Province releases new Standard Lease Form

On February 7, 2018, Ontario’s Ministry of Housing released the new Residential Tenancy Agreement (Standard Form of Lease). This new lease is written in plain language to make it easier for landlords and tenants to understand the rights and responsibilities they have under the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006. It is also an attempt to reduce […]

Why are tenants not responsible for the treatment of bed bugs? / Pourquoi les locataires ne sont-ils pas responsables des frais d’extermination des punaises des lits?

Bed bugs, bed-bugs, or bedbugs are parasitic insects of the cimicid family that feed exclusively on blood. Cimex lectularius, the common bed bug, is the best known as it prefers to feed exclusively on human blood – https://wikipedia.org Reports of bed bug infestations across Ontario have increased significantly in recent years.  Dealing with an infestation […]

Laneway Houses / Habitations accessibles par la ruelle

The “Make Way for Laneway” report discusses laneway houses and other small-scale housing as options, such as second suites and infill townhouses, as models to increase affordable housing and population density while preserving the character and architecture of mature neighbourhoods. Laneway houses, like second suites, can provide housing in neighbourhoods that are walkable, close to […]