Some tenancy agreements have an additional term that says you must have the landlord’s consent before you can keep a pet.
In strata schemes, some by-laws state that you also need to have written consent of the owners corporation. In some circumstances, an adjudicator and/or the Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal can make an order that the owners corporation has unreasonably withheld its approval to keep a pet.
Even if you have the consent of the landlord and the owners corporation, any other occupier can apply for an order to remove a pet on the grounds that it is causing a nuisance. By-laws cannot prevent you having a guide dog or hearing dog.
Further Information and contacts
- NSW Land & Property Management Authority: phone 1300 052 637, www.lands.nsw.gov.au
- NSW Fair Trading website: www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au (under ‘Tenants & home owners’ > ‘Strata schemes’)
- Mediation Services Unit (NSW Fair Trading): phone 9338 7900 or free call 1800 451 431
- Community Justice Centres: free call 1800 990 777 or TTY 1800 671 964
- Community Legal Centres: phone 9212 7333, www.clcnsw.org.au
Information supplied courtesy of the Tenants Union of NSW
Further information and advice for NSW tenants can be sourced from www.tenants.org.au