October 9th, 2012
BC Activists Want to Follow the Failed Ontario System
According to Sharon Isaak British Columbia landlords need to follow the same system Ontario landlords do when it comes to pets and rental units.
What’s the Issue?
Isaak says over half of all people in Vancouver are renters. In fact, in some areas the numbers are up to 80%.
She wants to change the laws to make it easier for renters to have pets in their rental property.
Weren’t the Laws Already Changed?
In 2003, the Residential Tenancy Act was adjusted to help those with pets find a home.
Here’s what Isaak says: about the laws which, “were changed to allow landlords to ask for a pet deposit to encourage them to allow pets, but what we’ve seen over the years, there’s been no more changes to encourage landlords to allow pets and that needs to change.”
Why Are More Changed Needed?
Isaak says she’s seen several older tenants even forced to euthanize their pets in order to keep renting in their building.
What’s Her Proposed Solution?
However if you head out east, it’s illegal in Toronto to discriminate against a renter because they have a pet
Is that Working In Ontario?
No. The policy in Ontario has been a disaster.
In Ontario it’s legal for landlords to advertise “NO PETS” but it’s illegal to then enforce it!
Ontario Landlords Have to Put Up With These Rules?
Yes. Ontario landlords are often faced with neighboring tenants being allergic or not wanting dogs and cats in other rental units close to them. However, even though the new tenants claims “no pets” to the landlord, they bring them in after signing the lease.
That Isn’t What We Need In British Columbia
What’s the Solution?