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More renters are able to keep pets

From 2 March 2020, renters (tenants) will be able to apply to their rental provider (landlord) if they want to keep a pet.

From 2 March 2020, renters (tenants) will be able to apply to their rental provider (landlord) if they want to keep a pet. They must fill out one form for every pet they want to keep. The rental provider will have to apply to VCAT within 14 days if they do not agree to this.

If the renter does not hear from the rental provider within 14 days of making the application, they can assume they have permission and may keep a pet.

The renter can be evicted if they keep a pet without getting permission. They will also have to pay for any damage the pet causes to the property if the damage is more than the usual wear and tear associated with living in the rental property.

This change does not apply to people living in rooming houses, caravan parks or site parks.

See Residential tenancy—Pets.

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