Puppy Love

Condo Pet Restrictions


I love animals! Pets are family and to most, they make a home. However, having a pet can restrict you in getting the home you want when that home is a condo.


Many condominium corporations impose pet restrictions on their owners, especially downtown Toronto. These restrictions can range from a simple “2 domestic pets” to “no animals over 20 pounds” to “no dogs”, or “no animals of any kind whatsoever”.


On the MLS listing, next to “Pets Perm” (indicating if pets are permitted), you will see one of three options “Y”, “N” or “Restrict”. Yes and No are obvious and supposed to be definite. Keep in mind, that even though it may say YES, you are still restricted on the pets being “domestic” – no illegal or dangerous pets. You may think this is common sense, but you would be surprised how many people try to keep venomous snakes and illegal animals.


Even if you see dogs in the building when viewing a condo, check with property management. In one case of a buyer I was representing, there were dogs everywhere in the building the buyer settled on, however, despite that fact – and the fact that the new owner papers referred to pets – they had recently changed the by-law that no NEW dogs were allowed! The buyer had to make a decision whether to pass on the condo, or get rid of his beloved dog.


Another note: if you are a fish lover (I have a large saltwater tank in my home and couldn’t imagine not having one), there are typically restrictions on the size of tank you may have, and even where you can put it, due to the support needed for the weight of a tank and the potential for collateral damage if there is an accident. Water at sea level weighs about 8.34 pounds per gallon, plus the weight of the stand, gravel, rock, etc. A 100-gallon tank can weigh over a thousand pounds, all concentrated on a relatively small area! The last thing you want is to have a leak, or structural problems that can cause damage several floors below you. Also, you should do your due diligence to ensure your home owner’s insurance will cover any claims due to a problem from your fish tank.


Because our pets are family and important to all of us, I always call the property management personally to check the restrictions for my client, to ensure the ‘whole family’ will be happy there. Then, I add a clause in the offer to ensure that we can double check the validity of the information we have (this will be in conjunction with the status certificate clause).


If you are looking for a condo anywhere in the GTA, or have any questions about the possible obstacles you may encounter in your home search,
CALL ME @ 416-450-4503 and I will do my best to make sure nothing gets in the way of your “Puppy Love”.


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