Keeping a pet in a body corporate property
Bringing your furry friend home for the first time is a joyous experience, but regardless of what type of animal it is, be it a cat, dog, or guinea pig, if you live in, or plan to purchase a body corporate property, you must first obtain body corporate permission prior to keeping a pet.
PICA Group addresses 5 common questions when it comes to keeping a pet in a body corporate property:
Can the body corporate stop you having pets?
The standard by-law in the Body Corporate and Community Management (BCCM) Act provides that written approval must first be obtained before bringing, or permitting an invitee, to bring an animal onto the lot or common property.
However not all bodies corporate use the standard by-laws and may have opted to modify their pet by-law, so, the first step to obtaining permission, is to check your building’s by-laws on your building’s pet rules.
If you are renting and don’t have a copy of your building’s by-laws, call your property manager to get a copy. You will also need the approval of your landlord before proceeding. Your pet application should be submitted to the body corporate by the owner of the lot.
Who decides if I can keep a pet in a body corporate?
If the by-laws allow pets subject to approval, then the committee is responsible for making the decision and ensuring the by-laws are abided by. If pet approvals are a restricted issue, the matter may need the vote of all owners.
When applying for the approval, you need to include as much detail about your pet as possible such as the breed, age, photos, details of the veterinary history and training, as well their size and weight, registration, microchipping, and de-sexing details.