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Pets in People Places A serious shortage of rental units More than 50 per cent of B.C. residents have pets, but just 5 per cent of rental suites allow dogs, and only 9 per cent allow cats Pets in People Places

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Pets in People Places

A serious shortage of rental units

More than 50per cent of B.C. residents have pets, but just 5 per cent of rental suites allow dogs, and only 9per cent allow cats


Pets in People Places

The availability of pet-friendly housingis limited even further by a low rental vacancy rate

Landlords are more selective about who they rent to, and tenants with pets are forced to compete for housing


Pets in People Places

About 2,500 animals a year are surrendered to the SPCA because their guardians couldn’t find pet-friendly housing

These animals are often relinquished in multiple numbers and are older, less adoptable pets who have spent most of their lives with a single family


Pets in People Places

Nearly 80per cent of B.C. residents are in favour of legislation that allows pet guardians the right to keep companion animals


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It’s easy for landlords and strata councils to prohibit pets, but it’s compassionate, humane, wise and profitable to permit and regulate them


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Regulating Pets

P Landlords can put in place various safeguards to help ensure pet guardians are respectful of their neighbours and that they take proper care of their rental property and their pet

P Tenants can increase their desirability as renters by providing prospective landlords with proof that they are responsible pet owners, and by agreeing to follow established pet policies


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The Benefits:

  • Pet guardians typically pay between 20 and 30 per cent more for rental units
  • Tenants with pets tend to stay longer – an average of 46 months, compared to 18 months for tenants without pets
  • Pet guardians have a vested interest in being model tenants

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m Building security is increased when pets are present, both in the unit of residence, and around the complex during late-night or early-morning walks

m Pets reduce feelings of loneliness, anxiety and stress

m Pets teach children empathy and responsibility, and contribute to their overall self-esteem


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The Tools

For Landlords:

  • Pet damage deposit – In addition to the regular damage deposit, a landlord can require a pet damage deposit of up to 50 per cent of one month’s rent
  • Landlords can restrict the size, kind and number of pets

m Landlords can restrict where pets are permitted inside and outside a unit


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mTenant interviews – Asking a few key questions of tenants during a preliminary interview will help reveal whether they are responsible pet guardians

m Landlords can have tenants abide by a strict Pet Policy setting out the number and type of pets a tenant can have, proper pet behaviour, pet vaccination and identification requirements and leash laws


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For Tenants:

  • Pet resumé – Tenants should list pet’s achievements and attributes on a pet resumé. Include a photo as well as references from veterinarian, trainer, previous landlord, breeder, neighbour, dog-walker, or animal shelter where pet was adopted
  • Tenants should make sure their pet always appears groomed and wears proper identification

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  • Tenants should provide the landlord with proof of pet’s spay/neuter, and any certificates of pet’s obedience training
  • Tenants should invite a prospective landlord to meet their well-behaved pet
  • Tenants should indicate their willingness to respect the wishes of people who are fearful of or allergic to animals

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  • Tenants permitted to have pets should always adhere to the established Pet Policy and encourage other pet guardians to do the same
  • Tenants should never acquire a pet unless permitted to do so

m The website is an excellent resource to find pet-friendly housing


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The BC SPCA believes that these clear and humaneguidelines that establish a code of conduct for pets and their guardians will reduce conflict and ensure harmony between pet guardians and their neighbours


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Where to Start

Visit for:

  • Facts
  • Sample Pet Policy
  • Sample Pet Resumém Landlord and Tenant FAQs
  • Letter from the BC SPCA

m And more …


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Living with animals is one of the greatest benefits of life. Only by behaving as responsible pet guardians will we be able to initiate positive changes that result in a housing market that is as eager to accept our pets as they are to accept us