Pets can be a contentious issue for landlords and tenants.
Depending on the animal, its demeanour, and your care, it can be just a
quiet charming companion or a destructive disturbance. Many landlords
impose a no-pets clause on tenants, and many tenants will subsequently
break it. Will that get you kicked out?
In most provinces, violating a pre-existing no-pet clause is
enough to warrant an eviction notice. But that doesn’t mean you’re out
right away. Generally, a landlord must give you time to resolve the
problem caused by your cat, dog, or other pet, and you can also appeal
to human rights commissions or a landlord-tenant board.
A landlord can’t impose a no-pet clause or evict you for pet
ownership if it violates the human rights code. For example, a visually
impaired person can’t be thrown out for having a service dog.
If there was no existing no-pet clause, you can’t be evicted
for simply for bringing one in. However, a landlord could move to evict
you if the pet is dangerous, damaging property, or interfering with
other tenant’s enjoyment of the premises (with excessive barking or
causing allergic reactions, for example),
Ontario landlords can write a no-pet clause, but they aren’t
enforceable. Even if you agree to the clause and then bring in a pet,
the landlord can’t do much about it unless it’s demonstrably dangerous,
destructive, or a disturbance.
Provincial fact sheets from the Canada Housing and Mortgage Corporation: http://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/co/reho/yogureho/fash/