No doubt, housing is an important topic in Vancouver. Things get even more complicated if you have a dog or a cat (or crocodile?…no joke I rented a place on Boundary Road once where the previous tenant kept a crocodile in a kids wading pool in the living room)
Vancouver Magazine has an editorial talking about some of the challenges pet owners face when looking for a place to live. And the costs not being able to find a home for you dog or cat has on the animal shelters in our community. The story compares Vancouver to other Canadian cities and offers some solutions.
In Ontario, landlords can’t discriminate on tenants based on pet ownership.
“The answer to that may lie in Ontario, which long ago amended its Landlord and Tenant Act to effectively declaw pet bans—even in cases where the renter agreed to one. Legally, there are now only three pet-related reasons a renter can be shown the door in Ontario: if the landlord or another tenant’s peace and quiet is “substantially interfered” with, if someone has a severe allergic reaction to the animal in question, or if the animal is dangerous.”
Personally…this is tough one for me. My wife and I do own a condo that we rent out in Vancouver. I would hate for their being a law saying we HAVE to rent to pet owners…that said, we allow pets in our place.
As my friend Catherine points out, my wife and I might have good intentions; “But the pet thing is the fault of irresponsible owners for the most part. So once you get screwed for it, you might change your mind.”
What do you think, should there be a law in British Columbia that mandates that landlords allow pets? Leave a comment.