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A Guide to the Residential Tenancies Act

The Residential Tenancies Act (the RTA) sets out the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants who rent residential properties in Ontario. A Guide to the Residential Tenancies Act provides a summary of this law and includes information about:

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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How a Tenant Can End Their Tenancy

This brochure has general information about Residential Tenancies Act rules on how a tenant can end their tenancy. Contents include:

  • About Tenancy Agreements
  • When the Tenant Wants to Move: General Rules
  • When the Tenant Wants to Move: Ending a Tenancy Agreement Early
  • Contact the Landlord and Tenant Board

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF, Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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I want to move out before the end of my rental agreement. What can I do?

In this tip sheet, Part 1 talks about what to do if you want to move out and end your tenancy. Part 2 explains what to do if you want to move out for a while and then return to live in the place you rent. Part 3 tells you where to get help and more information.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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Landlord Learning Videos

The video series offers information to Ontario’s small-scale landlord community on a variety of topics and issues. They cover topics such as smoking, second suites, finding a tenant, ending a tenancy, eviction, bedbugs, and more.

The videos were produced by Landlord’s Self-Help Centre with funding provided by Legal Aid Ontario.

Available in:

English

Format:

Video, Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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Moving out

This booklet describes what tenants have to do if they want to move out, and what can happen if they do not follow the rules.

Available in:

English, Français, Korean

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2018

NewYouth.ca

Designed for young newcomers, this website provides settlement-related information. It is intended to give young newcomers a place to ask questions and receive information and referrals online from peers and professionals. NewYouth.ca can be found on Facebook, Twitter (@newcomeryouth), and YouTube (newcomeryouth).

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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Ontario’s Standard Lease

Starting April 30, 2018, landlords of most private residential rental units – from individual landlords to property management companies – must use the the standard lease template for all new leases.

Landlord and tenant rights and responsibilities remain the same under the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 (RTA).

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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Renting a place to live

This resource offers basic information to tenants about how much rent a landlord can charge, deposits and payments a tenant might have to make before moving in, and other rules landlords and tenants must follow. There is also information about discrimination, moving out, taking legal action if a landlord breaks the rules, and where to get help in many languages.

Available in:

English, Français, Arabic, Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Tamil, Urdu

Format:

Audio, Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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What tenants need to know about the law

This resource gives an overview of some of the most important aspects of the Residential Tenancies Act. Topics covered include rent increases, deposits and other charges, repairs and maintenance, discrimination, privacy, moving out, and eviction.

Available in:

English, Français, Korean

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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Can your landlord take your stuff?

This booklet explains what landlords can do with personal property that tenants leave behind when they move or are evicted. It describes when it is legal for a landlord to take a tenant’s belongings, what a landlord can do with the belongings of a tenant who dies, and what some of the rules are for a tenant who lives in a mobile or land lease home.

Available in:

English, Français, Korean

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2017