Some States and Territories have begun relaxing laws preventing tenants from becoming pet owners or taking up a lease with a pet.
Here is a breakdown of the current laws:
As of March 2, landlord can’t reasonably refuse a tenants
request to keep a pet and a tenant must request in writing from the landlord.
Tenants however, can be liable to pay damages/compensation for any damages done
to the rental property
The Residential Tenancies Act 2010 doesn’t prevent tenants
from bringing pets onto a property but many leases will have a clause
specifically relating to pets.
It’s not illegal for landlords to put a "no pets” clause
unless it is an assistance/companion animal.
Additionally, tenants will have to adhere to strata by-laws
Queensland requires tenants to ask permission to keep their
pets inside a rental property. It is completely the landlord’s discretion as to
whether or not they allow the pets.
South Australian landlords may decline a tenant’s request
but if they allow a pet in the property, they could stipulate that tenant’s
must professionally clean and fumigate the property, as well as holding
Landlords in WA can charge an additional pet bond if they allow
a pet. The maximum pet bond is $260
Also up to a landlord’s discretion. Tenants will have pay
for damages incurred.
Tenants can now request in writing to the landlord and
landlords have 14 days to reach a decision. If a landlord says no, they have to
make an application to the tribunal to prove it’s a reasonable denial and if
the tribunal rejects the application, the tenant can keep the pet on the rental
A landlord can refuse a request but it must be submitted to
the ACT’s Civil & Administrative Tribunal, who will make a decision.
For more articles about letting pets in your investment
property, read our other article here: https://www.realrenta.com.au/blog/post/586
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Sunday, 8 March 2020