Renting with Pets
Finding a home for you and
your pet(s) can be a challenge. According to apartmentguide.ca, only
15-20% of downtown Vancouver apartment buildings allow cats, and only a
few of these allow dogs.
Many Landlords are concerned
about renting to people with pets because of the damage they can cause,
plus the disruption, noise and/or danger to other Tenants. According
to the Residential Tenancy Guide, a Landlord can decide whether or not
they will allow pets. If pets are permitted, the Landlord can
restrict the size, kind or number of pets. The Landlord can also establish
pet-related rules and the Tenant must abide by those rules.
To increase your chances of
finding an apartment or house that allows pets, provide references from
your previous Landlord and bring along your pet's veterinary records.
Be open with potential Landlords about how you care for and clean up after
Landlords are allowed to ask
for a pet deposit, however; the pet deposit cannot be more than half of
one month’s rent, regardless of the number of pets. The deposit collected
can only be used to claim for damages done by a pet.
Arbitrated Decisions Regarding Pets
Landlord tries to collect pet deposit
Landlord gives a Notice to End
Tenancy because the Tenant has 9 or more cats
Read more decisions at:
In The News
Dog Friendly Policy
for Renters with Dogs
Landlords want to protect their investment. As a dog owner, you want to
show a prospective Landlord that you are a responsible Tenant and a
responsible dog owner.
Here are a few things to
consider when renting with dogs:
► Bring your dog along when you
meet the Landlord and view the unit, so the Landlord can meet your pet.
► Offer a prospective Landlord
the opportunity to visit you at your current residence so he/she can see
how well you keep your current home.
► Create a resume for your pet.
This can help show a Landlord that you are a responsible pet owner.
Include information such as obedience classes, vaccination records and
references from dog trainers, pet sitters, nieghbours, etc...
Pets in Tenancies
BC Landlord and Tenant fact sheet on pets.