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How To Secure A Rental Without Having To Rehome Your Pets

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It is no secret that renting with pets can be a challenge (who are we kidding, it can be an absolute nightmare!). The whole process of applying for a rental property can be a daunting and stress inducing experience, chuck a much beloved furbaby into the mix and I guarantee that you will be second guessing your decision to relocate. 

Not surprisingly in October 2013 REA Group noted that nationally ‘just 5% of active rental listings were considered pet friendly’. With a nationwide shortage of rental dwellings coupled with the ingrained culture of pet discrimination; what are renters supposed to do?

Here are our top tips to ensure your application gets noticed:

1) Offer $10 a week increase to the advertised rent

Now we know this may not be an option for everyone but if it is within your budget I highly recommend you consider this! 

Money talks and it talks loudly, put this under the agent and landlords nose and I guarantee you will be sniffed out and bumped to the top of the application pile.

2) Supply a “Pet Resume” along with your application Include well behaved photos of your pooches along with a one page document that highlights your efforts to be a responsible pet owner.

Include evidence of immunisation history, any evidence of behaviour training (such as puppy preschool) and references from current neighbours.

3) Invite the agent over for a cuppa! 

I know I know…you don’t want to do this one BUT I guarantee that firstly they won’t take you up on the offer and secondly it will show that you have nothing to hide and will definitely make the agent remember you!

4) Make sure your social media reflects what you have declared in your application

The first thing I do when I receive an application that I am not 100% sure about is jump on Facebook and do a bit of snooping. If you have promised that your pet is outdoor only but your profile picture shows you rugged up on the lounge with said pet on lap then you can rest assured that your application will be pushed to the side.

Instead, I want to see pictures of animals being walked regularly and played with outside (surrounded by well-maintained lawns of course).

5) Last but not least, DON’T LIE!

We know sometimes it is easier to bend the truth rather than risk being rejected but if there is even the slightest hint of deception I can promise that your application will be sidelined straight away.

Remember we have seen EVERY trick in the book…

If by some miracle you do make it in the door after a deceptive application do you really want to be living with the fear that a neighbour will complain about barking or that we will catch you half an hour before your periodic inspection shuffling cat cages into your car?

At the end of the day if you want a good relationship with your landlord where you can request repairs without the fear of eviction then respect their rules for their property and do the right thing. In return you will have a long term, secure home and not have to go through the application process again for a long time to come.

Written by Peggy Willcox from Mooney Real Estate

Website:  http://www.mooneyre.com.au

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