What's Legal in a Lease??

Thinking about renting your home out- think again! As reported in todays Star-apparently provisions that don't conform to Ontario law- can't be enforced.  Say you have a 'no pets' clause in your lease,-its accepted and signed by the tenant- then shortly after they move in theres several big dogs living there too. Can you get rid of dogs. Not according to the Ontario Residential Tenancies Act. In Ontario, unless this a condominium whose declaration prohibits pets, there is little the landlord can do to remove the dogs. Section 14 of the Act says that any provision in a lease preventing pets is void! You cannot contract out of the provisions of the Act.

In order to remove the pet, the landlord will have to prove damage or danger. This applies to any lease in Ontario, whether you are in a high-rise apartment buildiing, a basement apartment or any other residential unit. The only exception is if you are renting in a condominium building where the condo's declaration prohibits pets.  Only then will the tenants HAVE to follow this restriction. 

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Cheryl Kopko

Cheryl Kopko

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CENTURY 21 Miller Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage*
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