Here you’ll find several property management industry questions. Through the years we have several work around solutions for many problems. We have over 15 years of experience. We’ve seen everything and we’ve been through every type of scenario you could imagine.
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FAQ: The RTA has five different sets of rules about this. In some cases, the landlord can sell, keep or throw away property the tenant left behind. In other cases, the landlord has to store the property so the tenant can come pick it up.
Which rules apply depends on how, when and why the tenant moved out. If the landlord does not follow the rules, they may be held liable for the loss. For more information, see the brochure: Property Left behind When a Tenant Moves Out.
The landlord should make an effort to contact the tenant (by writing or calling the tenant, for example) to determine if they have left the unit.
If the landlord believes that the tenant has abandoned the rental unit, then the landlord can apply to the LTB for an order ending the tenancy by filing an Application to Terminate a Tenancy and Evict a Tenant https://erektile-apotheke.de/. This application is not mandatory, but if the landlord re-rents the unit without having the LTB confirm that it is abandoned, a tenant who hasn’t abandoned the unit could take legal action against the landlord.
FAQ: Yes, but only if the building has 1-3 units and the person buying the building needs the rental unit for:
Once the landlord gives the tenant a notice terminating the tenancy for one of these reasons, they can apply to the LTB for an order evicting the tenant. The tenant can only be evicted if the LTB issues an eviction order.
FAQ: Yes, a tenant can be evicted if a landlord requires the unit for:
Once the landlord gives the tenant a notice terminating the tenancy for one of these reasons, they can apply to the LTB for an order evicting the tenant. However, a tenant can only be evicted at the end of their tenancy and only if the LTB issues an eviction order.
A tenant can be evicted for having a pet in their unit only if:
This is true even if the tenancy agreement has a “no pets” rule.
A landlord can evict a tenant in the middle of their tenancy agreement in certain situations– usually where the tenant or someone the tenant let into their building, has done something wrong. For example, the tenant has not paid their rent or has damaged the rental property.
The reasons for evicting a tenant are explained in the brochure: A Guide to the Residential Tenancies Act.
Yes. There is nothing in the RTA that prevents a tenant from being evicted during the winter.
In most situations, before a landlord can apply to the LTB to evict the tenant, they must first give the tenant a notice of termination that tells the tenant the reason the landlord wants to evict them. For some termination notices, the landlord must wait a specific number of days to see if the tenant corrects the problem before they can file an application with the LTB. The number of days the tenant has to correct the problem is included in the notice.
If the tenant does not correct the problem and/or does not move out, the landlord can file an application with the LTB. In most situations a hearing will be scheduled. At the hearing, the member listens to the landlord and the tenant and then makes a decision.
If an eviction order is issued, it tells the tenant when they must be out of the unit. If they do not move out, then the landlord can file this order with the Court Enforcement Office (also called the Sheriff). Only the Court Enforcement Office can evict a tenant.
Section 26 provides that a landlord may enter the rental unit without notice:
A landlord may not enter the rental unit without notice to perform repairs even where the tenant has requested the repairs unless the landlord obtains the tenant’s consent to enter the unit at the time the landlord goes to the unit to make the repairs.
Section 27 provides that a landlord may enter a rental unit in accordance with written notice given to the tenant at least 24 hours before the time of entry in the following circumstances:
No. A landlord cannot collect a damage deposit to pay for damage done to the unit. Also, a landlord cannot use the last month’s rent deposit to cover damages in the unit. The rent deposit can only be used for last month’s rent before the tenancy ends.
If the landlord finds that a tenant has damaged the unit or caused damage to the building, the landlord can give the tenant a notice of termination and/or ask them to pay for the damages. If the tenant doesn’t pay, the landlord can apply to have the LTB determine if there are damages and what should be done about them.
A tenant does not have to pay for new keys when the landlord decides to replace the lock with a new one, but the landlord may ask for a refundable deposit for the new keys.
The landlord can charge a tenant for additional keys that the tenant requests (for example, if the tenant wants an extra key or if the tenant has lost their key), but the charge cannot be more than the actual cost of the keys.
The landlord must pay the tenant interest on the rent deposit every 12 months. The percent interest is the same as the rent increase guideline that is in effect when the interest payment is due. The guideline is set each year by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
If the landlord does not pay the interest owed to the tenant when it is due, the tenant can:
Instead of paying the tenant the interest, the landlord can reduce the amount needed to update the rent deposit (so that it equals the current rent) by the amount of interest owed.
If a tenant does not pay rent on the date that it is due, the landlord can give the tenant a Notice to End a Tenancy Early for Non-payment of Rent the day after the rent was due. If a tenant pays rent monthly, this notice gives the tenant 14 days to pay the rent due or to move out. If the rent is not paid, and the tenant does not move, the landlord can apply to the LTB for an order that:
If a tenant is often late with the rent, the landlord can give a Notice to Terminate a Tenancy at the End of Term. Daily or weekly tenants must be given notice 28 days before the end of their lease or rental period. In all other cases, the tenant must be given notice 60 days before the end of their lease or rental period.
The landlord can apply to the LTB for an order evicting the tenant right after giving the tenant the Notice to Terminate a Tenancy at the End of Term. A hearing will be held and both sides will have a chance to give their side of the story.
For more information, see the brochure: If a Tenant Does Not Pay Rent.
Rent is considered late if it is not paid by the day that it is due. For example, if the rent is due on the first day of the month and it is not paid by that day, it is late.
A landlord has to give a tenant receipts for rent or any payment or deposit if the tenant asks for them. This includes payment of rent arrears. The landlord cannot charge for this receipt. Landlords also have to give rent receipts to former tenants during the first year after their tenancy ends.
What information has to be in a rent receipt?
A rent receipt must include:
Yes. The landlord must give the tenant written notice of rent increase at least 90 days before the day the rent increase starts. The notice must tell the tenant how much the new rent will be and when to begin paying the new rent. If the tenant thinks that the new rent is too high, the tenant can give the landlord written notice of termination and move out before the rent increase begins.
A landlord can apply to the LTB to approve a rent increase above the guideline for any of the following reasons:
The terms “extraordinary” and “capital expenditures” are defined in the brochure: Information about Applications for a Rent Increase above the Guideline.
In most cases, a landlord can usually only increase a tenant’s rent by the guideline set each year by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. See the brochure: http://www.sjto.gov.on.ca/documents/ltb/Brochures/2019%20Rent%20Increase%20Guideline%20(EN).html However, there is no limit on the amount of a rent increase for rental buildings first occupied for residential purposes on or after November 1, 1991.
The landlord can increase the rent once every 12 months. The landlord has to give the tenant a 90 day written notice of the increase. There are some exemptions to these rules, for example tenants paying rent-geared-to-income in a social housing unit.
Yes. A landlord can collect a rent deposit as long as they ask for it on or before the day that the landlord and tenant enter into the tenancy agreement.
The rent deposit cannot equal more than one month’s rent or the rent for one rental period, whichever is less. For example, if rent payments are made weekly, the deposit cannot be more than one week’s rent; if rent payments are made monthly, the deposit cannot be more than one month’s rent.
The rent deposit must be used for the rent for the last month before the tenancy ends. It cannot be used for anything else, such as to pay for damages.
A landlord must give all new tenants the brochure: Information for New Tenants, which includes information about the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants, the role of the LTB and how to contact the LTB. The landlord must give the tenant the brochure on or before the day the tenancy begins, even if the tenant does not move in on that date.
The landlord has 21 days after the tenant has signed and returned the tenancy agreement to give the tenant a copy with the signatures of both the tenant and the landlord.
Where there is no written tenancy agreement, the landlord must provide the tenant with his or her legal name and address within 21 days of the start of the tenancy.
If the landlord does not give the tenant a copy of the signed tenancy agreement within 21 days or, if there is no written agreement and the landlord doesn’t provide the tenant with their legal name and address within 21 days, the tenant can refuse to pay some or all the rent. However, once the landlord provides the tenant with the document(s), the tenant must immediately pay all the rent that they withheld. If the tenant refuses, the landlord could apply to evict the tenant for non-payment of rent.
A tenancy agreement must give the legal name and address of the landlord so that the tenant knows where to send any notices or documents that are required under the RTA.
A tenancy agreement may also contain information about:
Any parts of the agreement that are contrary to the Residential Tenancies Act will not be valid.
The LTB cannot tell you what information should be included or how to draft a tenancy agreement. The landlord and tenant need to make this decision. You might want to get legal help before signing or drafting an agreement.
A tenancy agreement (also called a lease) is a contract between a landlord and tenant. In the contract, the tenant agrees to pay rent to live in a rental unit provided by the landlord. The landlord and tenant may also promise to do certain things for each other and to follow certain rules.
A tenancy agreement can be oral or written, but it is better to have a written agreement in case there is a dispute.
For care home rental arrangements, a written rental agreement is required. To find out what needs to be included in a care home agreement, see the brochure: Care Homes.
Yes. A landlord can ask the person applying for the rental unit to provide information such as: current residence, rental history, employment history, references and income information. However, Regulation 290/98 of the Human Rights Code has rules that landlords must follow when asking for information about the income of a prospective tenant.