This is a question I get asked all the time. The Short Answer is No, you cannot tell somebody you won’t rent out your place because they have a pet.

Another question, many people have is, whether or not you have a pet clause in there, and then the tenant gets a pet after the fact, can they keep the pet. The Answer is Yes.

The Landlord Tenant act, is very clear, a landlord cannot tell a tenant that they cannot have a pet. You cannot discriminate a potential tenant just because they have a pet. You cannot tell a tenant that obtains a pet after they are living there that they have to either get rid of the pet or move out.

Most landlords put on the mls, and other rental sites that they do not want somebody who smokes or has pets. I’m not a lawyer but I’m pretty sure that is not the proper thing to do, but if you look at rental ads you will see everybody has that listed.

It is my understanding, the only way that you can tell potential renters and renters that no pets are allowed, is if there is a bylaw in the condo or apartment that restricts any pets. If that is the case, then definitely the landlord is in the right when it comes to these no pet clauses. Also if there there is a weight restriction, that also applies.

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