Can a Landlord Say “No Pets” in Ontario?

In Ontario, Canada, landlords have the legal right to include a “no pets” clause in their rental agreements. Such clauses clearly state that pets are not allowed in the rental property, and tenants are generally expected to comply with these terms.

Key points to consider:

  1. Lease Agreement: A “no pets” policy is typically included in the lease agreement. Both landlords and tenants are expected to adhere to the terms and conditions outlined in the lease.
  2. Enforceability: A “no pets” policy is enforceable in Ontario, and tenants are generally expected to comply with this policy. Violating the terms of the lease can result in various consequences, including eviction.
  3. Human Rights Legislation: Ontario’s Human Rights Code prohibits discrimination based on various grounds, including disability. However, the code allows landlords to maintain a “no pets” policy, even if a tenant has a disability.
  4. Reasonable Accommodation: Under the Human Rights Code, landlords are legally obligated to make reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, but this does not extend to allowing pets in violation of a “no pets” policy. Exceptions are generally not made for service animals in the context of a “no pets” clause.
  5. Pet Deposits and Fees: In some cases, landlords may allow pets with specific deposits or fees. These are non-refundable and are intended to cover potential pet-related damages.
  6. Behavior and Responsibility: Even in properties with a “no pets” policy, tenants are expected to behave responsibly and ensure that their actions do not negatively affect other tenants or the property.

In summary, landlords in Ontario have the right to include a “no pets” policy in their lease agreements. This policy is enforceable, and tenants are generally expected to comply with it. While the Human Rights Code prohibits discrimination based on disability, it does not require exceptions to “no pets” clauses, even for service animals. Open communication and a clear understanding of the lease agreement are essential for addressing pet-related matters while respecting the legal requirements of the province.

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