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To: David Eby: Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Housing

Eliminate the ‘no pets’ clause in the Residential Tenancy Act

Eliminate the ‘no pets’ clause in the Residential Tenancy Act

Renting in BC, especially cities like Vancouver, is already incredibly expensive and difficult and having or wanting a pet makes it even hard. BC Landlords shouldn’t be able to discriminate against pet-owning tenants. If you agree, will you sign this petition calling on David Eby, Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Housing, to eliminate the ‘no pets’ clause in the Residential Tenancy Act?

Why is this important?

I grew up with dogs my whole life, and when I moved to BC I couldn’t wait to get my own. The only thing stopping me is that I haven’t been able to find an affordable place to live that was dog friendly — and this is because BC landlords are legally allowed to refuse and/or evict tenants for having pets.

According to the BCSPCA, about 25% of people who surrender their pets do it because they cannot find housing that they can afford that also allows for pets. [1] That means over 1,000 pets are surrendered every year because BC landlords are legally allowed to discriminate against pet-owners. [2]

The two and a half years of the pandemic have been an incredibly lonely and isolating time for all of us, and many adopted companion animals to support their mental health during this time. But now, anyone who wants to move or get a pet can’t do it because they cannot find affordable housing that’s pet-friendly. This is an issue that particularly impacts people with disabilities in the province. [3]

Renting in BC, especially cities like Vancouver, is already incredibly expensive and difficult and having or wanting a pet makes it even hard. Even Vancouver City Council passed a motion in 2020 to allow tenants to have pets— but here’s the catch: Rental agreements are set out by the Province. [4] This means we need to get David Eby, to eliminate that clause in the Residential Tenancy Act.

Landlords have claimed they put this clause in rental agreements because they want to protect their property value, but there is no evidence that pets cause more damage in an apartment than non-pet owners. [5] We know that it doesn’t have to be this way. Several years ago, Ontario made it illegal for landlords to refuse tenancy or evict people because of pets (except in condominiums). [6]

Renting in BC, especially cities like Vancouver, is already incredibly expensive and difficult and having or wanting a pet makes it even hard. BC Landlords shouldn’t be able to discriminate against pet-owning tenants. If you agree, will you sign this petition calling on Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Housing, David Eby, to eliminate the ‘no pets’ clause in the Residential Tenancy Act?

David Eby, how would you feel if you got evicted because of having a pet?

[1] https://spca.bc.ca/ways-to-help/take-action/animals-in-the-home/pet-friendly-housing/
[2] See 1
[3] https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/housing-pets-struggles-1.6096109
[4] https://globalnews.ca/news/7399404/vancouver-council-supports-call-to-end-no-pets-rental-units/
[5] See 1
[6] https://www.canlii.org/en/on/laws/stat/so-2006-c-17/latest/so-2006-c-17.html?autocompleteStr=residential%20tenancies%20&autocompletePos=1

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Updates

2022-08-03 13:25:51 -0400

50 signatures reached

2022-08-02 20:44:41 -0400

25 signatures reached

2022-08-02 18:53:15 -0400

10 signatures reached