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Living with your Pet Pals
March 7th, 2014

There is no denying it when it comes to the benefits of pet ownership – better health, lower risk of cardiovascular disease, increased fitness levels, safer community living, and a stronger sense of happiness and home satisfaction. In fact, a recent study conducted by the Petcare Information and Advisory Service (PIAS), found that around 60 percent of Australian households enjoy the company of one to two pets – one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world. With the numbers set high, it’s not surprising there exists an increasing demand for pet friendly properties across all states and territories.

Pet friendly strata residences attract more people (almost double) and are known to enjoy higher profits and lower turnover rates. It’s also been revealed that pet friendly properties help promote a stronger and more social apartment community, with the benefits even improving body corporate operations and decision making.

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Applying for a Pet-friendly Pad

If you’re looking to make your property pet friendly, then there are a number of parties you must first seek approval from before introducing your new friend to the neighbourhood.

Start first by reviewing the property agreement, or by asking your property manager about the property’s pet policy. Request when the policy was last reviewed too – it may be time for the strata scheme to update their policy, so to meet the needs of modern lifestyles.

Check your local council restrictions regarding animals and property sizing.  As a rule of thumb, the maximum number of dogs allowed for a property less than 600sqm, is two.

Submit a pet application form to your landlord, as well as to your body corporate. The pet application form may include a photograph and details of the pet, as well as copies of any council related documents, and or references from previous property managers and owners. Submitting these sorts of details ensures your body corporate has all the relevant information they need to make an informed decision.

Be sure the body corporate assessment is based on the well being of the animal and not the preference of other property owners. If your application is refused, ensure the verdict is fair and reasonable. It is certainly possible to revoke a decision if such standard of judgment is not met.

In collaboration with your body corporate, create a pet keeping agreement. This agreement should outline your responsibilities as a pet owner within the strata community. Agreements can detail a range of rules you must adhere to, from pet waste disposal, to where your your pet can and cannot move throughout the property.

Living with your Pet

If you are already renting with a pet, or perhaps are looking to in the future, here are some friendly tips to promote a healthy and happy cohabitation.

  • If you’re on the pet hunt, choose your breed carefully. Criteria such as size, shredding capacity, exercise requirements and responsiveness should play a more important role in your decision making while renting.
  • Ensure your pet is healthy, with fresh water and food available daily. This might save them from searching your neighbors yard.  Regular veterinary checks will also guarantee all vaccinations are up to date and prevent the spread of any animal related diseases around your property. Keep all documentation as evidence, should a dispute with your landlord arise regarding your pet’s health.
  • Keep your pet clean and wormed. Also apply regular flea and tick protection to help prevent unwanted houseguests. Again, keep all documentation in case any management discrepancies arise.
  • If possible, house train your pet. Animal waste can pollute waterways and carry diseases that can be transmitted to humans. Waste and disposal guidelines are often outlined in the body corporate agreement under pet keeping requirements.
  • Always provide your pet with toys and other forms of amusement if you will be away from them for the majority of the day. It’s cheaper to deal with the damage done to the pet toy then the property.
  • If necessary, have your pet registered with your local council.
  • As a pet owner, always consider obedience training – it’s by no means a requirement, but it will make life for you as an owner and the people living near you a lot easier.

 

CBS Property Group

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