A Must to Do Before Commitment to a Long-term Accommodation

As a fresh newcomer arriving in Toronto for the first time and considering finding a home for yourself and/or your family, it is important to familiarize yourself with the laws and regulations in Toronto before entering into any rental agreements. Failing to do so can result in troublesome situations, strained relationships with landlords, or even falling victim to eviction notices without proper understanding.

By disregarding Toronto’s laws and regulations pertaining to rental properties, you risk encountering unnecessary difficulties and misunderstandings. It is crucial to educate yourself on your rights and responsibilities as a tenant, as well as the obligations and limitations of landlords in Toronto.Here are important factors you should know about eviction process:

  • Valid Reasons for Eviction:

In Ontario, landlords can only evict tenants for specific reasons allowed under the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006. Common valid reasons include non-payment of rent, persistent late payment, causing significant damage to the property, interfering with other tenants’ enjoyment, or using the property for illegal purposes.

  • Notice of Termination:

A landlord must provide tenants with a written notice of termination, specifying the reason for eviction and the termination date. The notice period varies depending on the reason for eviction and the type of tenancy agreement (month-to-month or fixed-term). Generally, notice periods range from 10 to 60 days. Tenants will have to move out at the end of their committed stay with the landlord.

  • Debate to find Resolution:

If a tenant disagrees with the eviction notice, they have the right to dispute it. They can file an application with the Landlord and Tenant Board to request a hearing and present their case. It is advisable to seek legal advice or consult tenant advocacy organizations to understand the process and prepare your case effectively.

  • Illegal Evictions:

It is illegal for landlords to evict tenants without following the proper legal procedures. If you believe you are facing an illegal eviction, contact the Landlord and Tenant Board or a legal professional immediately.

  • Tenant Rights and Protections:

As a tenant, you have certain rights and protections under the law. Landlords must provide notice of entry, maintain the property, respect your privacy, and follow the proper procedures for eviction. Familiarize yourself with the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 to understand your rights and obligations as a tenant.

  • Seek Legal Advice and Support:

If you are facing eviction or have concerns about your tenancy, it is recommended to seek legal advice from a lawyer or paralegal specializing in landlord-tenant matters. Additionally, tenant advocacy organizations in Ontario or Toronto can provide guidance and support to newcomers navigating the rental system.

Remember, the information provided here is a general overview and may not cover all specific circumstances or legal nuances. It’s essential to consult the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006, and seek professional advice to fully understand your rights and obligations as a tenant and to navigate the eviction process properly.

Link to the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/06r17