Standard Form Lease Updated

The Standard Form Lease applies to most residential tenancies in Ontario, including single and semi-detached houses, apartment buildings, condominiums and secondary units (i.e. basement apartments). It is very important for landlords to make sure they use this mandatory document and not rely on other forms (i.e. their own hand-written agreement or realtor forms).

What you should know about Bill 184

When COVID-19 hit Ontario, many people’s incomes were abruptly reduced, leaving many renters and their landlords feeling vulnerable. What if tenants couldn’t pay their rent? What if landlords in turn couldn’t pay their mortgages?

Bill 184 – No “Evictions without Hearings”

With the eviction ban lifted, we look at what Bill 184 means for both tenants and landlords. When the pandemic hit last March, the Landlord and Tenant Board suspended “the issuance of eviction orders and all hearings related to eviction applications.” This meant that tenants who had been laid off as a result of COVID-19 […]

Bill 184 – Protecting Tenants and Strengthening Community Housing Act, 2020

Bill 184 was introduced in March 2020, just prior to the Ontario Legislative Assembly adjournment of due to health risks presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Provincial Housing Supply Action Plan Consultation, held in December 2018 and January 2019, informed the development of the legislation and has been referenced on numerous occasions by the government […]

Eviction Moratorium Ends

The Landlord and Tenant Board continued to accept applications throughout the state of emergency and eviction moratorium. However, only applications that were based on urgent matters (posed serious health and safety issues or involve illegal activity in the rental unit) could seek relief from the LTB, applications which did not seek termination of the tenancy, and tenant applications, were scheduled for hearing.

Urgent Hearing Request and Procedure

NOTE: The Urgent Hearing Request process available during the moratorium on evictions and hearings which sought termination of tenancy, is no longer available because Landlord and Tenant Board resumes its services effective August 1, 2020, see Eviction Moratorium Ends for details. Relief for urgent matters The process that is followed for an urgent matter requires […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]