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    I'm interested in hearing people's experience with renting with dogs. I have heard of people developing dog resumes with training experience and references to show to potential landlords. Has anyone done this? Have people found it difficult to find a place to rent with their dog?

    Thanks!

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    I work in Real Estate and we get a lot of applications turned down because the person wanting to rent has a pet. You will have probably noticed that a lot of houses being advertised for rent will either say PETS ALLOWED or NO PETS. I have seen a couple of people try and convince land lords that their pets are well trained and don't make mess etc, but the landlords don't want to hear it. Sometimes landlords will be lenient if you have had a dog or cat for several years (and sometimes, they like to see proof).

    Where I work, around 6 out of 10 houses don't want pets to be allowed. It's sad though, because then you either have to find your pet another home, or not rent a place at all. Even if you do find a place to rent that allows pets, swarms of other people looking to rent with a pet will be applying as well, so it's really difficult for the landlord to decide who they want in their house. One of our landlords had over 200 applications to sort through
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    Yep it is hard. I rented for years and only ever had fish and a python (becuase it could live in a terrarium) for a while. I have always wanted a dog but didn't want to risk having to part with him. So I waited till I bought my own place. It would be hard as a landlord to allow it as many people would abuse the privledge and let their dog inside on carpet etc Very sad tho as pets are so lovely.

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    Ally, so great to hear from someone in the industry! Do u suggest I call up and ask if pets are allowed before going to see the property? Also, does it tend to be the older, cheaper houses that accept pets?

    Cheers!

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    I have no recent experience as I have been in this rented house for 8 yrs now. We had no problems with pet approval, but these days I hear it's hard and it does pay to have good references for your pets.

    The owners have turned up here unannounced from time to time and they are always happy with how neat and tidy the house and yard is...they know I love it here and look after the place.

    I do let the pets inside on the carpet (and we have an approved indoor only cat)... I have an agreement with the owners to get the carpets cleaned every 6 months and I pay for pest control once per yr and they pay for pest control once per yr also...so it's also done every 6 months. I also have an agreement to fix all the flyscreens myself at my own expence if the indoor only cat damages them (or CANDYYYY!! lol)...also anything else the pets damage. The dog poop gets picked up daily and put in the bin (not the garden) oh, and we even have 2 guinea pigs that live inside in a big 4 ft fishtank...and let out into their cage on the grass daily. I'd love a cple of chooks too...LOL, but they poop too much all over the grass...lol

    I certainly don't want to move...it wouldn't be very likley we'd find another pet friendly place like this one.

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    Yes I would suggest that. Just call them up and ask if there are any pet friendly rentals at the present time! Yeah sometimes it does tend to be the older, cheaper rentals
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    I have rented several different houses since having my dogs (we move around alot by choice)..... and YES it is more difficult to find pet friendly rental homes but it is definantly not impossible! The houses we have rented have been perfectly lovely and nice and i dont think its just the old crappy houses which let you have pets... pffttt.....
    Some landlords specify for "small dogs" only.... this irks me...... i think it should be no dogs or dogs allowed... not "some dogs allowed".. iykwim!

    One of the biggest issues we have had with renting with our pets is the fence situation.... we never seem to find houses with good dog proof fences (but then.. is any fence Kelpie proof??? lol)... but we have always been allowed to erect fences which we have then taken down when moving out!

    When looking for houses i dont even bother looking at a house if it doesnt allow dogs...... its always the first thing i ask the real estate....
    It makes me mad when people get rid of there pets because they move into a house which doesnt allow them..
    When i got my dogs.. i comminted to have them for there entire life... and no anal landlord is going to change that! My dogs will always live with me...and there is always a landlord out there willing to let responsible dog owners.. rent with there dogs!

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    Thanks for all the advice guys! I am now up to the stage of application and have heard that people sometimes prepare 'doggy resumes' to give to potential landlords.

    Included would be a photo and description of the dog, dog club affiliations and references.

    Has anyone else heard of this being done. Any suggestions on what else I can include or what I can do to improve my chances of getting accepted

    (sorry, for some reason my question mark button is not working!)

    Cheers!

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    I've been renting with dogs for 3 years - between 2-4 dogs at any one time. I have never had a problem because I keep the house clean and I pay for any damage. However, I also usually pay a lot more for what is basically a hovel. The place I am in now is OK - but it has 1 bathroom that doesn't work, the doors are shoddy and there are no luxuries like central heating/cooling.

    Most places will say "pets on application" - you just ask the agent and they're normally forthright as to whether the landlord will consider a dog.

    I wrote a letter to the house owner of a place I really wanted - told him all about my dogs etc, didn't get the place. Not done it otherwise.

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    Just read about this site Pet Friendly Rentals - Helping Australian pet owners find rental properties in the your pet mag. Maybe worth interest to some?

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