We are currently living in an apartment owned by the 'Meriton' corporation. They have created what I believe to be a completely fictional license called a pet license to keep a pet on the premises. They're terms are that you must pay 4 weeks rent to cover the license. Rent is currently $670p/wk so $670x4=$2,680. This is an upfront payment that is not returned at the end of lease. How is this legal? Would my bond not cover any damage caused. It must be mentioned that they do have a 'By-Law 16- Keeping of animals: "The tenant must not, without the approval in writing of the landlord, keep any animal in the flat or the common area". The dog(a little pomeranian, toilet trained and doesn't make a sound) belongs to my gf who stays with me 4-5 days a week. Your assistance in the matter would be greatly appreciated.
Province: Waterloo, NSW(Sydney)
I just spoke to Building management and explained it was my gf's dog and that her name is XXX XX the lease and the dog is not mine and she explained this payment which must be made which i find unlawful. I told her i would happily put down a $10,000 deposit towards my bond to cover any possible damages as i know i would get it all back but a $2,650 payment for a dog that my girlfriend has owned for years is ridiculous. The 2 previous building managers allowed it...
In the original Residential Tenancy Agreement there is By law 16. 'Keeping of animals. 1. Subject to section 49(4), an owner or occupier of a lot must not, without the approval in writing of the owners' corporation, keep any animal on the lot or the common property. 2. The owners' corporation must not unreasonably withold it's approval of the keeping of an animal on a lot or the common property.'There is zero mention of a licensing fee if/when a dog is purchased. What I find incredibly odd is that they base the fee on weekly rent which is different depending on what level of the building you live in instead of a set fee.
My point exactly and you've knocked it on the head with that question. I too asked at reception if this payment was lawful and then the buck was passed to her superiors. I informed her that I would send her an email this afternoon with my concerns. I first needed some advice. How should I proceed in my dealings? I certainly don't want to be evicted because of my girlfriends dog and she's voiced how she doesn't particularly want to keep it at her mothers. I have a feeling they may send me an eviction notice if i don't get rid of the dog and they're grounds will be that a broke the residential tenancy agreement by allowing the dog on premises.
BEc Dip Ed, Dip Law (SAB) MTax (UNSW)
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