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In this blog post, I will provide you with valuable insights into the landlord and tenant relationship when it comes to having pets in condominium buildings. After discussing this topic in a recent video, I received many questions and feedback, so I decided to dive deeper into this subject. Let’s explore how landlords and tenants can navigate this often complex situation.

The Tenant’s Perspective

If you are a tenant who has a pet and is applying to places, it is crucial to understand that landlords are allowed to deny your application solely because you have a pet. Be aware that this decision might not even be based on the landlord’s preference but could be due to the condo rules. In my previous video, I explained that some buildings simply do not allow any pets. Therefore, if you sign a lease and bring your pet into a pet-restricted building, you risk being evicted. It is essential to thoroughly review the condo rules before making any decisions.

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Now, let’s shift our focus to the landlord’s side of the story.

The Landlord’s Perspective

If you own a unit in a pet-friendly building but do not prefer pets yourself, here’s how it works. When an applicant discloses that they have a dog or a cat, you still have the right to deny their application based on that fact alone. However, if the applicant does not have a pet at the time of the offer, and they later decide to bring in a pet after the lease has been signed, things become a bit more complicated.

In such a scenario, you cannot simply evict the tenant because they acquired a pet after the fact, as long as it complies with the condominium rules. However, there are some exceptions that could potentially lead to an eviction:

  1. The pet is considered dangerous.
  2. The pet continuously disturbs neighbors.
  3. The pet causes considerable damage to your property.

In these specific cases, you have the option to seek an eviction, but you must convince the landlord-tenant board and obtain a written order before taking any further action. It is important to remember that the tenant does not need to do anything until they receive the written order from the landlord tenant board.

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Maintaining a Harmonious Relationship

Regardless of whether you are a tenant or a landlord, I strongly recommend maintaining transparency throughout the process. Living with constant tension between tenants and landlords can be incredibly stressful. Therefore, it is in everyone’s best interest to keep an open mind, be transparent, and strive for peaceful coexistence. Building a positive and respectful relationship with your landlord or tenant can significantly enhance your living experience.


Navigating the landlord and tenant relationship when it comes to pets in condominium buildings can be challenging. As we have discussed, tenants need to be aware of the restrictions imposed by condo rules and landlords’ rights to deny applications based on pet ownership. On the other hand, landlords must familiarize themselves with the exceptions that may allow for eviction if a tenant’s pet poses a danger, disturbs neighbors, or damages property.

Transparency and open communication are key in maintaining a harmonious living environment for both parties. By adhering to the rules and being considerate, we can enjoy our homes, whether as landlords or tenants, without unnecessary conflicts.

If you have any further questions or would like to continue the conversation, please feel free to reach out below!

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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.