What are your obligations as a tenant in Canada

…and what are the landlord’s obligations to you

“You know Manoj, I was talking to a colleague at work today, and she said that she and her husband moved into their apartment and were happy until about a month into it and then they started having issues with their landlord. She was quite upset” said Shalini as she prepared dinner. Continue reading

What to do in the event of a dispute with your landlord

Sources to help you with a dispute

Although we do our best to avoid it, sometimes it just happens that we find ourselves in a dispute.  Regardless of who is at fault, the question is how to handle it when it does.

As Manoj was reviewing the contents of the Landlord Tenant Board web site, he noticed the forms were very specific depending on the circumstances.  “There are so many different forms here, you really need to know which to use and how to deliver the notice. Continue reading

Obligations of tenants and landlords in Canada

Each province has its own legislation covering Landlord and Tenant issues.  In Canada’s largest province, Ontario, it’s referred to as the “Residential Tenancies Act” and to help provide information on the Act and assist in the resolving of disputes between landlords and tenants, the “Landlord and Tenant Board” was formed. And with it a wonderfully helpful web site. Continue reading

What are your rights as a renter

Manoj just got off the phone with a friend who already lives in Canada and who was sharing his experience as a renter.  Sensing the end of the call Shalini asked, “So how do they like renting?” Manoj casually replied, “Well, they’ve had a good experience. Their landlord is nice and if they have any questions about their legal rights, there is a handy hotline number they can call for free advice and feel at ease.” Continue reading

What you need to know about the rental process in Canada

The major Canadian cities have low vacancy rates, typically 2% or less meaning that out of every 1,000 properties, 50 or less are available for rent or lease. This means that the nicer properties, in great locations, don’t last long and so to be competitive and improve your chances of successfully securing a place means in part, understanding the process so that you can act quickly and confidently. Continue reading