June 3, 2003
A major Toronto landlord is now charging rent to dogs. The Federation has obtained a lease used by Briar Lane Management that requires an extra monthly payment of $250 a month for apartments with dogs.
Pets are permitted in all Ontario apartments, but some tenants will have to pay $3000.00 a year for that right.
Starting rents are not regulated under Ontario's ill advised Tenant Protection Act.
"This is a further exploitation of a bad Act" said Dan McIntyre, Program Co-Ordinator for the FMTA. "What's next - added charges for having children?"
We will be urging any tenant to bring a case forward to have this charge disputed. Meanwhile, we will continue to call for a whole new Act and for fairness for tenants.
Pets are a good thing - exploitation by landlords is not.
We will be making the Government aware of this further bastardizing of their Act.