Pet rights for tenants and landlords

As of the 2nd of March, 2020 renters in Victoria can keep a pet in their rental.  However, they will require written approval from the landlord or rental provider

The new laws are designed so that tenants understand their rights and obligations in relation to keeping their pet.

To submit a request to keep a pet the renter will have to complete the consent form (Word, 583KB).

If the property manager or rental provider feels there is reason to reject the pet request, they will have to seek an order from VCAT to refuse the pet.

VCAT can take various things into account when determining whether it is appropriate for a pet to be kept in a rental property. These include situations where:

  • the property is not suitable for the type of pet the renter wishes to house
  • local council rules prohibit the keeping of certain animals
  • the suitability of the pet, such as whether the pet may pose a threat to neighbours or other residents.

The new laws on pets are one of more than 130 rental reforms that will be introduced by 1 July this year.

For more information on the rental reforms package, visit the Fairer Safer Housing page on the Engage Victoria website.