Please note that the information below has been updated in 2020*
Currently experiencing difficulties with your landlord in relation to your pet?
As the Quebec Civil Code is silent on this subject, only the lease will inform you on the right or interdiction of having a pet in your home, with a few exceptions (animals who assist persons with disabilities or who are therapeutic aids). To avoid any unpleasant surprises, be sure to also check the building regulations, as they may prohibit the possession of animals. These internal rules are part of the lease and the landlord is required to give a copy to the tenant before the lease is signed.
If there is no provision or prohibition contained in the lease or in the building regulations, the owner cannot prevent the presence of your animals unless he can demonstrate that your pet is disturbing the neighbors or causing damage in the apartment or the building. Regardless of the situation, and whether you have a clause or not in your lease, your landlord can never force you himself to get rid of your pet. He/she must always go through the Régie du logement.
Download this model letter to send to your landlord (updated in 2020).
Currently experiencing difficulties with your co-owners association?
Any clause prohibiting the possession of pets in a declaration of co-ownership is invalid and thus without legal effect. However, at all times, a condominium owner who wishes to exert his/her right to have an animal must do so in a reasonable fashion and in such a way as to not interfere with other owners’ enjoyment of the property.
Download this model letter to send to your co-owners association (updated in 2020).
Know your rights and obligations
Each owner is responsible for the actions of their pets and the damage they cause. The right to keep an animal must not cause trouble to your neighbors, such as: noxious odors, unreasonable noise such as constant barking or meowing, or unsanitary conditions such as build up of fecal matter or urine, or damage to your apartment or your neighbors’ unit, etc.
With or without a pet, the tenant obligations remain the same, including:
— Keep the property clean and in good condition;
— Comply with the municipal by-laws regarding pets and cleanliness of the premises;
— Behave in a manner that doesn’t disturb the normal enjoyment of other tenants or the landlord;
— At the end of the lease, must return the unit to the landlord in the same condition in which the tenant received it.
*Please note that the information on this page is provided for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or opinion of any kind, nor does its provision form the basis of a lawyer-client relationship. The Montreal SPCA recommends obtaining independent legal counsel regarding any specific legal issues. While the Montreal SPCA has made reasonable efforts to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, it does not guarantee the accuracy, currency, or completeness of the material.