Renting with Pets: A Guide to Ontario Rental Law

A recent article by CBC News highlights how hard it can be to find pet-friendly accommodations in Toronto’s competitive rental market. Maybe you have experienced finding the ideal house or apartment, only to have the landlord tell you no pets are allowed. Time to move on and continue the search? Not necessarily.

First, you should know that 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. You should always be aware of whether the “no pets” stipulation is being set by the landlord (which is illegal) or by the condominium corporation (which might be permissible – more on this in a future blog post).

Second, a landlord can refuse to rent to a person who has a pet. It’s unfortunate, but true. The protections provided to pet guardians apply only to tenants. Until a person actual…

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“No Pet” Provision Void – what does this mean?

It is not uncommon for Canadian pet owners to go through a difficult time when looking for a place to rent. Between pet deposits and numerous “no pet” clauses it can take a long time to find landlords that will allow their furry family members. Ontario offers a little help for those individuals looking to rent with their companion animals. Ontario’s Residential Tenancies Act[1] (the “RTA”) offers a section that voids all “no pet” provisions in a rental agreement, making it impossible for a landlord to keep a pet out of a rental unit.

Ontario is the only province in Canada with a provision in its residential tenancy statute that does not allow landlords to include “no pet” clauses in rental agreements. Section 14 of the RTA states that a provision in a tenancy agreement prohibiting the presence of animals in or about the residential complex is void.[2] In other words, a landlord is not allowed to includ…

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