Ontario Residential Landlords and Tenants - General
Information Based on research done by Norman Pickell
CLEO - Landlord and Tenant
Information from Community Legal Education Ontario - CLEO - about
Ontario residential tenant and landlord issues.
Information of a general nature from Legal Line.
Fire Safety for Apartments in Houses
The Office of the Ontario Fire Marshall outlines for homeowners and tenants the fire safety regulations that govern apartments in houses.
Forms, Applications and Notices
For use under the Tenant Protection
Information from Ottawa's Housing Help on tenant rights and responsibilities.
Landlord's Self-Help Centre - Ontario
The Landlord's Self-Help Centre provides information for Ontario's residential landlords and tenants.
Life Lease - Introduction
An introduction to life lease rental housing.
Life Lease - Life Lease Associates
Information from Life Lease Associates of Canada on life leases.
Information from the Manitoba Department of Consumer and Corporate
Affairs on life lease rental housing.
Pets - Ontario
Information from the Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal about pets / animals in residential rental accommodation.
Guide - CMHC
"Your Guide to Renting a Home," published by Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation - CMHC, provides renters and landlords with an overview of
their rights and responsibilities, as well as other helpful information.
Roommate Information and Agreement
If you are going to share accommodation with a roommate, here is some information and a sample roommate agreement that you might find helpful.
Tenant Protection Act - Complete Statute
A complete actual copy of the Ontario Statute
that governs residential landlords and tenants in the Province of
Tenant Protection Regulations
Ontario regulations under the Tenant
Protection Act which provide
further information about how the provisions of the Act are applied.
Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal
The website of the "court" that resolves disputes between residential
landlords and tenants and provides information about the Tenant
Protection Act of Ontario.
Ontario Landlord and Tenant Act and Related Legislation on ParaLegalAdvice
FREE LITERATURE ON HOW TO DEAL WITH ONTARIO LANDLORD TENANT PROBLEMS
Canadian Tenant Information a mishmash compilation of articles which desperately needs editing and some organization but still worth wading through the mess to find the odd gem. Primarily for Ontario tenants, but also has some information for the rest of Canada
The Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal (ORHT) is being openly ridiculed as an "Eviction Machine" which openly sides with landlords. Their site contains pages of information which is worth reviewing, however the process is stacked against tenants, so beware. Tenants are being forced to pay large legal bills to fight landlords' annual rent increase applications. There is no provision to recover costs. Hearsay "evidence" is the norm and untrained people sit as judges on these tribunals. Mike Harris got his for having gutted social services in this province. Let's hope McGinty does something productive.
Tenant Resources in Ontario
Toronto, Ontario: Landlord & Tenant ParaLegal help
Federation of Metro Tenants Association A really lousy web site layout and design, but call their hot line for good advice (416) 921-9494
The following organizations represent tenants in government hearings and commissions.
ParaLegalAdvice Referrals to Paralegals in Canada
Landlords Help (416) 761-9956
Landlords Self Help Center (416) 532-4467
Landlord Service Bureau (416) 586-0900
Landlord-Tenant Action Centre (416) 924-8693
Federation of Metro Tenants' Associations provides legal advice and advocacy.
The Ontario government's outrageous and unfair Tenant "Protection" Act repeals the Rent Control Act, the Rental Housing Protection Act, Part IV of the Landlord and Tenant Act (the portion that pertains to residential tenancies and mobile home parks, but they left in force those portions of the Act that pertain to tenant farmers,) the Municipal Amendment Act (Vital Services,) the Land Lease Statute Law Amendment Act and the Residents' Rights Act (which protected seniors and the disabled in care homes).
If you are upset about the changes you will likely want more information from your community legal and information clinic and tenants' association. If you are upset over the governments new Act, you should both write and call your MPP and Premier McGuinty, and on letters be sure to write "Personal and Confidential" on the envelope.
Your "rights" as a tenant in Ontario under the so called Tenant Protection Act.
The Tenant Protection Act This is the actual text of the Act. Talk about a Newspeak name. The Tenant Protection Act is directly responsible for massive rent increases which lead to homelessness. The Tribunal which administers the Act is a shill for landlords and has been called an "eviction machine" by many authorities. This is a prime reason to make sure the Harris government does not get re-elected in Ontario.
Canadian Relocation Systems Has useful information on tenant rights as well as costs of living and related material for different cities.
Housing is regulated by the province and municipalities.
Housing issues are regulated by the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing primarily under the Tenant "Protection" Act, and by your particular municipality primarily under their Building's Inspections, Fire, and Health departments.
Rent increases are the jurisdiction of the province, and building standards are first the jurisdiction of the municipality but can also be taken to the provinces Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal for a fee.
To get all the available forms and literature:
The Ontario Ministry of Housing has publications that not only inform you of your rights but also your obligations as a tenant. It is a good idea to call the government's new Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal at 1-888-332-3234 to get all the available forms and literature.