RTA review fact sheet - Keeping pets in rental premises


Consultation status: CLOSED

Submissions closed at 5pm on 30 June 2020. 

Does the law about keeping pets in rental premises need to be changed?

Possible options

  • Allow a landlord to refuse only where there are reasonable grounds to do so.
  • Allow a landlord to refuse only where the landlord has an exemption from the court or the Commissioner.
  • Clarify that tenants must make sure their pets do not cause a nuisance and must repair any damage to the premises caused by the pet.

Tell us what you think...

  • Except under limited circumstances, should all tenants be allowed to keep pets?
  • If tenants are allowed to keep pets under limited circumstances, what types of conditions should be considered?
  • What might be reasonable grounds for a landlord to refuse a tenant’s request to keep a pet?
  • If tenants are allowed to keep pets, what changes should be made to the Residential Tenancies Act to reduce the risks for landlords?


Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
Last updated 01 Jul 2020

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