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Ask the Lawyer: Reader worried about python snake in condo

Reader Question

I’m worried because I have a ball python and my neighbour found out and I know she’s not happy. She said she was going to complain to management. I tried not to let anyone know because I know how people think about my pet. People who don’t have snakes don’t understand how great they are as pets. I own my condo and we allow pets but I’m pretty sure people will be uptight. What are my rights?” N.G.

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Lawyer Richard Hoffman Answers

According to the reader, the condo corporation permits pets. I assume that means without restrictions. In other words, condos may only allow pets that are cats, dogs or fish and exclude all others. However, if in this case there is no restriction, then as long as the owner has a pet that is permitted by the City of Toronto and this pet does not pose a danger or create a nuisance then the owner has nothing to worry about and can keep the pet. The neighbour can complain but there is nothing the condo can do.

Important Note

This reader did not specify city. If the city is Toronto, for example, as Richard Hoffman specified, there are prohibited animals, identified in Schedule A of the Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 349. (See attached image.) This would include a ball python if the snake is OVER 3 metres only. Pythons are not venomous, but it’s worth noting all venomous animals of any kind are prohibited. 

 

Schedule A, one page only, for Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 349 dealing with prohibited animals, which include all venomous animals and snakes over 3 metres in length.

 

RICHARD P. HOFFMAN

Richard Hoffman is a member of DelZotto, Zorzi LLP, since 1992, practicing in the area of condominium law.

Richard Hoffman has been a member of DelZotto, Zorzi LLP since 1992, practicing in the area of condominium law. He has represented condominium corporations and unit owners through all stages of the litigation process and at all levels of Ontario Courts (Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court and Court of Appeal). He is well experienced in handling all types of condominium litigation, from applications to enforcing compliance with declarations, by-laws or rules, to handling multi-million dollar claims for budget misrepresentation. He has also advised condominium corporations of various sizes on all facets of condominium law.

Richard is presently a member of the Canadian Condominium Institute and regularly lectures on contract and agency law in the condominium context at Humber College, as well, he is a regular contributor to various condominium magazines and has contributed to the condominium section of the Toronto Star.

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