Renting With Pets in Vancouver BC

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Renting With Pets in Vancouver BC

Landlords in British Columbia may prohibit pets entirely, restrict the size, kind or number of pets, create rules regarding pets, and charge a one-time pet deposit of one-half month’s rent if a pet is allowed. Guide animals and existing pets are exempt from the pet deposit provision.

Finding a home for you and your pet in Vancouver can be a challenge. Approximately 15-20% of downtown apartment buildings allow cats and only a few of these allow dogs. Your chances are much better in the suburbs.
There are a few things you can do to increase your chances of finding an apartment for you and your furry friend

  • Provide references form previous managers
  • Bring veterinary records
  • Create a pet resume

What you should know about renting with pets:

  • the landlord can end your tenancy if you get a pet and pets are prohibited in your tenancy agreement.
  • you can be evicted even if your agreement allows pets but your pet is dangerous, causes extraordinary damages or is unreasonably disturbing.

What you should know about the pet deposit:

  • the maximum amount cannot be more than half a month's rent regardless of how many pets you are allowed to keep.
  • can only be used to cover damages caused by a pet(s).
  • not applicable to pets allowed before January 1st, 2004.

More on this Subject

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