According to the RSPCA, of the 7.5 million Australian households – 63% include a pet. If you care to grab the calculator, which we did, that means about 2,240,000 pets live in homes across our country. Add to that, of those 7.5 million households, about 4,725,000 are leased to renters.

The facts stand that many tenants have pets and if you want to ensure maximine demand for your rental property then allowing is just a necessity. So how can it be managed.

1. Pet agreements
It’s a solution. We have a comprehensive agreement for the tenant to enter into that holds them not only responsible for any damage a pet may do to the property but also guides them on how to keep the pet.

2. Fencing
Is your property safe and secure? There is nothing a pet owner fears more than coming home to realise their beloved best friend is missing. If your property already has fencing either install a secure gate, or spend a little to make sure all latchings are strong and will stay shut on windy days.

3. Landscaping
Don’t spend a lot of money on landscaping if you want to allow tenants to have pets. Simple gardens with shrubs or trees –that don’t look like pretty digging areas, will last better than elaborate garden beds that are likely to be dug up by bored
dogs waiting for their owners to get home from work.

4. Cover
Making some basic improvements to your rental can ensure that there is an area of your property that a pet could get out of the weather? Putting this in place can ensure that its used by both the pet and the tenant.

5. Flooring
Last but not least floor coverings takes the worst beating if pets are allowed in the house, so if possible make sure your property’s floors are either tile or linoleum – this makes it easy for tenants to clean up any mess and to stop pets from causing any irreparable damage.

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