Pet ownership comes with many benefits. Pets are great friends that help their owners manage stress and ward off feelings of loneliness and anxiety. They are also known to create plenty of opportunities for exercise, outdoor activities, and socialization. As a result, renters with pets are often happier, more outgoing, and they tend to stick around longer. However, those who are still searching for a home may come across a few challenges, on account of their furry family member.

Unfortunately, not all Toronto rentals can accommodate pets, even though pet-friendly apartments are in high demand. When pet owners do get lucky and find the perfect apartment, they put in extra effort to give their companion animals a good, stable home.

Here's a quick look at a few reasons why pet owners deserve the best apartments in Toronto.

They are more likely to stay long-term.

Pet owners tend to have a general preference for a longer tenure as they keep in mind the comfort and security of their animals. They also understand just how difficult it is to look for a well-maintained pet-friendly apartment with amenities and comforts similar to 200 Balliol and other Greenwin rentals.

They are more likely to be stable tenants.

Responsible pet owners play an active role in their pets' lives; so much so that they put a good amount of time and attention into becoming experts in their pets' day-to-day routines, food, toys, and favourite activities. When a pet owner is perfectly capable of providing for their furry friends, it's a good indicator that they are responsible and will handle their renter responsibilities with the same energy and consistency.

They help create a sense of community.

No matter if it's a Toronto penthouse or a modest 1 bedroom apartment—homes that open their doors to pets enjoy more opportunities for social interaction. 

Good pets are great conversation starters and often play a role in creating healthy, neighbourly relations among residents. Having them around adds value to the lives of their owners and the lucky neighbours that get to spend time with them.

There are many pet owners searching for apartments in Toronto.

According to the Canadian Animal Health Institute, the number of dogs in Canadian households increased from 7.6 million in 2016 to 8.2 million in 2018. Roughly 41% of households have at least one dog while 38% have at least one cat. As this trend continues to grow, so will the demand for pet-friendly homes. Apartments that open their doors to pets will naturally have a larger pool of potential renters and enjoy lower vacancy rates than rentals that aren't as accommodating.

The Bottom Line

There's nothing more rewarding for a pet owner than to have a place both themselves and their pet can truly call home. 

Of course, living with a cat or dog in an apartment building also comes with some challenges. Whether you've found an apartment or are still searching, it may be a good idea to brush up on some apartment "petiquette."