Ontario Rental Agreement Laws

If your landlord does not provide you with a copy of your rental agreement or legal name and address within 21 days, you may refuse to pay your rent until you have received it. But once they have given you the agreement or the information, you have to pay all the rent you owe. If you do not pay, the owner can ask the landlord and the rental office to remove you. Once a source of confusion and legal discord between landlords and tenants, the ATR expressly gives landlords the right to increase rents. However, this right has a timetable and other restrictions. First, landlords are allowed to increase the amount of rent agreed only once over a 12-month period, depending on when the lease began or, if applicable, the last rent increase. Second, the rent increase caps are set annually by the Landlord and Tenant Board of Ontario (LTB) on a percentage basis. Based on the Ontario Consumer Price Index, LTB set the 2019 price at 1.8%. In 2020, the directive on rent increases will be set at 2.2%. The tenancy agreement can be renewed or renewed if the landlord and tenant agree, either under the same conditions or under different conditions. If both parties fail to agree on this issue, the lease will automatically be converted into months to months at the end of the fixed term, if the tenant pays a monthly rent; or week-to-week rent if the tenant pays rent each week. If you are applying to rent a place, you and the owner can discuss repairs, upgrades or agreements regarding certain fees.

You should make sure these things are written in your lease. North Bay LIPI – Low Income People Involvement of Nipissing – offers a rental bank to those who, due to an emergency or other unforeseen circumstances, are late for short-term or forced rentals. 127 Main Street East North Bay, ON P1B 1A9 Tel: 705-472-1337 Fax: 705-472-4454 Email: lipi@cogeco.net www.lipinipissing.com/ You cannot write your own lease. You must use the rental agreement and provide a copy to your tenants within 21 days of signing. The rental agreement must contain all the information required by law and it cannot contain or require anything that is not supported by the Housing Act. If you try to include a rule or requirement that is against the law, the landlord and tenant council will not apply it, and your tenant will not be required to follow them. When your tenant moves in, be sure to provide the “Information for New Tenants” brochure, which describes the relationship between landlords and tenants and how the landlord and tenant can support. Rental situations in which the ATR does not apply are often covered by Ontario laws governing licensing relationships, which can be very complicated and generally offer less legal protection to landlords – and their tenants – than the ATR.

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