No Pets Allowed, sort of!

Posted: December 11, 2012 in General Information
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You’ve probably heard of situation where people rented an apartment that supposedly had a “no pet” clause but when they moved in they found out that many tenants had pets in their units and some of them even more than one.

Unfortunately the laws in Ontario can’t prevent a tenant from bringing a pet into a property unless it is a condominium and that the building declaration specifically says: “no pets”. So even if a tenant and landlord sign a lease that has a no pet clause, the tenant can basically bring in 3 dogs, 2 cats and a fish on the day that he moves in and there’s nothing the landlord can do about it.

The annoying part to this lack of judicial resource is the fact that other tenants who expect a pet free environment and then move in to find that pets are living in their building have to put up with it.

The landlord can refuse to approve tenants if he knows that they have pets but if the tenants lie about it then there’s really nothing they can do. To protect themselves some landlords ask for an extra deposit for any damages that the pet could cause but that is actually illegal and the landlord cannot demand additional rent to covert pet damages. Small claims court would be the Landlord’s resource to recoup the cost of the damages that may be caused by a pet. If on the other hand, the pet is a nuisance like a barking dog then the landlord would have causes for eviction as this would disturb other tenants.

Leaving the unit free of damages at the end of your tenancy will help avoid any extra cost for repairs. References from a previous landlord that you kept the place up to par even with a pet could be all that is required for the new landlord to feel that you would take the same care of their place too.

Honestly between the landlord and tenants is always the best advice for a friendly and positive relationship.

If you just don’t want to go through the headache as far as owning your pet and renting why not consider home ownership. Your pet will love the back yard and so will you. Call me today to get started on your home search.

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