Family of four moving into house carrying boxes

Pets are welcome

Many people would like to keep pets, as they are part of what makes a house a home for some tenants.

If we couldn't find a place to take the dog that would allow us to keep the dog with us, I'm not really sure what we’d do to be honest.

Owning pets has a positive health and wellbeing impact. These reforms make it easier for renters to own pets and for landlords to support renters with pets.

  • create a clear law for all Victorian tenants and landlords
  • making it easier to understand their respective rights and obligations when it comes to allowing, and keeping, pets in rented premises


Pets in rental property

Tenants will be given the right to keep pets provided they obtain the landlord’s written consent first. Landlords will not be able to unreasonably refuse the request.

An outgoing tenant will be required to undertake cleaning and fumigation if there is pet-related damage to the property that goes beyond fair wear and tear. This is consistent with their existing duty not to damage the property.

Landlords cannot refuse consent for assistance dogs.

Making Rent Fair - Ryan

Read Ryan's transcript.

The reforms require amendments to Residential Tenancies Act 1997. The process to amend the RTA is underway.