It can be hard to find an affordable place to live in Canada, especially if you are a pet owner. Landlords tend to prefer tenants without pets and a new poll conducted by Angus Reid shows the majority of Canadians agree that landlords have the right prohibit animals.
The online poll, which surveyed 5,413 Canadian adults between December 7 to 14, 2017, found that 63% of Canadians believe landlords should be able to refuse to rent their properties to pet owners.
When broken down, the percentage of Canadians with this view drops to 50% among renters.
In Canada’s biggest cities, where rental markets are highly competitive, the majority of those surveyed (54% in Montreal, 61% in Metro Vancouver, and 62% in the GTA) agree that landlords should have the right to refuse their property to pet owners.
The lack of pet-friendly rental stock in BC has become a prominent issue, as over 1,700 pets were recently surrendered to the BCSPCA due to pet restrictions on rental housing.
The survey also found that respondents’ current living situations impacted their views.
The majority (71%) of respondents who are homeowners support the right of landlords to refuse to rent to people with pets and those who currently rent are much more divided on the topic.