WA Undeclared pets and options

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  1. hematite

    hematite Well-Known Member

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    One of my rentals (my PPOR) looks to have had a pet in it since the new tenants moved in, without any approval or pet bond.

    The tenants are OK at paying on time, but house is quite a mess (lawn is all dead) and they damaged some of the neighbours garden (they're ******) so they are not in a great state at the moment for me to think this will be fixed easily. These can be fixed, but people getting rid of their dog isn't likely.

    With the WA RTA, what are my options with the un approved Pet. I am concerned for the potential additional wear and tear and the fact they lied on the application.

    Is this grounds for termination in WA? It's my PPOR and I have allergies so am concerned that it will need a proper clean once they leave (dog seems to be inside dog).

    Property is managed by PM.
     
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    You could issue a breach notice for breach of agreement by having a pet (I'm assuming it is a breach of agreement? Have you checked your lease?)

    If you wanted to apply for termination at the court after that, you would need to argue why the breach justifies termination.

    "Additional wear and tear" doesn't sound like any legal grounds to me though.
     
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    Thanks - yes, the lease states no pets without approval.
     
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    So are you (or your PM) going to do anything about it?

    I find a lot of landlords don't.
     
  5. Michael Mitchell

    Michael Mitchell Property Manager Business Member

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    What does your PM say?
     
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    Will discuss with the PM tomorrow as it's the long weekend. Technically, if I were to allow it, my understanding is that the lease should be changed and they should pay a pet bond. However, it's my PPOR and I would prefer no pets in it. (btw I have only just found out).

    Will find out tomorrow as I have only just discovered this and it's long weekend in WA.
     
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    I'm curious what you're going to talk to your PM about exactly. They act on your instructions after all. Are you wanting to go through the cost, risk and hassle of seeking termination? Or just let them have the pet and maybe get a pet bond instead?
     
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    There's your answer, breach them. If you're worried about the property being vacant talk to your PM and see what it's like out there.
     
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    Talk to your PM about leglislated attitude to pets in your state.

    Many states are altering tenancy laws to make it harder for landlords to refuse pets.

    It may be difficult to evict a tenant simply because they have a dog.
     
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    Lying about pets is a big no no in my eyes unless its fish or a lizard

    Cats and dogs do cause damage and more wear and tear,
    So the fact they lied about is not good, and assuming i had options i would change them or not renew their lease
     
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    Out of curiosity did your PM pick up on the undeclared pet/s or did you?