Pets: Are they allowed in rental apartment buildings and condominium buildings?

Although pets cannot be prohibited in rental apartment buildings in Ontario, they can be regulated and prohibited in condominiums where the condominium declaration so provides, BUT service animals must be allowed for owners/residents with a disability. The Ontario Human Rights Code trumps the condo Declaration. The condo corporation can ask for medical confirmation of the disability. In Ontario, service animals do not need to be certified and in fact there is no government body that certifies service animals. Although the Human Rights Code trumps the condo Declaration, the pet prohibition remains in full force and effect; it’s just not enforced against the occupant with the disability for so long as he/she remains disabled.

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