Would you rent to a tenant with pets?

CatIf you’re thinking of putting your Mudgee investment property on the rental market, you may have been asked whether or not you’ll accept tenants with pets.  It’s not unusual when scrolling through available rental properties to find that many have a ‘no pets’ policy.  As a landlord you are well within your rights to say that you do not want pets in your property, and we know there are various reasons people can’t have pets such as body corporate restrictions.  But if there are no serious reasons to exclude pets, why would you choose to eliminate potentially fantastic tenants just on this basis?

In a hot Mudgee rental market, when supply is barely meeting demand, you’re less likely to feel the pinch and can probably afford to be a little choosier when selecting from a bunch of applications.  However, when rental home supply starts to outweigh tenant demand, you really need to think clearly about just what your priorities are.  Is it more important for you to have a tenant who is financially stable with outstanding references and hoping to stay long term, or to have a tenant who is simply sans pets?

I was interested to overhear a conversation between two landlords recently.  One was quite shocked to discover their friend had allowed their tenant to buy a pet cat.   When asked why, the other simply stated, “Because it’s my investment, but it’s their home”.  Looking after your tenants can help establish much more positive relationships, and will likely ensure you keep your tenants happier for longer – and we all know that enjoying a continual rental income with no vacancy periods can be very hard to beat!

Naturally your Property Manager will be able to help you with this decision.  It is often recommended that Mudgee home owners do not advertise for ‘no pets’, but instead consider each tenancy application on its own merits.  If the best tenant for your Mudgee home comes with a cat, dog, fish or bird, your Property Manager will discuss various clauses that can be added to your tenancy agreement so that their pets will merely impact their lifestyle, not your home’s condition or value.

If you’d like more information about renting out your Mudgee investment property, please contact our Professionals Mudgee Real Estate Property Management team.

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