Agreed. Move to a different area if you want pets that badly coz you're going to be up sh!t creek if you're evicted for having a pet, and even if you get rid of it you'll have a black mark against your name and finding a house will be even harder!
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We didn't have pets at all while we were renting. Even if one owner had allowed it, we had no idea if the next one would.
I just consider having no pets as one of the facts of renting, and another motivation to buy.
I think it's also very dishonest and risky. If we had tennants that lied about having a dog I would move to evicted them immediately.
Have you also thought that while you don't see / hear from your landlord that doesn't mean they aren't keeping an eye on the property? They, or someone they know, could be doing regular drive by inspections of the property, or they may know the neighbors, or have a friend in the area who might pass the property one day and see your illegal pet.
We had a landlord once that we never or saw or heard from, but worked out after a year that they were actually the 'weirdos' who would do a slow drive-by of our house every weekend!
Be honest OP! It's always the best policy.
We just waited till we bought our own house to get a dog, as we were worried about our rental prospects if we had one.
We rent so have accepted its best not to have pets.
I dont think its right to lie about it personally. Its a shame renting with pets is hard as i know our little girl would love a cat or a dog
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I guess everyone has to look at the risks involved.
Of course eviction is possible.
I was willing to take the risk and maybe it was luck that there was never an issue.
Anyway each to their own I would never allow damage to someone's property and when I moved they had no idea I had a pet so win win for everyone.
As pp said I wouldn't risk it - we have had so many neighbors call us (agents) dobbing in tenants who have dogs and if it's not in your lease it is cause for eviction , I know it's hard but just ask first just in case they say yes! If you are in a strata building ( unit,villa,townhouse) they have their own by-laws an owner cannot overrule
I'm in Sydney and I would say at least 60% of our landlords won't allow pets ( for many reasons and experiences other pp,s have mentioned)
One of the reasons we chose to leave our last rental was because the owner flat out refused to let us have a pet.
I absolutely support the owners right to say no to pets but his reason was that other tenants had done the wrong thing before. It did sting a little that it was purely that he did not trust us to do the right thing, especially as we had always been exceptional tenants (clean, rent paid 3 months ahead, accommodating to his constant unannounced visits).
We called around and found that there were properties in our area that would allow pets, cost the same and were bigger houses with AC etc. we applied for one, gave notice to the landlord and were moved in and had a new puppy within a week! I would suggest being honest and if all else fails and you really want a pet more than the current rental, you could alway look around.
I rent and have cats. We have just applied to have a dog. If she says yes then awesome.
I dont see myself as renting till I can afford to buy... hardly. We rent as we dont know what is going to happen in our relationship and future.. limbo land.
But my owner just put our rent up to $1100 a week so its hardly tough titties... I think she knows she is on to a good thing and would be highly surprised if she said no to a dog.
I find it funny when people say "just find a pet friendly property" ....like its easy. Its NOT easy...not in my experience anyway. We had references for our pets, were willing to pay more rent and a higher pet bond and we still got knocked back for numerous properties.
I can honestly understand why owners dont want someone elses pet POSSIBLY ruining their home...I can.....but not all pets are feral and not all pet owners are lazy scum who will let their pets destroy the property. I can see both sides, but I do laugh when people think its easy to 'just find a pet friendly alternative' ....these days its getting harder and harder and harder.
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