From 2 March 2020, Victorian renters will be able to keep a pet in their rental property provided they have obtained written consent from their rental provider.
The new laws will make it easier for both renters and rental providers to understand their rights and obligations when it comes to allowing and keeping pets in a rental property.
A renter requesting approval for a pet will need to complete the consent form (Word, 583KB).
If a rental provider believes that it is reasonable to refuse consent to a pet living in the property, they will have to seek an order from VCAT to refuse the pet.
VCAT can take various things into account when determining whether it is appropriate for a pet to be kept in a rental property. These include situations where:
- the property is not suitable for the type of pet the renter wishes to keep
- local council rules prohibit the keeping of certain animals
- the suitability of the pet, such as whether the pet may pose a threat to neighbours or other residents.
The new laws on pets are one of more than 130 rental reforms that will be introduced by 1 July this year.
For more information on the rental reforms package, visit the Fairer Safer Housing page on the Engage Victoria website.
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