Landlord Responsibilities.

Landlords are required to follow regional laws set out in the Residential Tenancies Act, and abide by the rules set out in landlord/tenant boards. Understanding these laws and responsibilities is crucial to properly manage a residential rental property, and avoid costly mistakes. Happy tenants generate a steady source of income, going above and beyond your obligations will maximize your revenue over time.

What are Landlords Responsible for anyways?

  • Safe, Accessible Property
  • Legal Responsibilities
  • Home Emergency
  • Satisfied Tenants

A Safe and Accessible property

The "warranty of habitability"; among the basics is the obligation to provide structurally safe living areas free from contaminants (mold, inefficient HVAC), exits free from obstruction, and working emergency exits. Always follow and keep up with SAFETY CODES.

Hot water, heating in the winter and functioning appliances are an inherent right for renters. Always consult local tenant boards if the unit is in a questionable living conditions; poor situations can void the lease agreement .

Landlords Have MORE Responsibilities

Mold is a common where water or condensation builds up, and landlords are required by law to clean the mold, and/or to fix the conditions the led to the water build up.

Smoke and CO Detectors are required by law to be at least one in every floor.

credit picture and quotation:ONTARIO ASSOCIATION OF FIRE CHIEFS

"It is recommended that detectors be installed in hallways and outside sleeping areas. To ensure whole home safety, I suggest placing CO alarms on every level. Provincial fire codes determine whether all homes (new and existing) require the device. Ontario and The Yukon require all new and old homes with fuel-burning appliances, a fireplace or attached garage to be fitted with CO detectors"

Locally here in Oshawa: Failure to comply with the Fire Code smoke alarm requirements could result in a ticket for $360 or a fine of up to $50,000 for individuals or $100,000 for corporations.

Rules standards and fees must be clearly  stated; rental agreements can incorporate many factors. Disputes may arise contracting repairs, performing maintenance or rent increase; it pays to know your responsibilities as tenant and/or landlord.

Other Legal Responsibilities

  • Parking Standards: Parking standards exist with regard to the minimum number of spaces required to be provided as well as how and where you park your vehicle
  • Noise: Excessive noise is not permitted
  • For all residential new builds, smoke alarms must be installed with a permanent connection to an electrical circuit. If the home’s regular power supply is interrupted, a battery back-up is required as a secondary power source

On December 6, 2018, the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 (RTA) was amended to create an exemption from rent control for new rental units first occupied after November 15, 2018. To learn more about the exemption click here

Home Emergencies occur out of negligence or natural disasters. In any case, evaluate tenant/landlord alternatives like accommodations and transportation which can benefit families while suffering.

Below are links to helpful websites for tenants to get informed. Cheers and be safe, be smart!

Affordable housing

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