BC landlords have the right to decide whether or not pets are allowed on their property. They can prohibit them completely. Or, they can set limits on the number, size or type that is allowed. If your landlord allows you to have a pet, it is important to document that permission in your tenancy agreement. Don’t rely on verbal permission alone – make sure it is in writing.
Sneaking a pet into your tenancy is not recommended. If you get caught, you could be found to have breached a term of your tenancy agreement. You could be forced to choose between moving out or giving up your pet.
If you are allowed to have a pet, your landlord can charge a pet damage deposit equal to half the monthly rent. If your pet causes damage, you will most likely have to pay for the repairs.
Remember that your pet, just like you, has to put their best self forward. The landlord should be confident about you and your pet. To inspire confidence, consider providing your landlord with positive information about your pet.
Do you have pet references? Information about the breed? Certificates from a Training Academy? You need to show that you are not only a responsible pet owner, but that your pet has a history of being non-destructive, reasonably quiet, and friendly to neighbours. In the Resources Section, there is a worksheet to help you create a resume for your pet.
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