Why Get-My-Pet ?
Body Corporate Advocates
Get-My-Pet was born out of my own issues in dealing with a stubborn Body Corporate committee.
I'm an animal lover like you. I think that just because someone lives in a unit doesn't mean they shouldn't have a pet.
I'm also for animals. Small and sensibly sized animals. If you want a German Shepherd and you live in a one bedroom CBD apartment then I'm not for you. Sorry.
I've been Body Corporate committee member and I've heard the committee excuses:
It'll set a precedent.
It'll start a flood of applications.
I don't want a cat living next door to me (yes that one is real - actually said by a committee member)
A previous owner had a pet and .....
There'll be noise.
The committee will be liable for any damage or injury.
It's not safe in the environment.
Keeping a cat indoors is cruel.
This is a "No Pet" complex.
The owners took a vote and the majority of people don't want pets.
Or - insert your own excuse here!
The outcome I always look for is an amicable resolution between Body Corporate and pet owner.
While I don't offer direct support anymore, I have kept all the knowledge gained and formatted an easy to use template anyone can base their own application on.
This will address key issues you should cover off in your application.
Ultimately dealing with a Body Corporate over a pet application involves By-Laws and potentially Magistrates Court action and outcomes; as described in Pet Approvals - Is It Better to Seek Forgiveness Than Ask Permission? August 2020). This advice and template is informational only and ultimately you should get legal advice if you need. My aim in providing this information is to avoid that situation.
Who Are You?
Click on the link below that describes your living situation to find out more about how this information can help you get your own fur child in your unit, apartment or flat; even if your body corporate says you can't.
What do you need to consider first?
If you own your unit, flat or apartment in a Body Corporate, you might have considered getting a pet before but your blood ran cold at the thought of the Body Corporate process.
You may have seen or know someone else who tried to fight the Body Corporate and had no success.
There is no reason you should not have a pet (a small sensible size pet) and hopefully I can help.
For Approved Renters
If you're currently renting a unit, flat or apartment in a Body Corporate, and you know you have your landlord's written approval in the rental/lease agreement; you might want to get a pet but don't know how or don't know how to navigate the Body Corporate system.
There is no reason you should not have a pet (a small sensible size pet) hopefully I can help.
If you do want to pursue an application, just bear in mind if you ever have to move you will need to get both your new landlord and new Body Corporate approval to have the pet at the new property. Pets can live up to 20 years so it's a big commitment to make while you're renting.
For Renters who do not have Approval
Unfortunately the first thing you need as a rental tenant to get a pet is written approval from your landlord/real estate agent in your rent/lease agreement.
Even though you could make application to get a pet, if you succeeded that would be putting you in breach of your lease.
What you'll need
To complete your application you'll need the necessary information including the:
Registered name of your Body Corporate,
Community titles scheme number, and,
Regulation module that applies to your Body Corporate.
If you do not have this information, first check on your body corporate levies notice. If you can't find it there, contact the Titles Registry on 1300 255 750 before you start the process.
You will also need the name and contact details of your Body Corporate secretary and the Body Corporate manager (if you have one).
If there are any prescribed application forms the Body Corporate uses to consider matters at committee meetings you'll need those too.
Finally, you'll need the wording of the relevant pet by-law (if there is one).
Information on the different regulation modules can be found here.
Consider a Donation
The information provided below is provided free of charge to assist you in making your application.
I used to offer this as a commercial service but have moved on in life.
Rather than simply "disappearing" I figured I'd give back by making the information I used to use available to everyone - so yes if you want to share it with someone you know - please do.
If when you've used it, you find it useful and want to give back to protecting kids by making a financial donation it will be used to support my and my wife's business CarersEd.
I can't give you a tax deduction because I'm not a charity sorry.
No pressure, no expectation, no obligation to contribute.