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Landlord Tenant Rights FAQ
How Much Notice Do I Need to Give to Exit My Lease?
On a year-long lease, you need to give 60 days notice before you exit.
Am I Allowed to Have Pets?
Yes! As long as it’s not stated anywhere in your lease, you are allowed your furry companions. Even if your lease agreement states no pets, you can’t be evicted for having a pet as long as they aren’t causing a problem or are inherently dangerous. So train your dragons to be vegetarians and you’re all set.
Are Landlords Allowed to Increase My Rent?
Unfortunately, yes. The good news is that they can only raise it once every 12 months.
Who’s Responsible for Repair and Upkeep of My Home?
Your landlord must keep your property in a good state of repair. That includes anything to with the electricity, plumbing and heating systems, your windows, doors, locks, and lighting. The only repair you as a tenant are responsible for is damage you’ve caused. So maybe take that game of catch outside, is all I’m saying.
Who’s Responsible for Snow Removal and Lawn care?
This should be specified in your lease. You may be responsible for cutting the lawn and shoveling the sidewalks in the winter if it says so in your lease, but you are not responsible for supplying the tools needed. Lawnmowers, shovels, and salt should all be supplied by your landlord. If there is nothing in your lease about who is responsible for shoveling snow/lawn care maintenance than it is your landlord’s responsibility.
When Is a Landlord Allowed to Enter my Home?
Your landlord must give you written notice at least 24 hours before they drop by. Generally, they’d be stopping by to do repair work, or carry out a general inspection.
Am I allowed to Change the Locks in my Home?
Yes, you are allowed to change the locks, but your landlord has to agree to it before you make the change.
I’m Taking a Semester Off School, Can I Sublet my Rental?
If want to save a little cash while you’re on your co-op term, but want to keep your place for next year, you are more than welcome to find a sublet to take your room for a semester or two. All you need to do is make your landlord aware that you’ve found a sublet – they don’t need to agree on your choice. But it might be good to make sure your roommates are good with it.
Can a Landlord Request a Damage or Key Deposit?
Yes, they can. The good news is that you can either get the money back or have it used toward your last month of rent. A damage deposit should only be requested if it will be used for your last month of rent. Key deposits can only be charged if it’s refundable when you move out of the home.
Other Helpful Resources
If you want to see your full rights as a tenant, you can see the full list of your rights here.
Landlord Tenant Board
In the GTA: 416-645-8080
Outside Toronto: 1-888-332-3234
Investigations & Enforcement Unit of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing
The Investigation and Enforcement Unit responds to complaints from landlords or tenants about alleged offences under the Residential Tenancies Act. Where compliance with the Act cannot be achieved, the Unit’s mandate extends to enforcement, which may involve formal investigations leading to prosecutions of alleged offenders in the Ontario Court of Justice
Toll free Phone Number: 1-888-772-9277
Directly Message the Ministry: http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page7030.aspx