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No Pets Allowed!

April 1, 2015 - Updated: April 1, 2015


FOR RENT: Newly renovated, 1 bedroom, 2 bath, southern exposure w/ balcony, 1st & last, no smoking, and NO PETS!

I’m sure we have all seen ‘for rent’ ads saying NO PETS ALLOWED.  Can this really be enforced?  Little is black and white in real estate related matters, and this is no exception.  The answer is sometimes yes, and sometimes no. 

If you have a pet, or plan to have one, you must be very careful how you proceed when looking for a place to rent or buy. 

Pet Rules for Basement Apartments / Room in a house:                                                                                                  In a case where a potential tenant wishes to rent an apartment in a landlord’s house, the landlord can NOT prevent the tenant from bringing a pet to the property.  Even if there is a signed lease with a NO PET policy, the tenant can have a pet.  Exceptions here would involve if the pet is dangerous, causes allergic reactions, or causes problems for other tenants or the landlord, then the pet must go.

Pet Rules for Condos:                                                                                                                                                        A condo can have different rules than a traditional house because with a condo, you have a condo board and condo rules.  These rules can be found in the declaration (the declaration is like the constitution of the condo and is usually a very comprehensive document).  If the declaration says no pets are allowed in the building, then no pets are allowed in the building (authority courtesy of the Ontario Condominium Act).

So while an individual renting out his house, or an apartment in his house, cannot enforce a no pet policy, another landlord renting out her CONDO, can enforce a no pet policy (as long as the condo board has a no pet policy within the declaration). 

Some condos have no pet policies in the declaration while others do not.  If you live in a condo and want to have a pet, you need to check the declaration.  If you are someone who is considering the purchase of a condo, you need to get the declaration and read it (not only to find out about the pet rules, but all the other rules of that particular condo). 

You want to be very clear on what the rules are for pets, and they can vary greatly.  Most condo buildings, if they do allow pets, will have limitations on pet ownership (for example, 1 dog weighing not more than 20kg, or, 1 cat, or, 2 birds).   

The condo board holds a lot of power and you will want to obey the rules of the condo.  People living in condos need to realize they are living in close proximity to many other people.  The rules in the declaration need to be respected and followed by everyone.


Have real estate questions?  Call me anytime, conversations are no-pressure and always confidential.


Congratulations to Karen F. for identifying the photo from the March BLOG.  The March photo was taken from the southbound platform at the Rosedale station.  The March prize is lunch at The Sprout, located at 15 St. Clair Ave. W. (at Yonge). The Sprout has a cult following in the mid-town area for it’s delicious Vietnamese cuisine.  Try the OMG!


Be the first to identify where the photo below was taken from, and win the April photo contest



April’s winner will be announced in the May BLOG.  Check back on the 1st of every month for a new BLOG & Photo Contest

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