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Property Management | 4 Negotiations To Influence The Landlord to Accommodate Your Pet

Data from the Animal Health Alliance reveals that nearly 5 million of the existing 7.6 million Australian households have pets. But many landlords and property management companies have strict 'no pet' clauses in lease agreements because they simply don't want the added hassle that comes along with pet owner tenants. But you could undertake some negotiations to influence your landlord or property management company into accommodating your furry friends. 

Offer Higher-Than-Advertised Weekly Rent 

Property managers advertised a certain rental amount every week? You can offer more rent to cover the cost of your furry friends. The lure of the added rent can work as an excellent negotiation factor when arriving at a compromise. If you have the budget to offer a few extra dollars, let the landlord or property management company know. You can also commit to a longer tenant contract, which means that the landlord and property manager will have less trouble constantly looking for new tenants in the future. With these alluring offers, you just might reverse the tide in your favour.

Commit To Paying A Higher Security Deposit

Apart from paying more rent, you may be able to secure the apartment if you offer to pay a higher security deposit. This higher 'pet' security deposit may be utilised by the landlord or property management company in case your pet causes any unforeseen damage in the home. The idea of this additional security deposit may help you secure the home without having to leave your precious furry friend behind.

Assure The Owner That Your Pet Is A Good Roommate – Through Pet References

If a landlord or property manager is reluctant to offer you the home, assure them that your pet is a good roommate through references. A pet reference document should include everything from vaccinations, vet receipts, age, temperament, previous landlord references, behaviour training certificates and more. The idea of a pet reference is to build as much credibility for your pet as possible –– just like you would with any other roommate or family member when requested for by your landlord.

Choose A Rent-Friendly Pet In The First Place

If you have always been a tenant and are looking for a pet, your best option is to choose a rent-friendly pet to avoid the hassles that may come with bigger breeds of dogs. For instance, small to medium dogs that don't shed much fur and have softer barks are perhaps more rent-friendly than larger dogs like Rottweilers and Dobermans. If you already have these larger dogs or are adamant about getting one, obedience training certificates and general health care certificates can help your case.

If you're looking to secure a rental with your pets, follow these brainy negotiations to influence your landlord or property management company into accommodating them.