Family of four moving into house carrying boxes

Pets are welcome

Having a pet is part of what makes a house a home for some tenants, and has known positive health and wellbeing impacts.

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.

These reforms will make it easier for Victorian tenants and landlords to understand their respective rights and obligations when it comes to allowing, and keeping, pets in rented premises.


Pets in rental property

Tenants will have the right to keep pets, provided they obtain the landlord’s written consent first which can only be refused by order of VCAT. The onus will be on the landlord to get approval from VCAT to refuse consent to a pet, once they have received the request from the renter.

In the case of an assistance dog, consent cannot be refused at all.

Guidance will be issued to help landlords and tenants understand the types of situations where it may be reasonable to refuse consent.

An outgoing tenant may 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 and to leave it in a reasonably clean condition.

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More information

While the reforms to the Residential Tenancies Act were passed by the Victorian Parliament in September 2018, they have not yet come into force. The reforms will come into effect progressively, and all will have commenced by 1 July 2020.