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This webinar is brought to you by CLEONet

www.cleonet.ca

CLEONet is a web site of legal information for community workers and advocates who work with low-income and disadvantaged communities in Ontario.

2010, Community Law School (Sarnia-Lambton) Inc.


About our presenter…

Sheeba Sibal is a staff lawyer at West Scarborough Community Legal Services (WSCLS), a community legal clinic in Toronto. Sheeba joined WSCLS as a community legal worker in 1990. In 2009, she was called to the Bar and was then hired as a Staff Lawyer.


Residential tenancies act the basics for tenants

RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES ACT: THE BASICS – for Tenants

Webinar presented by Sheeba Sibal of West Scarborough Community Legal Services

Prepared by WSCLS, December 2010


What will be covered
WHAT WILL BE COVERED

  • Introduction and Highlights

  • The Lease

  • Rules about Rent

  • Termination of tenancy by tenant

  • Privacy

  • Maintenance, Repairs and Vital Services

  • Evictions

  • Resources


Introduction and highlights
INTRODUCTION AND HIGHLIGHTS

  • Residential Tenancies Act

  • Landlord and Tenant Board

  • Who is covered by the RTA

  • Information for New Tenants

  • Supremacy of RTA

  • Application of the Ontario Human Rights Code

  • Special Rules for Subsidized Housing Tenants

  • Investigations Branch - Provincial

  • Property Standards


The lease
THE LEASE

  • Can be in writing or verbal

  • Essentials of lease – required by law

  • What should be in the lease – for clarity

  • Cooling off period

  • Supremacy of RTA over lease

  • Copy of lease

  • Lease renewal and month to month tenancy

  • Post dated cheques


The lease continued
THE LEASE Continued

  • Reasons for refusing lease and discrimination

  • Before you sign your lease

  • Condition of premises

  • What can a landlord ask?

  • Extra fees for services

  • Parking charges


Rules about rent
RULES ABOUT RENT

  • Vacancy de-control

    • Old buildings

    • New buildings

  • Security deposits

  • Key deposit

  • Last Months rent

  • Interest on LMR

  • Rent receipts

  • Rent increase and notices of Rent Increase

  • Above Guideline increases

  • Rent reduction


Termination of tenancy by tenant
TERMINATION OF TENANCY BY TENANT

  • Notice to Terminate by tenant form and notice period

  • Sublet or assignment

  • Consequences of early termination by tenant

  • Agreement to Terminate

  • Security of tenure


Privacy
PRIVACY

  • Right of tenant

  • Right of landlord

  • Notice to enter

  • Inspections

  • Locks by tenants

  • Door alarms


Maintenance repairs and vital services
MAINTENANCE,REPAIRS AND VITAL SERVICES

  • Landlords obligation

  • Tenants responsibilities

  • How to get repairs and pest control done

  • Work orders from property standards

  • Rent reduction – T6 application

  • Maintenance issues and arrears of rent

  • Temperature: As per Property Standards By Law

  • Vital services


Evictions
EVICTIONS

  • Early termination of tenancy for cause

  • Termination of tenancy at end of term

  • Voidable and non-voidable notices of termination

  • The hearing and eviction process

    • Notice of Application and Notice of Hearing

    • Hearing / Mediation

    • Order of LTB

    • Sheriffs notice

  • Avoiding evictions for arrears of rent

    • Before Hearing

    • After Hearing

    • Before Sheriff comes


Resources for tenants
RESOURCES – for Tenants

Telephone - Provincial

  • Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing,

    Investigation and Enforcement Unit1-888-772-9777

  • Landlord and Tenant Board1-888-332-3234

  • Legal Aid Ontario (LAO)1-800-668-8258

  • Advocacy Center for Tenants1-866-245-4182

    Ontario ( ACTO)

  • Center for Equality Rights in1-800-263-1139 ext. 22

    in Accommodation (CERA)


Resources for tenants cont
RESOURCES for Tenants- Cont.

WEBSITES - Provincial

  • Ministry for Municipal Affairs & Housing, Investigations and Enforcement unit http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page142.aspx

  • Landlord and Tenant Board –http://www.ltb.gov.on.ca/

  • Legal Aid Ontario for the Legal Clinic in your area - http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/contact/contact.asp?type=cl

  • Advocacy Center for Tenants –http://www.acto.ca/

  • Center for Equality Rights in Accomodation - http://www.equalityrights.org/cera/


Resources for tenants cont1
RESOURCES for Tenants- Cont.

CITY OF TORONTO

Telephone

  • Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

    (Investigation and Enforcement Unit) (416) 585-7214

  • Landlord and Tenant Board (416)645-8080

  • Legal Aid Ontario (416) 979-1446

  • City of Toronto Property Standards Department 311

  • Tenants Hot Line (Federation of Metro

    Tenants Association - FMTA) (416) 921-9494

  • Advocacy Center for Tenants Ontario (ACTO) (416) 597-5855


Resources for tenants cont2
RESOURCES for Tenants – Cont.

CITY OF TORONTO

Websites

  • City of Toronto - Property Standard by laws -http://app.toronto.ca/ApartmentStandards/viewDownload.do

  • Federation of Metro Tenants Association – www.torontotenants.org/


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