renting with pets
Rental Property June 12, 2019

Renting with pets: our top tips

They say a dog is a man’s best friend. But landlords aren’t always so fond of our four-legged friends! Renting with pets can make things a little harder, especially in such a competitive rental market. We have a few tips and tricks that can help get you and your much loved pooch or moggy approved for your next rental.

Honesty is the best policy

Landlords appreciate tenants to be up front, and might be open to the idea of a pet, even with an advertised ‘no pets’ policy. If you’re dishonest about a pet, chances are a landlord will find out which can cause all sorts of problems.

Make your pet a resume

You might know that your mini schnoodle is a well-trained angel. But the landlord might be picturing a yappy, curtain-eating terror. A pet resume with plenty of information and references might change their mind. Include breed, age, personality and behaviour, whether they are during work hours, where they sleep and whether they bark. References could make all the difference, from previous landlords, doggy day care, trainer or vet.

Pet bonds and bonuses

Landlords in New Zealand can’t ask for a specific pet bond. However you could offer to pay the full four weeks bond, or even pay a little extra rent to compensate for the inconvenience.

Put it in writing

Tenancy agreements can include a pet clause, stating what will happen if any damage occurs as a result of the pet. When renting with pets, the tenancy agreement should also state:

– the number of pets allowed
– the type of pets allowed
– what happens if the tenancy wants a new or replacement pet

Be responsible

Once you’re in your new home with your much loved pet, now you need to prove what a great tenant you are. Ensure your pet doesn’t make any damage to the property, and keep your dog from barking. If any pet damage does occur, let the landlord know immediately, pay for the damage and arrange a repair as quickly as possible. A good relationship with your landlord can go a long way, and they’ll be able to recommend you and your pet when you eventually need a reference for your next home.

Looking for more tips to get approved for your next rental? Our MoveSmart loan means you’re ready to go with bond finance and other move-in costs, making it nice and easy for the landlord to say yes. Check out our other tips here.