If you are a tenant, the following may be some of the questions that you want to ask, such as:
- Can my Landlord shut off or deliberately interfere with the supply of a vital service (heat, electricity, fuel, gas or hot or cold water)?
- Can my Landlord take all my personal property?
- Can my Landlord lock me out of my rental unit?
ANSWER: Absolutely not! (given that there is a non-payment of rent involved)
On the other hand, if you are a Landlord, the following may also be some of the questions that you want to ask, such as:
- Can I evict my Tenant immediately, if he/she does not pay rent?
- Can I terminate the rental agreement immediately, if my Tenant pays his/her rent late persistently?
- Can I end the rental lease, if my Tenant doesn't repair the damages made by him/her within the rental unit (except wear and torn over time)?
- Can I end the rental lease, if my Tenant makes the rental unit very dirty?
- Can I terminate the rental agreement, if my Tenant harasses or interferes with other tenants' reasonable enjoyment?
ANSWER: Not immediately!
Are the above-mentioned matters something that you are always encountering? Anyhow, Eviction can not be immediate, despite of the fact that it is a lawful and valid reason under the law. Exception arises when there is an agreement between the Landlord and the Tenant that he/she is willing to move immediately. It is involved in a proper procedure in order to evict a tenant for any lawful reason permitted under the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006.
Tenant's Rights and Responsibilities
- Tenant has the right to the security of tenancy (unless you and your landlord agree that you can move, or your landlord gives you a notice to end the tenancy for the reason allowed under the law).
- Tenant has the right to protect his/her own privacy within the rental unit (unless a 24-hours written notice is given)
- Tenant has the responsibilities of paying the rent on time, keeping the rental unit clean and repairing your own damages within the rental unit.
Landlord's Rights and Responsibilities
- Landlord has the right to ask for rent deposit.
- Landlord has the right to increase rent, provided that the rental period has already been over 12 months and a 90-days notice is also given to the tenant.
- Landlord has the responsibilities of complying with Health, Safety, Housing and Maintenance standards set out in municipal and provincial by-laws.
- Landlord has the responsibility of giving a copy of rental agreement to the tenant within 21 days, when the lease has been signed.
Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be construed as a legal advice, but strictly for information only in this entire website. Please contact Trustworthy Legal Service for your independent legal advice in your particular situation. The first consultation is also required prior to my retainer of your case.
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