The Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) is the law in Ontario that governs relationships between landlords and tenants. The RTA applies to you if you are a tenant in a house, an apartment, a condo unit, a retirement home, mobile home or a room in a house where you do not share a kitchen or bathroom with the owner or close family member of the owner. The RTA covers everything from what should be included in a tenancy agreement to rent deposits, rent increases, repair, maintenance and privacy issues. The RTA also addresses what to do if you want to move out or are given an eviction notice.
The Landlord and Tenant Board is the tribunal that settles disputes between landlords and tenants and enforces their rights. If a dispute arises, you can apply to the Board for a hearing where you can present your case in front of a Board member and receive a ruling on the issue.
For more details on the RTA and the Landlord and Tenant Board, click here. This brochure contains important information on the RTA and about a tenant’s basic rights. The information provided is based on a brochure produced by CLEO – Community Legal Education of Ontario. This brochure contains only general legal information. The law can change, and each person’s situation is different. If you have any questions about your specific situation, please consult your local community legal clinic, community agency or a lawyer.