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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.

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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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