitant in allowing your pet, try offering a little more rent. Let them know you are genuinely interested and are serious about your application. But make sure you respect the property manager and owner if they decline your offer!
MIKKI POHATU – PROPERTY MANAGER
07 3202 3040
Mikki is passionate about helping others and believes the most rewarding part of her job is helping tenants find their dream rental. No challenge is ever too big for Mikki, constantly exceeding expectations and providing next level customer service to all our clients.
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