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Renovate Right – Information for Tenants

If your building manager or landlord is planning energy efficiency upgrades or other renovations to your home, become involved. This page lists things to keep in mind/questions to ask about the work to be done, referrals to sites that have information for tenants, and programs that are available for tenants to obtain energy efficiency upgrades.

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2013

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Seven Steps to Solving Tenancy Problems

This guide lists seven steps to help you recognize and deal with tenancy problems. Examples show how each step can be used. The seven steps are:

  • Discover your problem
  • Know your rights
  • Know what you want
  • Know who to speak to
  • Communicate clearly
  • Be organized
  • Know when to get help

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2013

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Tenant Bankruptcy

This Landlord's Self-Help Centre fact sheet looks at issues such as what happens when a tenant declares bankruptcy, how a landlord becomes aware of a tenant bankruptcy, and what happens if a landlord has served a notice to terminate a tenancy for non-payment of rent and the tenant assigns into bankruptcy.

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2013

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Tenants’ Belongings

This podcast, presented by the Landlord's Self-Help Centre, is a discussion of what happens to tenants' belongings left behind when a tenant leaves a rental unit. Three situations are discussed: what happens to belongings when a unit is vacated after notice has been given; when a rental unit is abandoned; and when a tenant dies.

Available in:

English

Format:

Audio

Produced/Updated In:

2013

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Cats and Dogs: How Many Are Allowed?

This article for tenants and landlords in Ontario is written Ottawa lawyer Michael Thiele and covers the issue of the ownership of pets and residential tenancy law.

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2012

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Human Rights Legal Support Centre newsletter: Focus on housing

The Fall/Winter 2012 issue of the Human Rights Legal Support Centre newsletter is devoted to housing. Articles include:

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Newsletter

Produced/Updated In:

2012

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The ‘In and Out’ of Evictions

Getting evicted from a home is never pleasant. This webinar, intended for community workers, gives information on how to advise clients who are dealing with eviction. The webinar looks at who is a tenant, what tenants face when they receive an eviction notice, and the role of the Landlord and Tenant Board. Recorded on June 13, 2012.

Available in:

English

Format:

Audio, Booklet/PDF, Presentation materials, Video

Produced/Updated In:

2012

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Eviction in the winter months

Although some people believe evictions cannot take place during the winter months, a landlord can evict a tenant anytime if the reasons for the eviction fall under the Residential Tenancies Act and by following the eviction procedures as set out in the Act. This resource explains those procedures.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2011

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Human rights for tenants (brochure)

This brochure covers these topics as they affect tenants:

Available in:

English, Français, Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Punjabi, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog/Filipino, Tamil, Vietnamese

Format:

Booklet/PDF, Web

Produced/Updated In:

2011

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Landlord and Tenant Board Mock Hearing Scenario

Designed for grade 11 and 12 students and their teachers, these mock hearing materials provide information about landlord and tenant law and the Landlord and Tenant Board.

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2011