According to the RSPCA, an increasing number of people are being forced to give up their pets because they can’t find pet-friendly rental accommodation.
Some property owners have suggested they would be more likely to allow animals if they could ask for a ‘pet bond’, giving them extra protection against the possible damage to their properties by pets.
However, current Queensland laws do not allow for a pet bond to be taken.
RTA General Manager Fergus Smith said the issue of increased bonds to cover specific areas such as pets or swimming pools was considered carefully in the last review of the legislation in 2007.
“Pet bonds were not adopted as the current maximum bond of four weeks rent was considered to be adequate in providing a measure of protection for lessors, while remaining affordable for tenants,” he said.
“The rental bond can be used to cover the cost of damage of any kind, including that caused by pets.”
Tenants are responsible for any damage to the property caused by their pets.
Mr Smith said lessors could protect themselves and offer tenants clarity on the issue by ensuring specific details about pets are written into the residential tenancy agreement such as:
- whether or not pets are approved
- the type of pet permitted
- how many pets are allowed
“If the lessor/agent and the tenant agree on other terms such as pest control once the tenancy has ended, or if the pet is allowed indoors, they should be included in the tenancy agreement’s special terms,” Mr Smith said.
Source: RTA April – May 2012 Newsletter