Pets have a bad rep in the rental space. Not only do they increase the probability of damaging your unit, but they also might cause a disturbance in your community. Don’t get us wrong – we love (and have) pets, but as a Landlord, pets represent added risk.
As a Landlord, what steps are you allowed to take to protect your property? We’re glad you asked:
- In Alberta, you are allowed to collect a pets deposit or fee (there are no rules defining this) and you are allowed to refuse to rent to a tenant with pets. Your lease (tenancy agreement) is allowed to reflect your pet preference.
- Landlords are allowed to charge a half months rent as a pet deposit, and can be requested at anytime during the tenancy (once the pet is brought into the unit). Similar to Alberta, the Landlord is allowed to refuse to a tenant with pets, and must include this in the tenancy agreement.
- As per the Landlord Tenant Board, you may only collect a maximum of one months rent as a deposit, and it must be used towards the last month of rent (see our post on rental deposits in Ontario). You may not collect an additional pets deposit or fee.
- You are allowed to refuse to rent to a prospective tenant if they have pets, but you may not amend the lease to reflect your pet preference.
- There are no legal guidelines in Quebec (similar to Alberta). You may collect a monthly pets fee and/or a pets deposit. As long as the lease reflects the landlord’s pet preference, the landlord is allowed to refuse to rent to prospective tenants with pets.
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