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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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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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Air-Conditioners and The Law

This is information from the Federation of Metro Tenants’ Associations on some of the issues that might arise between and landlords and tenants about air conditioners. 

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2017

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The Renter’s Toolkit: Finding and Keeping a Home

This is a step-by-step guide to finding a home that’s affordable for you, securing it, and staying housed until you are ready to move on. Each phase includes printable and fillable worksheets to guide your through the process.

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2017

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Care homes

The Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) applies to most residential rental units, including those in care homes. Care homes are covered by most of the same rules that apply to other types of residential rental units, but there are some rules in the RTA that apply only to care homes. This brochure has information about the rules in the RTA that apply only to care homes. Topics covered are:

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2016

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The Residential Tenancies Act Offences

This pamphlet sets out what the offences are, how to report an offence, whom to contact, and what the available remedies are.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2016

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Checklist – Before Renting An Apartment

This list has items you should be sure to check on before renting an apartment. It includes apartment information, landlord information, what services are included in the rent, lease/last month arrangements, general information such as smoking or non-smoking, stove and fridge, water quality, heating, doors and windows, plumbing, and lighting

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2015

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Landlord and Tenant Board Frequently Asked Questions

This web page includes links to frequently asked questions and brochures on these topics:

  • When to Apply to the LTB
  • Starting a Tenancy
  • Rent
  • Rent Deposits and Other Charges
  • Maintenance and Repair
  • Entering a Tenant’s Unit
  • Ending a Tenancy

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2015

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Ontario’s Condo Guide

Produced by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, this website includes links to these topics:

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2015

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Legal Health Check-Up

Halton Community Legal Services has created a online check-up to help people who are living in poverty so they can identify legal problems and get help. Users answer questions on their income, housing, education, employment, and family, social, and health supports, and then are offered options about getting further help. All answers are kept confidential.

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2014