Canada changes housing rules / Le Canada modifie les règles relatives au logement

The Federal Government moved to cool down the overheated housing market in some regions of the country and announced changes to housing rules.  The changes, the most significant of which impact high ratio homebuyers, came into effective on October 17, 2016. A Mortgage Rate Stress Test will now be applied to all new mortgages which […]

N15 Tenant’s Notice to End my Tenancy Because of Fear of Sexual or Domestic Violence and Abuse / N15 – Avis de résiliation de la location donné par le locataire par crainte de violence sexuelle ou familiale et de mauvais traitements

On September 8, 2016 the Landlord and Tenant Board released a new tenant notice, N15 – Tenant’s Notice to End my Tenancy Because of Fear of Sexual or Domestic Violence and Abuse, in support of amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) required under Bill 132 – The Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act. […]

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 – 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 […]