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Toronto condo owners barking mad over proposed pet ban

The ban would allow residents to keep current dogs and cats but not bring new ones in.

A proposed ban on pets for new residents of two CityPlace condo towers has divided the downtown community. “I’m not 100 per cent sure I support a ban,” said Laura Bortolusso-Welch, out walking her dog, Jazz, on Wednesday.

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A proposed ban on pets for new residents of two CityPlace condo towers has divided the downtown community. “I’m not 100 per cent sure I support a ban,” said Laura Bortolusso-Welch, out walking her dog, Jazz, on Wednesday.

A condo board proposal to ban pets in their buildings has left some CityPlace residents barking mad.

“I think it’s just outrageous,” said dog owner Prasanthy Kudrati, who lives at 3 Navy Wharf Court.

Krudrati said her building and 5 Mariner Terrace are governed by the same condo board, which is proposing a ban on pets.

Under the proposed rules, Kudrati said existing owners would be able to keep their animals, but new residents would be barred from owning dogs or cats.

Service animals under 25 pounds would still be permitted, she said.

The president of the condo board did not return Metro’s request for comment Wednesday.

A petition against the ban is currently posted at the concierges for both buildings. If 15 per cent of owners sign the petition, the condo board won’t be allowed to implement the change without a majority vote.

Gary Pieters, president of the CityPlace Residents Association, said he’s not taking sides but called for a “transparent discussion” on the issue.

In dense, vertical neighbourhoods with limited green space, Pieters said tensions between animal owners and other tenants are bound to pop up. He said he’s received complaints about dogs defecating in shared areas and being left unattended on balconies.

“But that is not the rule it’s the exception, it’s not an epidemic,” he said.

Condo lawyer Denise Lash said the blanket ban on pets may not even be legally enforceable, as it wasn’t contained in the condos’ original declaration.

It would also leave renters in a tight spot, Lash said.

The Landlord and Tenant Act explicitly states tenants cannot be barred from owning pets, but Lash said tenants are also obligated to comply with the condo board’s rules.

“Renters really can’t do anything, they have to communicate through their owner,” Lash said.

With files from Liz Beddall

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