Vancouver City Council recently passed a motion that calls for an end to “no pet” restrictions in rental housing contracts.
The motion, which was passed unanimously earlier this month, calls for City staff to look into mechanisms that the municipal government can use to “curb landlords’ rights to refuse rental on the basis of pet ownership.”
It also asks for Mayor Kennedy Stewart to reach out to the provincial government calling for an end to the “no pets” rules.
Councillors Jean Swanson and Pete Fry, who submitted the motion, argue that pets can ease isolation, which has been a growing issue amid the pandemic — especially among seniors, under-housed individuals, and people who live alone.
The BC SPCA also notes that policies like these are “the leading cause of surrender and abandonment for pets.”
There are some property owners who are upset by the motion, however, citing negative experiences caused by irresponsible pet owners or simply having allergies to certain animals.
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