January 25, 2021, by Insauga News
Reflecting the current housing market, rental prices in Hamilton have never been higher ($1,500 on average) and the market is extremely competitive.
Finding good tenants is hard enough so most landlords who would rather not rent to pet owners include “no pet” clauses in their rental agreements to protect their properties.
But what many landlords may not know is that the Ontario Residential Tenancies Act does not permit us to include “no pet” clauses in rental agreements.
According to Animal Justice, the leading animal rights legal organization in Canada, “the only exception is if the property is a condominium and the condominium corporation’s declaration prohibits pets.”
So, what if a tenant omits the fact that they own a pet?
Animal Justice says that a landlord cannot evict a tenant simply because they were unaware of a pet, or because the pet was adopted after the tenant moved in.
What does this mean?
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