Tenant and lanlord rights and responsiblilities

This guide is a resource for basic rental information in Canada, including common rental requirements in different provinces and territories across the country. Landlord-tenant laws tend to change every once in a while in each area throughout Canada. This guide is not meant to provide legal advice. If you require specific legal advice, it is highly suggested that you contact a local rental authority or lawyer with experience in this area of the law.

There are similarities with regards to rental issues in many areas of the country, but authorities do not always treat them the same way according to the laws in each respective province or territory.


TENANTS


LANDLORDS

It is crucial for both the landlord and tenant to understand their rights and responsibilities. Your lease or rental agreement should cover a vast majority of the rules and terms, but treatment of the rules and terms in the lease you sign may differ depending on the province or territory that you are renting in. Knowing about all of the various rules for the area you are renting in is very important because the legal statutes may be different from province to province. For example, determining when a landlord can enter a residential rental property with or without notice is different from place to place. The types of dwelling that fall under provincial or territorial tenancy legislation varies, depending on the province. For example, in certain provinces mobile home park residents are protected under the provincial tenancy legislation, while others are excluded altogether. When you have the right information, you can be better prepared to deal with any issues that come up, whether you are a tenant or landlord.