Renting in Ontario

By: Sameer Ansari

Renting in Ontario

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Information on Tenants and Landlord Laws in Ontario

Over the years I have helped many clients with finding a rental property. I have also helped many people find answers to questions they had about their existing rental situation. This blog is aimed at creating a resource for tenants to know what their rights are, and for landlords to know what to expect with leasing their property to tenants. I have listed some important information below, followed by links to websites where you can find more details. As always, you may contact me if you have any questions or are looking to rent, or find a tenant.

 

Did you know:

 

Rent Freeze in 2021:

 

The Government of Ontario has passed legislation to freeze rent at 2020 levels. This means that rents will not increase in 2021 for the vast majority of rented units covered under the Residential Tenancies Act.

 

Residential Tenancy Agreement:

 

As per Residential Tenancy Act, If the landlord fails to use the prescribed form of tenancy agreement (residential tenancy agreement) within 21 days after a tenant has made a request in writing. The tenant may:

- withhold a maximum of one month's rent or

- give 60 days's notice to terminate a yearly or fixed-term tenancy early.

 

As per Residential Tenancy Act, if the landlord fails to use the prescribed form of tenancy agreement (residential tenancy agreement) within 30 days after a tenant has made a request in writing. 

The tenant does not:

- have to repay the one month's rent that was held.

 

Resources:

 

Renting in Ontario: Your rights

Solve a disagreement with your landlord or tenant

Guide to Ontario’s standard lease

Residential rent increases

Landlord & Tenant Board (LTB)