Pets really are the best thing in life. We're not even sure we deserve them, they're the heroes we've all needed!
However, finding pet-friendly apartments can be tough enough if you’re buying a place, but renting with pets is often an even more challenging proposition.
Pet-friendly rentals do exist however, and there’s often no hard-and-fast rule saying you can’t rent with pets. It’s often down to how good your communication is, and how lenient your new landlord might be.
So can you rent with your pet? Let’s get down to the nitty gritty of this paw-some argument.
Can I Rent With A Pet?
The short answer is, yes! The long answer is, that it’s not guaranteed. Boo.
If you’re in a landed property, chances are that there are not many restrictions on renting out with pets. It’s mostly down to the conversation and agreement you have with your landlord (more on that later).
There’s plenty of room for a pet, and often outdoor space for them to enjoy too. That’s a much easier proposition, particularly for animals that enjoy having a run, such as dogs and rabbits.
That means apartments with pets are a viable choice. It is technically illegal for a management committee to outright ban pets.
But there are still some restrictions! First of all, local rules do apply in different authorities. That means rules on pet ownership vary by local authority.
In Subang Jaya you can’t have dogs anywhere in a high-rise, and in Kuala Lumpur you’re limited to just nine types of dogs for example. You should check with the local authority to make certain of what you’re allowed.
There is also a rule that states that pets must not cause a nuisance or pose a health risk to others within a building. That’s also something to look out for.
Even if you’re technically allowed, there’s still the worrying question of whether the landlord will let you! That’s where honest communication and good ownership comes in.
Renting With Pets As The Renter
Once you’ve checked the legal requirements within your local authority, the next step is to have an honest conversation with the landlord.
Obviously, this can be a different situation when you’re considering moving into a new place, versus finding a pet to join you in your existing home.
If you’re looking to move into a property with you and a trusted pet-friend, be open and upfront at the start with a landlord about your pet. Owning a pet is all about trust after all!
It’s far better to find the right property to live in harmoniously, rather than dodging around trying to hide your cat, dog, rabbit, and parakeet.
There are many reasons a landlord might not want to rent out to a pet owner. Not only could they be worried about wear and tear, they might have previous experience or knowledge of how unsuitable the particular unit is for an animal.
If you’re already a resident in a condo/apartment and want to get a pet, speak to your landlord first. It’s far better to align on your understanding with them with honest communication, than to get a pet and suddenly cause conflict.
It could even be that your neighbours have some kind of allergy, or other personal reasons to be wary of pets.
It’s better to find out now, than when your neighbour knocks on your door at 5am with a big puffy red face, like something out of a nightmare!
Most landlords will want to keep a good tenant, and if you’ve got a good relationship, they should trust you to also make sure your pet doesn’t cause problems.
Letting Out To Renters With Pets As A Landlord
As a landlord, there’s often a hesitation about letting renters keep pets. That’s understandable, but there are many reasons to give this some thought.
Firstly, if you’re renting out property and don’t want to include pets, you might be cutting out a key part of the market.
Lots of younger people and families love to have pets, and so being friendly, open, and welcoming could mean you’re opening up your rental property to more potential tenants.
Secondly, people with pets are quite likely to be responsible people. Looking after a pet takes patience, and a responsible attitude. We're sure we all want responsible tenants?
There’s really no significant additional risk to wear and tear from a pet owner, than there is from another individual whom you might not know.
But of course, this should all be covered in a comprehensive tenancy agreement, with any costs of repairs covered if something does go wrong.
If you’ve got an existing tenant who wants to bring in a pet, consider your current relationship and the reliability of their income.
It’s perhaps better to discuss the potential for a pet, than possibly refuse and see a good tenant moving out. Remember that it isn’t just ‘all or nothing’.
You can have a discussion about a tenant having a small dog that they promise to look after and ensure it causes no issue with the neighbours, or even a house cat that rarely ever leaves the property.
Finding the right balance between what your tenant wants and what you’re comfortable with, is the key to both parties' happiness.
Of course, it’s also worth reflecting on how this might impact your own relationship with neighbours in the particular high-rise block or row of houses.
Communication is key, both with your tenant or prospective tenant, and with the neighbours who live in the nearby vicinity.
Five Pet-Friendly Places To Explore
If you’ve got a pet and you’re looking for some awesome places to explore, we’ve got a pet-friendly list of five top areas for you and your fur-babies to enjoy!
1) Central Park, Desa ParkCity, Kuala Lumpur
Park City? More like Bark City! Yes, we did just do that.
The Central Park in Desa ParkCity, Kuala Lumpur is a great place to take your furry friends. It’s a pet-friendly park with a beautiful central lake, and long easy walks around its shores to explore.
What’s even better is that you can relax at the great pet-friendly cafes surrounding the park, once you and your pet are tired out.
2) Groovy Woof, Kluang, Johor
How could we not mention a place called Groovy Woof? This pet park on the outskirts of Kluang, Johor is a genuine adventure park for your doggo friends and family.
It’s an actual amusement park for dogs! Dogs can enjoy diving from slides in the adventure water park, or springing through the grass chasing balls and enjoying the obstacle course.
That’s maybe the most dog-friendly place we’ve ever heard of, so make sure it's on your bookmarked pages.
3) Central Park, Bandar Utama, Selangor
This beautiful 10-acre park in Bandar Utama, Selangor is one of the few definitively pet-friendly parks in Klang Valley, offering up acres of space for you and your pet-family to explore.
Whether you’re walking a dog, or taking out the cat (some people like to walk cats!), you’ll find lots of pet-loving friends doing the same. Who knows, you could make a new furry friend or two.
4) Casa Permai Central Park, Tanjung Bungah, Penang
Pet-lovers in Penang can dip their paws in the joys of Casa Permai Central Park, in the Tanjung Bungah suburb of George Town.
This park has plenty of open spaces to throw a toy (and hope a furry friend brings it back). Since it’s so popular with pet lovers, you’re bound to find other like-minded people to enjoy the space with.
There are plenty of shops around the perimetre of the park to get some much-welcomed refreshments for you and your fur-friend too!
5) Dog Park, Bandar Seri Botani, Ipoh
Enjoy the space of a dedicated dog park in Bandar Seri Botani, Ipoh, with the very appropriately-named ‘Dog Park’, at Eco Park 1.
Bandar Seri Botani is a new township on the southside of Ipoh, and clearly keen to impress the pet-loving crowd in the local area.
It’s reportedly open every day of the week except Tuesdays, from 7am to 7pm. With all those dogs looking for somewhere to relax, it’s the perfect place for dog lovers in the Ipoh area.