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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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Administrative Justice Support Network

A project of Community Living Ontario, the Administrative Justice Support Network supports people who are making an appeal before an administrative board or tribunal whether or not they have legal representation. There is information on Special Education, School Expulsions, Landlord & Tenant, CCAC Appeals, and more.

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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I got an eviction order because I owe rent. If I pay, can I stop the Sheriff from coming?

This tip sheet explains what happens if you are to be evicted because you owe rent. It looks at what happens if you pay the rent on or before the termination date on the eviction notice, and what happens if you pay after the termination date but before the Sheriff comes. It also gives links to further information and help.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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Information About Applications for a Rent Increase Above the Guideline

Under certain circumstances a landlord can apply to the Landlord and Tenant Board for a rent increase that is above the guideline amount.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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Information for New Tenants

Landlords must provide the information in this resource to new tenants on or before the tenancy begins. Topics include the role of the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB), rights and responsibilities of landlords, and rights and responsibilities of tenants.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF, Web

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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Maintenance and Repairs – Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB)

This brochure looks at the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) rules about the maintenance and repair of rental properties. It includes information on landlord responsibilities, remedies available to tenants, tenant responsibilities, and remedies available to landlords. 

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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My landlord wants to evict me because I owe rent

Topics covered by this tip sheet include:

  • Can my landlord evict me because I owe rent?
  • Must I move out by the termination date?
  • My landlord gave me a Notice of Hearing. Can I settle my case before the hearing?
  • What is a payment plan?
  • Where can I get help or more information?
  • Payment plan worksheet
     

Available in:

English, Français

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