7 Top tips for renting with pets

Many people in Hong Kong rent and many of us are pet owners. But the two aren’t always compatible.

If you’re one of those renting pet owners, here are some tips to help you find a friendly property and negotiate with your landlord about any additional furry tenants.


You might also like

>> The Most Dog-Friendly Neighborhoods in Hong Kong

>> A Guide to Viewing Second-Hand Property


1. Ask
Many people don’t take this obvious step, particularly if a property isn’t listed as pets allowed. Insights from our 2014 Tenants and Sharers report revealed that those tenants who ask, and are prepared to make an extra effort, are more likely to get a favourable outcome. So don’t be discouraged – and ask the question.

2. Offer more rent
Tenants offering more rent to cover furry flatmates found that landlords were more amenable to a compromise. So if a few extra dollars is possible for you and means you can have that all important extra roomie, make that clear to your landlord and sweeten the deal.

3. Provide information on your pet
It’s not unreasonable for a landlord to seek assurances that every inhabitant of their property will treat it with due care. While we can’t have pets sign on the dotted line, we can give enough details and context about our pets that the landlord can feel confident about renting to you.

Information can include the pet’s age, temperament, the fact that they’re up to date with vaccinations, that they’re microchipped, desexed, and so on.


>> Want to learn more about taking care of your dog child? Check out articles by our vet blogger Dr. Keith Yiu.

4. Pets-eye view
Think of your furry friend. Would you want to live in a neighborhood with nowhere for a walk if you were a dog? Your property search should be for you and your pet, increasing the likelihood that you’ll find the perfect pad to accommodate you both.

5. Choose carefully
If you’re already in a rental property and thinking about getting a pet, be aware of the space around you. Perhaps a goldfish is a better idea than a golden retriever.

6. Get agreements in writing
If you agree to pay a little more to have your pet, get the agreed terms in writing with your landlord. If there’s any confusion or disputes down the track, everyone can defer to those documents. You can draw up an attachment that outlines all terms and your responsibilities.

7. Commit to clean
You can offer to remove all trace of your pet’s presence when you leave. While you’re already obligated to clean a property when you depart, it could help you get your pet over the threshold if you provide commitments to deep cleaning carpets, flea treatments and deodorising.

Finally, remember that it’s not always the landlord’s decision. The Deed of Mutual Covenant may prohibit or restrict animals in a property, even if the landlord doesn’t mind.

Author: Venessa Paech