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Are Pet Restrictions Enforceable in Toronto Condos?

Robert Van Rhijn
Publication date:
June 4, 2022
Article Summary: 

The article discusses the issue of pet restrictions in Toronto condos and whether they are enforceable. It notes that while condo corporations have the authority to create and enforce rules around pets, such as restrictions on the number, size, and breed of pets allowed, there are some limitations to their enforcement powers.

The article explains that the Ontario Human Rights Code prohibits discrimination based on factors such as age, gender, and disability, and that some condo rules around pets could be seen as discriminatory. For example, rules that ban certain breeds of dogs could be challenged under the code.

The article also notes that the Condominium Act requires that condo rules be reasonable, and that the reasonableness of a pet restriction could be challenged in court. For example, a rule that bans all pets could be seen as unreasonable.

The article concludes by suggesting that condo corporations work with pet owners to find solutions that work for everyone, rather than simply enforcing strict rules that could be seen as discriminatory or unreasonable.


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Robert Van Rhijn
Are Pet Restrictions Enforceable in Toronto Condos?
June 4, 2022
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