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Do I need a guarantor or co-signer?

A guarantor or co-signer is someone who agrees to pay your rent for you in case you are not able to pay. This Settlement.org page explains that landlords are legally allowed to ask about your income and credit as well as landlord references, and it has links to websites with more information.

Available in:

English

Produced by:

Settlement.Org

Format:

Web

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

Justice Ontario

The Justice Ontario website has information on topics such as finding a lawyer, tickets and fines, lawsuits and disputes, family and criminal law, human rights, and wills and estates. A toll-free number gives access to legal information in over 170 languages.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

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

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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Rent increases

To increase a tenant’s rent, the landlord must follow the rules set by the Residential Tenancies Act. This booklet explains those rules. It also talks about agreements that a landlord and a tenant can make to increase the rent, rules about deposits and other charges, and steps tenants can take if they have paid an illegal rent or charge.

Available in:

English, Français, Korean

Format:

Booklet/PDF

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