Renting with pets

8 months ago

Recommended option: Owner cannot unreasonably refuse a tenant’s request to keep a pet and can require the tenant to meet special conditions, including to pay a pet bond

Tenants and owners would be supported to reach agreement on renting with pets by requiring property owners to have reasonable grounds for refusing a tenant’s request for a pet, such as unacceptable risks to health, safety or the condition of the property or the property is unsuitable for the proposed pet.

Tenants must comply with any rules or by-laws that apply in managed communities, such as community title schemes or park rules, and must repair any damage to the rental property caused by their pet during the tenancy.

Property owners could:

  • obtain a tribunal order to exclude pets (or a type of pet) from a rental property if a reasonable ground does not apply or the reason the property is unsuitable to keep pets or a type of pet is unlikely to change.
  • require the tenant to pay a pet bond OR include a special condition in the tenancy agreement for professional pest control and carpet cleaning to be undertaken at the end of the tenancy.
  • continue to claim against the rental bond for the costs to repair any damage caused by pets during the tenancy.

The proposed reforms would also encourage tenants and property owners to disclose information about pets to help reach agreement, for example through pet resumes or information about the suitability of the rental property for pets or a type of pet and any special conditions that may apply.

Consultation has concluded