"Sorry no pets"
If you want your dog, cat, fish, bird, or other pet with you in your new apartment, these words are disappointing. Here are some things you can do to have the best chance of keeping Fido, Fluffy, or Polly
with you. We have listed some places that will help you find more information about this sensitive issue. Ontario is currently the only provinces in Canada that has a landlord tenancy act that allows pets.
Be a Responsible Pet Owner
Make sure your pet gets all shots required by law and has regular check-ups at the vet, and keep your pet's medical records together.
Get Letters of Reference
A letter of reference from your current or previous landlord can be quite useful, as can one from your veterinarian. Why not put together a pet resume (you can check out a sample resume from the Humane Society for ideas)?
Carry pictures of your pet with you when you're looking for your new home? Make sure the pictures are clear and show your pet in his or her best light. The personal touch can win over many people -- and landlords are people, too.
Make Your Case
You can introduce your pet to the potential landlord using your portfolio and some handy pictures. Highlight your responsibility, your previous landlord's comments, and your willingness to pay a deposit or slightly higher rent. Which leads us to...
Be Prepared to Pay More
Many properties where pets are allowed require an extra security deposit or charge a monthly rent for the pet. This is the landlord's prerogative. They see animals as potentially destructive and want to be covered in case of damage. If a potential landlord seems hesitant about letting your pet stay, offer to pay an extra deposit or a little more in rent each month.
Shipping your Pet
As you begin making arrangements for your move, the answers to your many questions about relocating your family pet will depend upon many factors and you can find some answers here.
Legal Rights For People Who Use Service Animals
People who use service animals may be denied access that others take for granted such as being able to eat at a restaurant, go grocery shopping or live in the apartment of their choice. As a result, ARCH receives inquiries from people who use service animals about their legal rights.
Fact Sheets about Landlord Tenant Act
CMHC fact sheets were developed in collaboration with the provincial and territorial authorities responsible for landlord-tenant affairs in each respective province or territory.
The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies
Is the national voice on animal welfare. A good place to start by checking out your local SPCA and see if they have any "Pet Friendly" rental listings.
Top 7 Tips for Apartment Living with Dogs
The housing downturn made renting instead of owning a popular choice for many people. Many families have turned to smaller spaces to save money. And in terms of roommates, one of the most agreeable cohabitants can be of the canine variety, they don’t steal your groceries or borrow your clothes, and they can be a constant source of companionship and unconditional love! Living in an apartment is possible with a dog, given a little foresight and planning
Pets in Quebec Rental Housing
Two weeks ago, you moved into your new apartment with your best friend, Rex, a big German Shepherd. Just as you were getting settled, your landlord knocked on your door to tell you that you have to get rid of your best buddy because he's too loud! But when you signed the lease, your landlord never mentioned that pets weren't allowed. Also, there is nothing in your lease that says you can’t have a pet.
The mission of the Ontario SPCA is to facilitate and provide for province-wide leadership on matters relating to the prevention of cruelty to animals and the promotion of animal welfare.
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