CHC supports responsible pet ownership and has introduced Pet Guidelines to allow suitable pets to reside at CHC properties.
Tenants must complete a Pet Application form for all pets that intend to reside at the property including dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, large fish tanks, etc. This is with the exception of a fish tank less than 30 litres, where the tenant is not required to obtain permission from CHC.
Where applicable, tenants are encouraged to read the ACT codes of practice regarding responsible pet ownership before submitting their application form.
- Tenants must complete a Pet Application form for a pet to reside at the property
- Within 14 days of receiving the application you will either receive written consent or a response that the request will need to be decided at an ACAT hearing.
- Permission for a pet is subject to property suitability
- Where applicable, permission may be subject to body corporate approval
- Where applicable, the tenant must provide CHC with evidence of current ACT registration or license
- Where permission for the pet has been granted, the tenant agrees to sign a ‘pet clause’
- Where applicable, pets must be restrained during CHC inspections and tradespersons attendance
- The pet must be kept in an allocated area; generally, this is outside for dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs, unless otherwise agreed in writing. Birds and fish may be kept inside.
- Tenants are responsible for keeping the pet area clean and free from pet odours, insect infestations, litter and pet urine and faeces
- Tenants are required to maintain a peaceful and safe neighbourhood
- CHC will not be responsible for costs associated with modifications required for a pet to reside at the property, such as additional fencing, pet shelter, etc.
- Should damage occur to the property or landscape, the tenants are responsible to remedy this in accordance with the Residential Tenancies Act
- Should the tenant care for a pet for a period of less than three (3) weeks, the tenant is not required to complete a Pet Application form
Non-approval for a pet
- If the Pet Application is denied the pet must not reside at the property
- Should a tenant allow a pet to reside at the property for a period exceeding three (3) weeks without permission, a Notice to Remedy may be issued.