Tenant rights and responsibilities - obligations of landlords and tenants

It is important for both the landlord and tenant to understand what their respective responsibilities are at the beginning of this relationship, as well as keep the lines of communication open when it comes to each other’s expectations. This relationship begins after the landlord officially accepts the tenant’s application. The legal binding contract of the rental agreement is activated once the document is signed and the tenant begins paying rent. If either the tenant or landlord breaks the rental agreement, compensation may be given to the offending party.

There are certain situations that can come about which demand the attention of the landlord and tenant. Both parties have to rely on each other to take care of repairs, emergency situations, and complaints, so that all of these things are handled in an appropriate and timely manner. It is crucial that the landlord and tenant have a good relationship, as certain problems can cause legal troubles and other issues.

Landlords in all provinces across the country are legally required to ensure that the units they rent out are in full compliance with all safety, health, housing and maintenance standards set by local laws. Before a landlord is able to rent out a property, it must adhere to certain municipal standards, fire safety regulations, local building codes, and zoning bylaws. If the property meets the minimum acceptable standards, it is up to the landlord to ensure that the unit never falls above these standards and is taken care of on a regular basis.

Landlords have to:

Tenants have to: