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What Information Do I Provide Information to My New Tenants?

April 14th, 2012 · 1,922 Comments · New landlords

 

What information does a landlord have to give to a new tenant?

According to the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board and the laws in Ontario, a landlord must give all new tenants information about the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants, the role of the Board and how to contact the Board.  The Board has a brochure called Information for New Tenants that landlords must use.  The Information for New Tenants brochure must be given to the tenant on or before the day the tenancy begins.

So When Does the Tenancy Actually Begin?

The tenancy begins on the date the tenant is entitled to move into the unit, even if the tenant does not move in on that date.

In addition, if the tenancy agreement is in writing, information about the landlord’s legal name and address must be included in the lease.  After the tenant has signed the lease and returned it to the landlord, the landlord then has 21 days to give the tenant a copy that has the signatures of both the tenant and the landlord.

What If there Is No Written Tenancy Agreement?

Where there is no written tenancy agreement, a landlord must inform the tenant, in writing, of the landlord’s legal name and address within 21 days after the tenancy begins.

If the landlord does not give the tenant a copy of the signed lease within 21 days or, if there is no written agreement and the landlord fails to inform the tenant of its legal name and address within 21 days, the tenant does not have to pay rent.  However, once the landlord provides the tenant with the required document(s), the tenant must pay back any rent that they withheld.  If the tenant refuses, the landlord could seek to evict the tenant for arrears of rent.

Where Can I Get More Information?

You can get more information here:  http://www.ltb.gov.on.ca/en/Key_Information/STEL02_111463.html

Remember, the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Act favours tenants, so make sure you know the rules of the game!

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