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What are Your Right as a Tenant – Renting in Ontario

Right as a tenant

As a tenant, do you know that you have your own right when it comes to renting eviction? 

What are the Eviction Rules 

Your landlords cannot just ask you to move out or evict you. Why? Because there are rules that they need to consider. Also, they need to give you a written notice using the form from Landlord and Tenant Board. This form will give the reason why you as a tenant is being evicted. 

Regardless of whether your property manager or landlord notify you and ask you to move out, you don’t have to do it. Your landowner should initially apply for and get an eviction request from the Landlord and Tenant Board. Remember that you have the right and privilege to clarify why you should not be evicted.

You are Protected from Wrongful Evictions

There are new guidelines under the Protecting Tenants and Strengthening Community Housing Act, 2020 and existing standards under the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 assistance to guarantee that tenants’ privileges are secured. 

Under the new law, the maximum fine for an offence under the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 has multiplied and can be doing: 

  • $50,000 for an individual
  • $250,000 for an enterprise or corporation

Being Evicted for Personal Use 

Your landlords should now give you the equivalent of one month’s rent, or offer you another unit on the off chance that they: 

  • need to use the actual unit for their own or their family
  • are selling the property and the buyer will utilize the actual unit 


Your property manager should likewise pay you if they evict you from your unit to: 

  • Repair
  • Renovate
  • Demolish the unit or property

They should give you the right of first refusal to move once again into the unit following the renovation. You should inform your landlord in a letter before you leave that you need them to offer you the unit when they complete the renovation. 

Under the new standards, if your property manager or landlord neglects to give you a right of first refusal, you will have two years, rather than one, to file a claim in Landlord and Tenant Board for consideration and compensation.

As a tenant, you have to do your own research and make sure that you know your rights when renting a property.

About Author

Julie Camacho, a product specialist of Mi Property Portal, an 𝐀𝐥𝐥-𝐢𝐧-𝐎𝐧𝐞 software that will streamline your entire residential property management business. This software is built for small to mid-sized Canadian property management companies, individual landlords, and investors.
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