In the tenancy agreement, a landlord can indicate whether or not pets are allowed at the rental property. If they are allowed, landlords can also:

  • Restrict the size, kind and number of pets or include reasonable pet-related rules in the tenancy agreement (these can be negotiated to suit both parties)
  • Require a pet damage deposit

Tenants are responsible for cleaning up after their pets and repairing any damage they cause – even if the pet is a guide animal. 

Landlords should remember that pet clauses in the tenancy agreement must comply with any strata property bylaws (e.g. a condominium), if applicable.

Guide Dogs and Service Dogs 

  • Guide and service dogs are legally allowed to live in rental properties – landlords cannot require a pet damage deposit for these animals. Tenants and visitors may have their guide dog or service dog on rental premises, regardless of tenancy agreements that prohibit or restrict pets. In fact, landlords cannot refuse to rent a property to someone because they have a disability or they plan to keep a guide or service dog.

Learn more on the Ministry of Justice's webpages on guide and service dogs which has detailed information and a fact sheet on:

  • certification for service and guide dogs, retired service and guide dogs, and dogs-in-training
  • legislation and policy
  • fees, forms and processes
  • questions and answers

Video: Security & Pet Damage Deposits

The content on this website is periodically reviewed and updated by the Province of British Columbia as per the date noted on each page: October 31, 2019.

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