Pet condo rules

For many condo buyers and renters, finding a place that will accommodate your pet, especially a large dog, can be a difficult experience. Every condominium MLS listing has a “Pets Perm” code stating either: “Y” for permitted, “Restrict” for restricted or “N” for not permitted. When you see a “Restrict” code, this could mean a few different things including size of the pet, number of pets per unit, cats vs. dogs, breed of dog, weight of dog, etc.

Some buildings will have pet rules that may be somewhat flexible. Here are some things that you should know regarding your furry friends living in a condominium:

  1. Landlords cannot prohibit their tenants from having a pet unless it is specifically in the condominium rules for the building. Check the building’s code and see if your pet is accepted under the rules before mentioning it to your landlord.
  2. To change a condominium rule prohibiting pets (or pets of a certain type), 80% of the condo owners would have to vote in favour of changing the rule.
  3. If the pet is part of a physical or mental disability and the owner has medical documentation to support this claim, then there is an exception as it becomes an issue of Human Rights.
  4. Regulations that limit the size of a pet are legitimate and must be abided by in the rules.

5. Pets that are deemed a nuisance in the building can be forced out, if the owners of units in the building file a complaint. Such things as noise complaints, or damage to the unit will fall under this category.

When looking for a condo, make sure to read the proper documents with respect to the condominium rules. Ensure you get the proper information on what is and what is not allowed when it comes to pets in the building. You should order and read through the building’s Status Certificate.


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