Having a pet

Published: 9 March 2018


Housing New Zealand recognises the role pets, particularly dogs, can play in improving the quality of life for our tenants.

From 19 February 2018 Housing New Zealand tenants no longer need to prove a dog is a disability assist dog or that they need the dog for other health related reasons.

However, as part of being a responsible dog owner we will ask you to sign an agreement showing that:

  • the dog is registered
  • the dog is kept within the property
  • you take responsibility for the dog and ensure it doesn't disturb neighbours
  • you will comply with all the legal obligations of a dog owner
  • you will make sure the dog is tied up when we or our contractors visit
  • you will have the dog removed if it becomes a nuisance or is dangerous
  • you agree to remedy or pay for any damage to the home or grounds caused by the animal.

Housing New Zealand will also need to assess if your property is suitable to house a dog. For example there is adequate fencing, there are no Body Corporate, lease rules, subdivision consents or local council by-laws that restrict dogs.

If you are unsure about any of the above we strongly encourage you to speak to your Tenancy Manager.

Other pets

If you live in a Housing New Zealand home or flat you can keep other pets so long as you have checked with us and we've said yes.

If a pet that has been approved is a persistent nuisance or hazard we may cancel our agreement. In extreme cases, we can have pets removed from a tenant's property at their expense.

How to apply to have a pet

If you would like to apply to have a pet/dog, please contact your tenancy manager who will assist you with the application.

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