Landlords: Is It Time To Go Pet-Friendly?


A visually-impaired sheep is one of the latest casualties of the soaring housing market.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Poor old Coco the elderly arapawa ewe had to be surrendered to a sanctuary after her owners’ rental home was put on the market and they were unable to find another suitable for her.

Coco is just one of the sheep, goats, hens, ducks and dogs in the same predicament, with renters struggling to find homes for themselves and their pets.

With landlords selling up to take advantage of the hot market and only a small pool of landlords willing to take in pets, it’s little wonder it’s a growing problem for renters.

But research from Barfoot & Thompson has found that it can pay for landlords to go pet-friendly.


I’m not suggesting letting Coco the sheep crash at your inner-city pad. Obviously the council wouldn’t be too keen on that idea either.

But the data reveals landlords who make their rental properties pet-friendly are able to widen their pool of potential tenants, keep their properties rented for longer and even maximise their profits.

Typically, pet-friendly landlords are able to charge more on a weekly basis, due to high demand and competition, according to this research.

And tenants with pets have been found to stay on average a further 7 months than their non-pet counterparts.

But what about protecting your investment?

Here’s some advice for landlords looking to make their rental pet-friendly:

  • Add a pet clause to the Tenancy Agreement.
  • Think about the size of your property and what it can manage – does it have fencing? – is the outdoor area appropriate for larger pets?
  • Check references and ask for a pet resume – if a tenant has been allowed pets at a previous rental, your property manager will be able to ask their referee about how the tenancy went and flag any problems or allay any concerns.

Pet Resumes

Renters, a pet resume is a great way to emphasise that you are a responsible pet-owner.


                                                                                                                               Cathy Klein, PetResumes.Net.

For dogs, you can mention:

  • obedience training
  • the number of times your dog is walked a day
  • whether they go to “doggy daycare”
  • the dog’s temperament, size, age.

It’s a great way to let a prospective landlord put a face to your pet’s name.

Landlords and property managers – what do you think about pet-friendly rentals? Renters – have you had any trouble finding a rental that will accept your pets?

Let us know in the comments below or on our NZ and AU Facebook page.

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