Renting in Ontario: Resources for Tenants
In the second part of this series, we wanted to discuss resources for tenants. Renting a home, while necessary for those not ready for homeownership, can come with many rules and regulations to follow. Landlords want to protect their investments and to do that, often enforce guidelines for tenants to follow to ensure the home is cared for properly, no matter who may be occupying the residence.
While some rules may not be your favourite, following the contract set out is the best way to protect yourself if things go awry. Additionally, by understanding and educating yourself on your rights as a tenant, you can be informed and prepared for any curveballs that may be thrown your way, and be able to negotiate from a position of strength.
Fortunately, there are many different resources available for tenants to assist them in understanding their rights and obligations so that they can better navigate and manage the important relationship that exists between a landlord and tenant.
- Here is a list of resources available to renters in Ontario.
- Renting in Ontario: Your Rights offers information around the laws that affect tenants and landlords in Ontario.
- Covid-19 has been cause for many temporary changes to residential rental processes, and where tenants and landlords can access more help. See here for Renting Changes During COVID-19.
- The Residential Tenancies Act is a way to provide protection for residential tenants from unlawful rent increases and evictions, as well as to balance the rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords and help to informally resolve disputes.
- Tribunals Ontario – The Landlord and Tenant Board is a resource available to tenants and landlords looking to resolve disputes. This website offers many different resources to solve any common concerns that renters may have.
While renting a home does have its advantages, there is more leeway when it comes to owning your own home. Owners generally have the freedom to make the space a reflection of their own and create their own rules based on their own values and sensibilities (local and cooperative bylaws notwithstanding). For help exploring these and other options, feel free to reach out to me. I would love to help you make the move from renter to owner, and there’s no time better than the present.