Do you have a pet? Are you having trouble looking for a place to rent?
The Ontario’s Residential Tenancies Act does not permit landlords to include “no pet” clauses in rental agreements. The only exception is if the property is a condominium and the condominium corporation’s declaration prohibits pets.
On the other hand, landlords can refuse to rent to a person who has a pet. It’s unfortunate, but true. Until a person actually enters into a rental agreement, there is no tenancy; the person and their pets are not protected.
However, a landlord cannot evict a tenant simply because they were unaware of a pet, or because the pet was adopted after the tenant moved in. A tenant can only be evicted if a pet is making too much noise, damaging the unit, causing an allergic reaction to others, or is considered to be inherently dangerous. Even then, the landlord must apply to the Landlord and Tenant Board for an order terminating the tenancy before kicking people and pets out.
Finally, a landlord is not allowed to charge a pet deposit.
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