It’s the Law ! (an intro)


Many people, both landlords and tenants, get a little confused sometimes about where the rules that apply to rental properties actually reside in the province of Ontario.

So in order to just shed some light on a few of the frequently asked questions, we thought it would be best to help answer those questions in a few of our blog updates.

In Ontario, the rental of residential properties falls under the Residential Tenancies Act  (RTA), and are interpreted and enforced by the Landlord and Tenant Board (part of Ontario’s social justice tribunals cluster).

The representatives of the board for the purpose of hearings are considered “Members” and are non elected representatives.  These individuals are appointed to listen to tribunal cases and then interpret the facts that they are presented with and apply the Residential Tenancies Act to those facts.  They are not judges, and as such they have varying interpretations of the act.

The Residential Tenancies Act, does not apply to the following:

  • Room rentals within your personal property
  • Commercial rentals
  • Hotel room rentals
  • Rent to own agreements
  • Storage rentals
  • The legal status of an apartment (basement Unit)

Looking forward we will discuss some of the following topics;

  • Rent increases
  • No Pets allowed
  • Security Deposits
  • Subletting
  • Notices for landlords and tenants
  • Applications to the board
  • Hearings process
  • Eviction process
  • Advertising and screening of tenants (Ontario Human Rights Act)

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