There has been much talk about the rental reform as many clients are under the impression that they have no rights in regards to accepting pets at their rental property.
Under the new provision a landlord can no longer have a blanket “No Pet” Policy.
Tenants will be required to request approval for pets however landlords will now be limited to 14 days to respond to the approval.
Landlords must also only refuse the tenant having pets under reasonable grounds – for example but not limited to: the property is not adequately fenced or having the pet would contravene a council law.
This provision however does allow for a landlord to put conditions on the keeping of a pet for example but not limited to: the requirement to have the property professionally fumigated.
It’s worth mentioning that pet damage has been excluded from the definition of fair wear and tear. This means property owners will be able to seek compensation for damage that’s caused by pets.
In essence as a professional property manager of 21 years, I would deem Provision 2 a reasonable expectation on both landlords and tenants to ensure a fruitful long term tenancy.
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