If you`re a pet owner in Queensland, you may be wondering how your furry friend fits into your tenancy agreement. In Queensland, landlords are allowed to include a pets clause in their tenancy agreements, but there are some important guidelines to follow.
1. What is a pets clause?
A pets clause is a section in a tenancy agreement that outlines the landlord`s rules and expectations when it comes to pets living on the property.
2. Check with your landlord or property manager
Before you bring any pets into your rental property, make sure you check with your landlord or property manager about their pet policy. Some landlords may not allow pets at all, while others may have specific requirements or restrictions.
3. The legislation
The Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 (the Act) outlines the legal requirements for tenancy agreements in Queensland. Under the Act, landlords are allowed to include a pets clause in their tenancy agreement, but it must be reasonable and comply with the Act.
4. The “reasonable” requirement
The Act requires that any pets clause be “reasonable.” This means that it must not be harsh, oppressive, or unconscionable. A reasonable pets clause might include restrictions on the number or size of pets, requirements for vaccinations or flea treatments, or rules around cleaning and maintenance.
5. Pet bonds
Some landlords may require a pet bond, which is an additional security deposit specifically for pets. This is legal under the Act, but it must be a reasonable amount and cannot exceed four weeks` rent.
6. Assistance animals
Under the Act, landlords must allow tenants with assistance animals (such as guide dogs) to keep their animals on the property, even if there is a pets clause in the tenancy agreement.
7. Breaching the pets clause
If you breach the pets clause in your tenancy agreement, your landlord may be able to issue you with a notice to remedy breach. If you fail to rectify the breach, your landlord may be able to terminate your tenancy agreement.
8. Seek legal advice
If you`re unsure about your rights and obligations as a tenant with a pet, seek legal advice. There are several organisations in Queensland that can provide free or low-cost legal advice to tenants.
9. Follow the rules
The most important thing when it comes to pets in tenancy agreements is to follow the rules. Make sure you understand the pets clause in your tenancy agreement and comply with all the requirements and restrictions.
If you`re a pet owner in Queensland, it`s important to understand your rights and obligations when it comes to tenancy agreements. By following the rules and communicating with your landlord or property manager, you can ensure a happy and harmonious living situation for both you and your furry friend.