The city is considering a motion that would eliminate landlords’ right to refuse tenants with pets. However, this will require changes to provincial legislation.
Can Landlords Refuse Pets In West Vancouver
While living in West Vancouver, you’re likely to encounter at least a few landlords who refuse to rent out a suite because of a pet. These decisions are sometimes based on concerns about damage to the unit or noise levels, but are also often made for other reasons.
A recent vote by the Vancouver City Council has made it clear that landlords can no longer include a no-pet clause in rental contracts. The move, which was unanimously approved, is a long way from becoming law in the province.
However, the decision is welcome and will help to make Vancouver a more pet-friendly city for people with pets. In addition, the ban will help to ensure that animals are treated with respect by all tenants.
The question of whether a landlord can refuse to rent a suite because of a pet is a very personal one and it depends on the situation. For example, some tenants may be allergic to certain dogs or cats and others may be concerned about odors caused by pets.
Other factors that affect landlords’ decisions about allowing or denying a pet include the size, kind and number of pets. In addition, many landlords include reasonable pet-related rules in the tenancy agreement and may require a deposit if the tenant decides to bring a pet into the unit.
In most cases, a landlord will need to conduct a unit inspection before they allow a tenant to bring a pet into the unit. This is a necessary precaution since pets can cause damage to the apartment.
Some landlords have found that allowing tenants with pets has a positive impact on the business of renting, and they believe it’s worth the investment. They say that accepting tenants with pets attracts more qualified applicants, creates a sense of community and increases tenant retention.
Nevertheless, the issue of pets in West Vancouver is still very much an ongoing debate and there are many concerns about pet ownership. Some landlords worry about the wear and tear that pets can cause to the property, while others may have allergies or are concerned about noise level and waste removal.
There are also concerns about tenants who do not have the experience and training to care for a pet properly. These tenants may end up damaging the property and causing other tenants to be allergic to the animal.
While it is possible to find affordable pet-friendly rentals in West Vancouver, finding the right place can be challenging. This is especially true during the COVID-19 pandemic, which saw a spike in people looking for accommodation with pets.
The housing market in Vancouver is sizzling, with the vacancy rate at 1.8 per cent. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy to find a place to live. For pet owners, this can be even more difficult, because many rentals don’t allow pets.
Fortunately, this is changing. The City of Vancouver passed a motion this month that will prohibit landlords from denying rental spaces on the basis of pet ownership. The move is based on the success of Ontario’s Residential Tenancy Act, which prevents landlords from including a “no pets” clause in their lease agreements.
According to the City of Vancouver, the ban is designed to help improve the lives of British Columbians and their pets. Several studies show that pet-owners are more likely to be responsible tenants, have better social skills, and stay longer in their homes than non-pet owners.
Aside from that, having a pet can make a landlord’s life easier by providing company and companionship. It also helps reduce stress, especially for people who live alone or are prone to anxiety and isolation.
It’s not surprising that the majority of renters want to have a pet, since it makes them feel more comfortable and at home. Landlords should allow pets in order to attract the most qualified tenants, but they must be careful about what kinds of animals they accept.
To ensure that tenants who want to bring a pet to their rented spaces can do so without difficulty, landlords should review their tenancy agreements and create reasonable rules about pets. These should include a limit on the number, size and type of pets allowed in the building or unit.
Additionally, landlords should give tenants a reasonable amount of notice before they are required to comply with any rules. This will give them time to seek legal counsel or enlist the help of their pet-friendly community or veterinarian for advice on how to comply with the rules.
If a landlord is unable to enforce the terms of a rental agreement that restricts pets, they can sue the tenant for breaching the restrictions. However, it’s best to have a written agreement that’s signed by both parties before you take the matter to court.
In addition, a landlord should be prepared to give a tenant a reasonable amount of notice before they are forced to pay for damages caused by a pet. This is because in many cases, the damage incurred by a pet can be quite expensive to repair or replace.
As a result, it’s a good idea to keep a backup rental property in case the main one is unavailable. It’s also important to have a pet deposit that is large enough to cover all the potential costs associated with repairing damages caused by a pet.
Require a deposit
If you’re looking to rent a property in West Vancouver, then you may want to consider putting down a deposit. This is a good way to ensure that you’re getting the apartment that you want and also gives you some peace of mind when you’re checking out the various apartments in the area.
Landlords must return all deposits when a residential tenancy ends unless the tenant agrees to keep some or all of them, or an arbitrator orders that they be kept. If you’re going to be putting down a deposit, you should make sure that you have a written lease with the landlord, which includes the amount and conditions of the security deposit, as well as any other fees that are expected to be paid in order to move into the rental property.
Some landlords will require a pet damage deposit in addition to the normal security deposit. This deposit should be no more than half of one month’s rent, and it must be used to cover the cost of repairing any damages that are caused by pets. This can include things like damaged furniture, or even damage that is incurred when the landlord is bringing in contractors to perform work on the building. If you have a pet, be sure to discuss this with your landlord before you sign the tenancy agreement.
Among many other things, David A. Grantham is a contributing author to UmassExtension West Vancouver Blo. He is a renowned expert on real estate in BC.
Born in North Vancouver, Louisiana, Dr. Grantham grew up in Lower Lonsdale. He then went on to complete his business degree at the University British Columbia. As of this writing, Grantham has completed over 100 projects, including the development of a high rise building in Vancouver.
He is a husband, father, son, brother, and friend. He was a dedicated outdoorsman and enjoyed sports such as hunting, fishing, scuba diving, and snow skiing. His wife, Alison Grantham, and their two daughters survived him. He is survived by his wife Alison Martin Grantham and two daughters.