Common Problems

Assisting Clients with Pets

Finding accommodation with a pet can be really difficult because it’s hard to find accommodation with a backyard that is affordable.

It’s also difficult to find accommodation providers open to having pets at the property.

A significant issue for people experiencing homelessness with pets is that rooming houses and crisis-supported accommodations and refuges are unable to have pets at their property.

There are providers in the community that provide dog-sitting at a cost.

It is often the case that people with pets need to find private rental independently or shared private rental.

Two things they can do to advocate for themselves when looking for private rental is offer to sign a pet contract and make a pet resume.

Pet Contract

Offer to sign a pet contract with the landlord. A pet contract establishes what you will the tenant will do in the event that pets cause damage. E.g. Commit to removing all traces of your pets at the end of the tenancy, including carpet steam cleaning, flea treatment and deodorising. Pet Deposit
** Victoria does not permit the payment of pet specific deposits or bonds.

Pet Resume

A pet resume is a great tool when applying for rental properties. Pet resumes provide an opportunity to present potential landlords and property managers with a summary of your animal's best qualities and examples of your responsibility as a pet owner. Pet resumes may help you overcome any prejudices or previous negative experiences that a landlord may have about pets.

Your pet resume should include a description of characteristics of your pets that make them good neighbours, how you keep your pets free of infectious disease and parasites, and how you take care of wastes from your pets.

Include:

  • Description of your pets breed, age, activity level, and temperament
  • Examples of your pets' good behaviour
  • Arrangements for taking care of your pets when you are at work or out of town
  • Vaccination status, Flea and internal/external parasite prevention

Here are two examples: