2021 Victorian Rental Reforms - FAQ Guide - Page 11

PETS

PETS

Question Answer
Can we ban a renter with a pet ?
A rental provider can not ask a renter if they have a pet when leasing the property . A rental provider may be able to ban a pet by applying to VCAT , but a rental provider cannot refuse consent for a renter to keep a pet . Your Ray White property manager will be able to provide further information on the VCAT process .
Can we take an extra bond for pets ?
No - additional bonds for pets are not permitted .
What happens when the pets have damaged the property , i . e ., floorboards due to their nails , i . e ., decking ? Who is responsible for the damage ?
The renter is responsible for damages caused during the tenancy , with the exception of fair wear and tear .
​What happens if a renter ’ s pet digs up holes in the garden ? Can you get them to use their bond for rectification works ?
The renter is responsible for repairing any damages prior to vacating the property , allowing for fair wear and tear . If the renter does not repair these damages , compensation may be payable to the rental provider .
What is an acceptable definition of a ‘ pet ’?
Local councils guide what pets and how many are permitted to reside in their local areas .
Can we issue a notice to vacate if a tenant breaches the pet agreement ?
Only specific notice to vacates can be issued in relation to pets . Under the new legislation , a rental provider may only give notice to vacate when a pet is kept without consent . That means the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal has made an order under section 71E excluding a pet from the rented premises and the renter still has a pet .