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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiemama View Post
    It's actually an interesting point as leases that do not allow pets are against the Residential Tennancies Act and actually uninforcible. There is nothing in the Residential Tennancies Act that says you cannot have pets (unless a pet you have causes damage to the property) and so even if you sign a lease stating you will not have pets, you could still keep them there and if you were taken to court over it, well, the tennants generally win unless there is damage to the house. Basically you cannot write a lease that overrides the Act. This is the case for Victoria anyway. My husband is a Real Estate Agent!
    Excellent information, thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiemama View Post
    It's actually an interesting point as leases that do not allow pets are against the Residential Tennancies Act and actually uninforcible. There is nothing in the Residential Tennancies Act that says you cannot have pets (unless a pet you have causes damage to the property) and so even if you sign a lease stating you will not have pets, you could still keep them there and if you were taken to court over it, well, the tennants generally win unless there is damage to the house. Basically you cannot write a lease that overrides the Act. This is the case for Victoria anyway. My husband is a Real Estate Agent!
    Hmmm very interesting I wonder I'f the same applies to nsw??
    I've checked the nsw act and I couldn't see it anywhere

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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiemama View Post
    It's actually an interesting point as leases that do not allow pets are against the Residential Tennancies Act and actually uninforcible. There is nothing in the Residential Tennancies Act that says you cannot have pets (unless a pet you have causes damage to the property) and so even if you sign a lease stating you will not have pets, you could still keep them there and if you were taken to court over it, well, the tennants generally win unless there is damage to the house. Basically you cannot write a lease that overrides the Act. This is the case for Victoria anyway. My husband is a Real Estate Agent!
    I am not sure how it can be against the RT act when a lease has a section for special conditions which if not met can end in the termination of the lease. I am not sure in other states but in WA the rental body called REIWA set the amount for pet bonds which has just increased from $100 to $260 ( to cover the increased costs in fumigation) so if your keeping pets and not paying the bond then the tenant is going against the conditions for pets in a rental anyway.

    I don't think any landlord should be forced to allow tenants to keep pets ,it's their investment so their choice. Lol I think children do far more damage than pets ,I joke about it with my landlord all the time.

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    I didn't read any of the other posts, but yes, I do.

    Of course it's personal choice and up to the landlord to decide, but I'd rent to people who had pets.

    As part of the rental agreement I'd want to meet the animals. If the applicants were a bunch of filthy people with a troop of undersocialised and undesexed random dogs in tow, I'd say no.
    If it's a nice person, or couple, with a well cared for dog or cat, yes, sure.

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    I don't see any issue with the owner not allowing pets. It's their home, it's up to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToughLove View Post
    I didn't read any of the other posts, but yes, I do.

    Of course it's personal choice and up to the landlord to decide, but I'd rent to people who had pets.

    As part of the rental agreement I'd want to meet the animals. If the applicants were a bunch of filthy people with a troop of undersocialised and undesexed random dogs in tow, I'd say no.
    If it's a nice person, or couple, with a well cared for dog or cat, yes, sure
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    This, I think is reasonable yes but then I probably wouldn't rent to the owners either . This would come under, applying then being turned down....although I don't think a reason needs to be given.

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    I think it is the owners choice, I rent and have been screwed over by landlords who said we could have pets then when we went to get the pets the owner refused.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterlily View Post
    Do you know I have actually seen private rentals with "no kids"
    We actually got one(with kids) the PM FORGOT to mention that we had kids to the owner, the house was a run down dive and it was dirty not even fit for kids but we had been to 500 viewings in 6 months and we were still homeless so we took it. We had signed the lease when she realized and it actually said on the file NO KIDS and from her reaction not because the house was unsuitable but because he did not want or like kids ruining his house. The house was left in sale condition when we left and since the OWNER was the previous tenant it says that we were better at maintaining his property then he was.
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    Each to their own but I wouldn’t allow pets in an investment property.

    veggiemama that may be the case in victoria but not so in NSW.

    For those in NSW - the Residential Tenancies Act and Regulations 2010 that came into effect as of January 2011 provides the landlord with the option not to allow pets.

    The Regulations actually provide the
    standard form of a residential tenancy agreement which has a section called "Additional terms for pets". The landlord is able to stipulate yes or no and the actual pet they will allow in this agreement.

    This also stipulates that the
    Bond cannot exceed no more then 4 weeks rent. Any additional bond that is stipulated because of pets cannot take the total over the 4 weeks rent. The NSW Dept of Fair Trading also states that tenants cannot be asked to pay additional bond because they have pets. Like LoveyDovey most landlords that allow pets take a higher rent which allows for a bigger bond to get around it.

    The Act has no other mention of pets other than that the landlord may add an additional term to the agreement to stipulate that the carpets must be professionally cleaned at the end of the lease by the tenant if the landlord permits the tenant to keep an animal on the property.


    BlissedOut in NSW the rental agreement requires a maximum number of tenants to be stipulated. It may be the same in QLD.

    HTH


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    As a land lord, we have a general rule of no pets but it depends on the pet.


    As a tenant, I was pretty sad to have to find a temp home for my boys & had to rehome one of them to my parents house. We proved our selves as good tenants than asked if our boys could move in.


    It honestly depends on the size of the pet, I'm not going to let someone have a horse on a 300sq block.


 

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