GREAT LOCATION! Well kept Hi-Rise. Unfurnished suites/some with water views. Heat and Hot water included. Laundry facilities in building. Sorry, NO PETS.
On Sunset Beach near the Aquatic center that has an
Olympic size pool and within seconds to the small
Granville Island Ferry.
Three bus stops within the block.
One Year Lease. No Pets.
And countless more. However, I did find see this ad:
VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – If Vancouver city council has its way, landlords will no longer be able to demand “no pets allowed.”
Not everyone is in favour of this motion.
The Rental Housing Council of BC doesn’t agree with the idea, President and CEO Amy Spencer says it should remain based on choice.
“Ten per cent of irresponsible pet owners do cause damage, so back in 2004 when the province did look at this, they provided landlords with the ability to charge a pet damage deposit.”
“We’ve actually had cases where people have been sued in the past where they’ve had new tenants come in and there has been some pet dander left over. Their children had an allergic reaction. It is a very individual choice. I’m a renter and I have a pet, and pets to me are a privilege and not a right.”
Councillor Tim Stevenson disagrees, “So why should people, just because they can’t afford to have a house or a big backyard, not be able to have a pet?”
He says over half of Vancouver households are renters, and the City of Vancouver is home to more than a quarter of the rental housing for the entire province.
A final decision would be up to the province of BC.
Ontario does not allow landlords to ban pets in rental housing agreement.
Things are different in cities with higher vacancy rates. For instance, a story on MSN Real Estate, puts the case that landlords should consider renting to pet owners.
As landlords vie for tenants in this depressed market, many are wondering whether it might be time to allow dogs and cats. Judging by the number of calls they get from pet owners, surely there’d be plenty of takers.
But when the plan is posed to colleagues, say, at an online property-management forum, it invariably gets quashed by a colorful tale of hurt: the kitty litter improperly disposed of (clogged pipes) or the whining dog inadequately attended to (infuriated neighbors). “After that,” a fellow property owner declares, “I stopped allowing pets.”
The problem is that what makes for a good story and what constitutes the norm are two very different things. When managers hear only the most outrageous tales – and what else are people going to recount? – they miss the true picture, which is far less interesting and far tamer…
“Somewhere in the neighborhood of 70% of your tenants are going to have some kind of pet, so you can’t just say, ‘No pets allowed,'” says Fred Thompson, president of the National Association of Residential Property Managers, a trade group. “If you do, you’re going to see an extended vacancy period on your investment and that doesn’t work out long term.
“Look at it in this sense: If it took an extra two months at $1,000, then … not taking a pet costs $2,000,” Thompson says. “Well, $2,000 will pay for a lot of carpet.”
From Ontario Tenants:
Question: The landlord says I must either move out or get rid of my pet; Do I?
Answer: Only if the pet is dangerous, causes allergic reactions or causes problems for other tenants or the landlord, must you get rid of your pet or consider moving elsewhere as per Landlord application to terminate tenancy based on animals.
Even if you signed a lease with a “no pets” clause, if the pet is not a problem for anybody they can not enforce it; such no pets clauses are invalid under the law.
You do not have to move or get rid of the pet unless the Board issues a written order to do so.
- Larger Prospective Tenant Pool- Firepaw.org states that almost 50% of renters own a pet. Therefore, if you make your property pet friendly, you can be more selective when choosing a tenant as you will have a larger group to choose from.
- Pet Owners Make More Money- According to Practical Apartment Management, by Edward N Kelly, 65% of pet owners earn over $50,000 a year. You should run a credit check to help determine if this money will go toward paying the rent.
- Longer Tenancy- Pet owners typically stay in a rental longer because it can be harder for them to find other pet friendly options.
- Responsible Pet Owners Are Responsible Tenants- If someone is mature enough to take good care of an animal, there is a good chance they will treat your property with the same respect.
- Charge Higher Rent- look around your area. If there are not a lot of pet friendly properties, tenants will have fewer options, and you may be able to charge slightly higher rents if you allow pets due to the increased demand.
Have you run up against landlords and managers who refuse to rent to people with cats or dogs? We’d like to publish your story!