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Hey pet lovers! If you’re considering buying a condo but also own a pet or plan to have one in the future, this blog post is for you. I’m Joey Virgilio, a Realtor at Sage Real Estate and co-host of the Toronto Living’s Real Estate Podcast. In this blog post, I’ll explain the important aspects of pet restrictions in condo buildings, and what you should consider before making a purchase.

The Importance of Checking Pet Restrictions

When you own or plan to own a pet, it’s crucial to inquire about the pet policies in the condo building you’re interested in. Each condo will have its own set of rules and regulations regarding pets, and you want to make sure you’re aware of them before committing to a purchase. Pet restrictions can vary from building to building, so let’s dive deeper into the three main documents that dictate these rules.

Understanding the Hierarchy of Pet Rules

  1. Declaration: The declaration is the primary document that establishes the condo building as a registered condominium. Some condos may have limitations on the number of pets per unit or impose weight restrictions.
  2. Bylaws: Bylaws are secondary to the declaration and provide more specific guidelines and restrictions regarding pets. For example, they may require dogs to be on a leash when outside the unit or forbid leaving pets unattended in common areas.
  3. Rules: The rules set out further details on how pet owners should navigate their pets within the condo building. They may be based on past incidents or to ensure the safety and comfort of all residents.
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Seeking Clarification and Guidance

When buying a condo, it’s essential to ask your realtor for a copy of the status certificate, which includes information on the building’s rules and regulations. Additionally, reach out to the property management to inquire about the pet restrictions and clarify any concerns you may have. It’s also recommended to involve a lawyer who can thoroughly review the status certificate and provide legal advice.

Consequences of Breaking Pet Rules

What if a condo has a pet ban, but you decide to bring your furry friend anyway? In such cases, the consequences can be severe. The worst-case scenario might involve having to remove your pet or even being forced to move out of the condominium. It’s crucial to respect the rules set forth by the condo building to avoid any legal issues and ensure a harmonious living environment.

Pet-Friendly Condos in Toronto

Fortunately, in Toronto, most condos allow pets, particularly dogs and cats. However, there are often weight restrictions, especially for larger dogs. It’s important to thoroughly research and confirm that the condo you’re interested in permits the type and size of pet you have or plan to have.

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In conclusion, if you’re a pet owner or planning to become one, understanding the pet restrictions in condo buildings is crucial. Always inquire about the pet policies, review the declaration, bylaws, and rules, and seek professional guidance during the purchasing process. By doing so, you can ensure a smooth transition into a pet-friendly condo and avoid any unnecessary complications. If you have any further questions or want to join the conversation, feel free to leave a comment or reach out to me using the provided links.

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    Joey Virgilio

    Joey Virgilio is a Real Estate Agent with the Toronto Livings Team at Sage Real Estate. Born and raised as a GTA native, his knowledge of the geography and market mixed with exceptional real estate services will leave you feeling nothing but confidence with your decision to hire him and the Toronto Livings Team.