For those who are renting (are tenants) here are some quick rights you have, which you may not know
- Landlord cannot refuse to rent to you because you are new comer to Canada or because you have children
- Landlord cannot ask you for a damage deposit and they cannot use your last months rent as a damage deposit
- Landlord can ask you for a key deposit as long as it is refundable
- Landlord cannot forbid you from having pets, unless the building has a rule against it
- Right to Privacy: landlord can only enter home for certain reasons. They must give you 24-hour written notice and can only enter between 8am to 8pm.
- Controlled rent increase: Rent can only be raised once in a 12-month period and it must be within legal limits
- Landlord must give you 60 days’ notice from the end of the lease date to ask you to vacate the property
- Documents: You have a right to a written copy of your tenancy agreement, written notice of your landlord’s legal name and address and rent receipts.
If you feel your Landlord has violated your rights or conditions of the lease agreement you can use these forms to file a motion with the Landlord and Tenants board: http://www.sjto.gov.on.ca/ltb/help-for-tenants/