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Updated on Wednesday, July 29

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OMG: Students who own pets, remember! If your landlord gives you a lease saying you can't have a pet on the premises, sign and bring your pet anyway. Under Section 14 of the Ontario Residential Tenancies Act, a lease can't restrict pets, so those requirements aren't worth the paper they're printed on.

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  1. While this is true, you can still be held liable for any damage your pet causes, noise complaints, etc. And your landlord can make life difficult for you if you are going against their wishes. That is why it is always best to try and talk to the landlord first, rather than piss them off by going behind their back.

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    1. Well, yeah, obviously.

      I just think it's sad - an absurd number of pets get left behind like furniture every year, because the residence the owner is moving to "doesn't allow animals," and the owner doesn't realize they have a legal right to own and keep a pet on the premises (regardless of their landlord's wishes).

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  2. It'll come to bite you back in the ass when they decided to increase your rent.

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    1. There are (very strict) laws about how much they can do that, too. They can't just suddenly announce it's doubled, starting next month.

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    2. lol try telling that to Feds and Imprint.

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  3. Rent controls only apply to old buildings. New buildings (anything built after 1998 and some older ones) are not subject to rent controls and can have the rent increased freely.

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    1. Untrue. All rental housing falls under the Tenant's Board and their regulations. Landlords (big companies included) can set the initial rent as they please but they can only increase it by a certain percentage each year.

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