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Our rental was no pets and we only signed a 6mth contract - the cat was coming over for xmas (with my mum) so when the agents asked us if we wanted to extend we said we had to be allowed the cat - we wrote a letter to the owners saying how well behaved and that the cat was a member of our family - got the call no probs to the cat...
then i got a bit greedy and asked for a dog as i missed mine so much (my old girl was let go to sleep before we left uk) so wrote again to the owners - via the agents - said how responsible an owner i was etc and they let us have a medium sized outside dog...
my beastie is HUGE and sprawls out across the sofa
try writing a letter of request - make sure the agent passes it on - put details in of how you had requested pet friendly accomodation before you signed and how good your dog is/valuable to your family and as long as theres no damage and you offer to make good any problems/damage you might get lucky xxx
ok its not ethical, what they going to do deport me ?
Originally Posted by lorluc
We have our regular 3monthly inspections and always get Excellent feedback regarding them, isn't something i'm going to loose sleep over
3 rentals - all of them okayed pets, the last one stipulating them to be outside. As suggested, they were outside at inspection time, but not necessarily the rest of the time. No damage, allways clean - no problem.
Perhaps as we are responsible owners of family pets, this was not a problem... I agree that it was in contradiction to the contract, but that we were resprectful to the condition of the property at all times. We effectively carpetted the inside of the house with rugs to protect floors! As with the previous property, I think we can safely say that we left it in a better condition than when we took ownership... If you are similar responsible pet owners, I would suggest that a similar tack would work for you too and not be to the detriment of the landlord.
Given the number (and size/temperment) of dogs that are left in yards day and night, I can fully understand why landlords would not want them being left to behave in similar fashion inside their investments. It is by these owners that we are all judged unfortunately.
I guess you would not look for the "top of the range" rentals (and I'm going to lump in the furnished / short-term rentals in with these too, as these are usually decorated to a higher standard than the long term rentals), unless pets are advised as acceptable. Horses for courses and all that ;)
On the flip side, after seeing the state of some of the places offered for rent, it's difficult to envisage how the addition of pet inside could really make it worse!
Sorry rant over...
Back on thread, maybe you could invite the agent to a buck-shee inspection to show how you are caring for their property and the suggestion of photos of the pet in the family home from the UK is also a good one.
Can you tell me if the house is furnished or not and also how much you are paying a week? We have a 4 bed house in Moana that we are thinking of renting out and do not have a problem with pets (have a choccie lab & an aussie terrier! Pm me if you like?