Renting an apartment or house can be an exciting experience, especially if it is your first time. However, it can also be a confusing and challenging experience, particularly if you are a newcomer youth in Ontario and you are not yet fully aware of all of your legal rights as a tenant (the person renting - you!). If is always important to know what your rights and responsibilities are as a tenant.
Being aware of your rights will make you feel more confident as a tenant when, or if, issues arise with your landlord (the one who rents to you) and it will allow you to enjoy your new home.
Before you move in - Learn what rights you have as a tenant.
Before you move in, or while you are house-hunting with your friends or family, make sure you find out what your legal rights are regarding renting in Ontario.
As a tenant in Ontario, you have legal rights. These rights are explained in the Human Rights Code and the Residential Tenancies Act. The Human Rights Code applies to every person in Ontario, which includes you.
These rights ensure that your landlord cannot discriminate against you because of your:
- Race, place of origin or ethnic origin
- Sex, age, sexual orientation or marital status
- Family status
For example, a landlord cannot refuse to rent to you because you are new to Canada. Even if you are 16 or 17 years of age, it is your right to be able to rent an apartment or other accommodation.
The Residential Tenancies Act sets out the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants. Here you can find information, such as:
- Maintenance and Repairs
- How to end a tenancy (your lease)