Apartment Renting and You, The Tenant: Legal Information

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Renting for the first time can be a complicated process. When looking for your first apartment you, as the renter, have a multitude of things you have to think about before signing a lease:

1. Do you want an apartment or a house?

2. Do you want a studio, one bedroom or two bedroom apartment?

3. In a major city like Ottawa or Toronto, keep in mind the traffic situations.

4. How much can you afford for an apartment?

5. Are utilities included in the rent?

6. Is the landlord trustworthy and professional?

7. Are pets allowed?

8. Smoking?

9. How about Amenities?

10. Throw in the confusing legal aspects of rental contracts and it can get overwhelming.

11. Can you feel the headache coming on?

 Today, rather than bombarding you with a bunch of complicated legal information, we are going to offer you some general knowledge that should come in handy when you’re going to sign for your first apartment.

One of the most important things you need to know is that:

When renting, you the tenant have rights and obligations

Here in Ontario, there is a Landlord and Tenant Board that enforces the Residential Tenancies Act. This board has been created to function as mediation between landlords and tenants while also regulating rent increases, and educating individuals about the Residential Tenancies Act.

This Board provides renters a great deal of information online, so rather than regurgitate information here, we’ll just recommend that you check out this portion of their website:


The site goes into greater detail regarding the Residential Tenancies Act, your rights and responsibilities and ending a tenancy.

Good luck and happy hunting!


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