WTF is up with "no cats" clauses in apartment rental ads? Can they really do this?
I'm aware that under the Ontario Tenants Act, no pets clauses in leases are considered void.
I'm searching for an apartment right now, and most ads have "no pets" listed in them, though this cannot be legally enforced (unless the pet is dangerous or poses a health problem for someone else in the building.) But when I've called about ads, people are really insistent on this. Absolutely no cats.
It's getting ridiculous. I have cats, like a huge proportion of people in this city.
What is the best way to about handling this? It feels dishonest and uncomfortable to simply lie by omission, but it seems like I won't be able to find an apartment in my desired area if I even mention
More frustrating: the more expensive places are even stricter about this. I understand they want to protect their (expensive) property, but I also feel like if I'm paying a premium, I should at least be able to have a damn cat.
How do I deal with this? Lie? Argue? Not say anything? What have you done?