I’ve been victim of this, and pretty much every residents of Quebec have gone through this at one point in their life. It’s heart breaking and there are no reasons why it should continue to be this way.Every summer, around moving day, thousands of Quebec residents are forced to make the gut-wrenching decision to part with a beloved pet, whom they consider a member of their family, in order to secure affordable rental housing. Indeed, by the Régie du logement’s own estimate, only 3% of landlords accept tenants with dogs. While Ontario invalidated no pet clauses in leases in the 1990s, here in Quebec, we continue to allow landlords to penalize all pet owners looking for affordable rental housing, regardless of how their animals actually behave. It is time to correct this situation and allow responsible pet owners, whose animals are not a source of damage or disturbance, to keep their families together.
Whereas thousands of animals are abandoned each year for the sole reason that their owners are unable to find housing that permits pets (at the Montreal SPCA, for example, the number of animals abandoned nearly triples in the months surrounding moving day, from around 600 a month to approximately 1600);
Whereas the prohibition of pets in rental housing units primarily affects low-income individuals, due to the fact that they have more limited opportunities for housing;
Whereas no pet clauses unfairly favor landlords by allowing them to penalize all pet owners who are looking for affordable rental housing, regardless of how their animals actually behave;
Whereas Quebec should follow in the footsteps of its neighbour Ontario, which invalidated no pet clauses over twenty years ago in the 1990s (Tenant Protection Act, SO 1997, c 24 (repealed); Residential Tenancies Act, S.O. 2006, c. 17);