Frequently Asked Questions

Your first stop for self-help is a review of our FAQs. Take a look at the ever increasing collection of questions asked by Ontario’s small-scale landlords as well as the actual answers provided by Landlord’s Self-Help Centre.

I’ve attached the link below to the Landlord’s Reference Guide to Human Rights in Rental Housing found on our website, I think it should provide some clarification on the issue of renting to tenants with disabilities and the landlord’s duty to accommodate. Other than this there aren’t really any other differences, the Act would apply in the same way as in any other rental situation.

According to the Human Rights Code, a 16 or 17 year old person who is living away from their parents cannot be refused an apartment because of their age, and a lease signed by a 16 or 17 year old is legally binding.

Section 13 of the Ontario Human Rights Code does not allow publication or notification that indicates an intent to discriminate against any person covered by one of the protected grounds in the Code. Students and persons requiring a guarantor would presumably fall under the category of age, family status or person in receipt of public assistance. So unless the owner intends to share a kitchen or bathroom with the person answering the rental ad – these situations would be exempt from the Code under Section 21 – then the ad would most likely be in violation of the Code.

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