My oldest has been told she can only have ONE pet as of May...

Janet - posted on 02/17/2011 ( 19 moms have responded )

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She has two cats and a dog. Their apt. is gonna' start being federally funded and they've been told they have to get rid of two pets or move out (which no one can afford). HOW can the government tear apart their family? Is there anyway around it?

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It's a very sad situation indeed. But in the end rules are rules and this chalks up to one of life's lessons. I agree with the post above when the advice was pretty clear: "when we take government assistance we no longer make the rules". Knowing this policy does give your daughter time to seek housing elsewhere that might allow her to keep all of her pets. Perhaps finding a roommate even to cut down on expenses. Or it gives her the time she needs to rehome her pets to the right people. IMO, if she is fortunate enough to be living in a ferderally funded home, then she shouldn't do anything to jeopardize that living arrangement. If she tried to be sneaky and keep her pets, it could result in her eviction. Sometimes following the rules are hard, especially as adults who should know better.

Angie - posted on 02/19/2011

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This is really sad. When the government steps in and funds things, they make the rules. Are the rules in place to cut down on pet damage or to keep the building a healthier place for other residents? If it’s a matter of damages, can they pay higher rent or make a larger damage deposit to cover any damages that the animals might cause? Since she doesn’t live with you can you take the other 2 pets so they can still be a part of her life? Can a relative take them? Maybe she can send them to someone else but offer to pay all the animal’s expenses since they are paying for them now anyway. If none of these are options it sounds like she's going to need to start making some really difficult decisions. She has a few months to decide who she will not be able to keep. I don't know how old she is, and it seems very cruel, but this is a teachable moment. Sometimes life is horrible and certainly not fair, but when we take government assistance we no longer make the rules. Good luck.

Krista - posted on 02/18/2011

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First of all, ladies, simmer down. I don't want to lock this thread.

Secondly, can your oldest check with her local residential tenancies board to see what her rights are with regards to this? It does seem rather heartless of them to tell people to get rid of their pets, instead of just grandfathering those people in and instituting the new rule for new tenants.

So yeah, she needs to do her homework and consult with her local housing association or residential tenancies board to see what she CAN do about this.

I definitely wouldn't recommend just hiding the animals, however -- that's a good way to get evicted, and then they'd really be in a pickle.

Stifler's - posted on 02/17/2011

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How can it be illegal? If I was renting a house out to someone and said no pets, I meant no pets.

Bonnie - posted on 02/17/2011

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I'm not sure if they can legally do that when a tenant has already been living there. For new tenants, yes, yes they can make that rule, but i've never heard of it for current tenants.

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Amanda_sharbot_1991 - posted on 02/19/2011

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Last time I read the law of the landlords board and tentant act. No one can make you get rid of any pet unless if they are causing problems for other people. But if your pets aren't doing any harm and aren't bugging anyone you don't have to get rid of them. Cause according to the law a pet is a companion and no one can take that from you. I know this cause I live in an apartment that clearly states no pets on the contract and I ended up getting 2 cats anyways. They tried to tell me to get rid of them or I'd be evicted but it turned out no matter what my contract stated I didn't have to get rid of them because of the law. So they can't do anything about it. And I still live in the apartment today with my 2 cats

Bonnie - posted on 02/18/2011

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It sounds weird to me. It's kind of like saying we are increasing the rent for all new tenants, they will be paying $900 a month so any current tenant's rent will be increased to $900 a month as well even if they have only been paying $800 because they have been living there for a few years. They can't do that.

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I say they should keep them until they absolutely have to get rid of them. They were already given the ok to keep them I think they should be able too.
If they are living in the States I would think at least the dog is registered with the town. Where I live it is the law and if your dog is not registered you get fined.The authorities or who ever will be in charge of turning people in can go to the town/city hall to see if the dog is registered and if it is they might have a leg to stand on in making at least the cats go.
This is all going to depend on the person performing the random inspections of the apt. My brothers girlfriend lives in subsidized housing. Only she and the kids are supposed to be there with no pets. He lives there and they have pets. And her mother is a maintenance manager there and performs the inspections. She never tells anyone they have to get rid of their pets unless they are destroying the apt.
So your family may be able to keep their pets without any issue.

Nikki - posted on 02/18/2011

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FYI Janet, you can't click helpful for your own post.
It's sad, maybe they need to ring the housing department, or whatever it's called where you live and discuss the problem with them.

Stifler's - posted on 02/18/2011

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Why would I sit here and say they can't do this... when they can. If the government says 1 pet, it means 1 pet. Why would I give a flying fuck about "getting my numbers up"..... take a chill pill.

Janet - posted on 02/17/2011

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Emma, no one ever said NO PETS! I not only do NOT find your post helpful but I would delete it if I could... musta' been yourself clickin' "Helpful" too. Nothing like posting ANYTHING just to get your numbers up.
THAT is NOT what this site is about!

Janet - posted on 02/17/2011

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Ok, let me get one thing straight, THEY HAVE BEEN ALLOWED PETS for over a year... their "family" is established and WAS accepted! NOW they want to tear them apart!

They have always had funding for their place, it WAS the county and will now change to federal funding.

If it was as easy as someone to take them in, it wouldn't be a problem... THAT's why I came here looking for help.

Amber - posted on 02/17/2011

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I would assume that the reason the rules are changing is because the apartment will now be federally funded and it must be their rules for some reason.
I would try to find a neighbor or friend to keep the animals. If she is getting government funding, I wouldn't want to risk losing it for a pet.
It's a miserable situation though :-(

Elfrieda - posted on 02/17/2011

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In Ontario it's illegal to evict tenants because of pets unless the pets are being a nuisance. Even if the lease agreement says "no pets", if the tenant brings in pets there's nothing the landlord can do about it. Maybe the same rule applies where your daughter lives. Check it out.

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I had to let my ex keep my cat cuz I knew the chances of me getting into a place that allows pets would be extremely slim. It royally sucked, but having a home for my kids was more important.

I don't know if there is a legal way around it or not. She 'could' try and hide them, but then she risks being evicted if she gets found out. Does she know of anyone who could give the pets a good home?

Firebird - posted on 02/17/2011

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I suppose it depends on the country/province/state you live in. When I was living in Alberta the apt we rented was pet free. Except for someone who lived on the top floor, because she was there with her cats before that rule, the landlord had to let her keep them.

Hayley - posted on 02/17/2011

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I know its not the best advice but if she's desperate to keep them like I was she may feel its worth it. Wish her luck...

Hayley - posted on 02/17/2011

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well if she had decent neighbours that wouldn't report her she could try just keeping them anyway. If they do suspect anything she could just say that one cat is hers...the other cat belongs to a neighbour and pops in from time to time because cats do what the hell they like and the dog belongs to a relative who was visiting.
I did this for years and although I reckon they didn't believe me, they couldn't prove it any other way so I was left alone.
Other than that, there isn't anything else you can do about it I'm afraid :(

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