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Can a landlord refuse to rent to me because I have a pet?

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Can a landlord refuse to rent to me because I have a pet?

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August, 2016
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A landlord is allowed to ask if you have pets when you move in. They are also allowed to deny your rental application because you have pets.

But, after you move in, your landlord cannot evict you just for having a pet, even if your rental agreement has a "no‑pets" clause. In Ontario, no‑pets clauses in rental agreements are void. This means they cannot be enforced.

A landlord might be able to make you get rid of your pet if your pet:

  • makes unreasonable amounts of noise
  • causes a severe allergic reaction
  • is dangerous
  • causes damage
  • is not allowed because of condominium by-laws or local city by-laws
Learn more about this topic
Federation of Metro Tenants' Associations
Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO)
Ontario Landlord and Tenant Law

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