To view this presentation as a webinar with sound visit CLEONet http://www.cleonet.ca/training CLEONet is a web site of le...
About our presenter… Sheeba Sibal is a staff lawyer at West Scarborough Community Legal Services (WSCLS), a community lega...
RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES ACT: THE BASICS – for Tenants Webinar presented by Sheeba Sibal of West Scarborough Community Legal ...
WHAT WILL BE COVERED <ul><li>Introduction and Highlights </li></ul><ul><li>The Lease </li></ul><ul><li>Rules about Rent </...
INTRODUCTION AND HIGHLIGHTS <ul><li>Residential Tenancies Act </li></ul><ul><li>Landlord and Tenant Board </li></ul><ul><l...
THE LEASE <ul><li>Can be in writing or verbal </li></ul><ul><li>Essentials of lease – required by law </li></ul><ul><li>Wh...
THE LEASE Continued <ul><li>Reasons for refusing lease and discrimination </li></ul><ul><li>Before you sign your lease </l...
RULES ABOUT RENT <ul><li>Vacancy de-control </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Old buildings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New buildings <...
TERMINATION OF TENANCY BY TENANT <ul><li>Notice to Terminate by tenant form and notice period </li></ul><ul><li>Sublet or ...
PRIVACY <ul><li>Right of tenant </li></ul><ul><li>Right of landlord </li></ul><ul><li>Notice to enter </li></ul><ul><li>In...
MAINTENANCE,REPAIRS AND VITAL SERVICES <ul><li>Landlords obligation </li></ul><ul><li>Tenants responsibilities </li></ul><...
EVICTIONS <ul><li>Early termination of tenancy for cause </li></ul><ul><li>Termination of tenancy at end of term  </li></u...
RESOURCES – for Tenants <ul><li>Telephone - Provincial  </li></ul><ul><li>Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing ,  </l...
RESOURCES for Tenants- Cont. <ul><li>WEBSITES - Provincial </li></ul><ul><li>Ministry for Municipal Affairs & Housing, Inv...
RESOURCES for Tenants- Cont. <ul><li>CITY OF TORONTO </li></ul><ul><li>Telephone </li></ul><ul><li>Ministry of Municipal A...
RESOURCES for Tenants – Cont. <ul><li>CITY OF TORONTO </li></ul><ul><li>Websites  </li></ul><ul><li>City of Toronto - Prop...
This webinar was brought to you by CLEONet For more information visit the Housing Law section of CLEONet at  www.cleonet.c...
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Residential Tenancies Act Basics: A presentation on Tenant's rights in Ontario

  1. 1. To view this presentation as a webinar with sound visit CLEONet http://www.cleonet.ca/training CLEONet is a web site of legal information for community workers and advocates who work with low-income and disadvantaged communities in Ontario. www.cleonet.ca
  2. 2. About our presenter… Sheeba Sibal is a staff lawyer at West Scarborough Community Legal Services (WSCLS), a community legal clinic in Toronto. Sheeba joined WSCLS as a community legal worker in 1990. In 2009, she was called to the Bar and was then hired as a Staff Lawyer .
  3. 3. RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES ACT: THE BASICS – for Tenants Webinar presented by Sheeba Sibal of West Scarborough Community Legal Services Prepared by WSCLS, December 2010
  4. 4. WHAT WILL BE COVERED <ul><li>Introduction and Highlights </li></ul><ul><li>The Lease </li></ul><ul><li>Rules about Rent </li></ul><ul><li>Termination of tenancy by tenant </li></ul><ul><li>Privacy </li></ul><ul><li>Maintenance, Repairs and Vital Services </li></ul><ul><li>Evictions </li></ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul>
  5. 5. INTRODUCTION AND HIGHLIGHTS <ul><li>Residential Tenancies Act </li></ul><ul><li>Landlord and Tenant Board </li></ul><ul><li>Who is covered by the RTA </li></ul><ul><li>Information for New Tenants </li></ul><ul><li>Supremacy of RTA </li></ul><ul><li>Application of the Ontario Human Rights Code </li></ul><ul><li>Special Rules for Subsidized Housing Tenants </li></ul><ul><li>Investigations Branch - Provincial </li></ul><ul><li>Property Standards </li></ul>
  6. 6. THE LEASE <ul><li>Can be in writing or verbal </li></ul><ul><li>Essentials of lease – required by law </li></ul><ul><li>What should be in the lease – for clarity </li></ul><ul><li>Cooling off period </li></ul><ul><li>Supremacy of RTA over lease </li></ul><ul><li>Copy of lease </li></ul><ul><li>Lease renewal and month to month tenancy </li></ul><ul><li>Post dated cheques </li></ul>
  7. 7. THE LEASE Continued <ul><li>Reasons for refusing lease and discrimination </li></ul><ul><li>Before you sign your lease </li></ul><ul><li>Condition of premises </li></ul><ul><li>What can a landlord ask? </li></ul><ul><li>Extra fees for services </li></ul><ul><li>Parking charges </li></ul>
  8. 8. RULES ABOUT RENT <ul><li>Vacancy de-control </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Old buildings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New buildings </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Security deposits </li></ul><ul><li>Key deposit </li></ul><ul><li>Last Months rent </li></ul><ul><li>Interest on LMR </li></ul><ul><li>Rent receipts </li></ul><ul><li>Rent increase and notices of Rent Increase </li></ul><ul><li>Above Guideline increases </li></ul><ul><li>Rent reduction </li></ul>
  9. 9. TERMINATION OF TENANCY BY TENANT <ul><li>Notice to Terminate by tenant form and notice period </li></ul><ul><li>Sublet or assignment </li></ul><ul><li>Consequences of early termination by tenant </li></ul><ul><li>Agreement to Terminate </li></ul><ul><li>Security of tenure </li></ul>
  10. 10. PRIVACY <ul><li>Right of tenant </li></ul><ul><li>Right of landlord </li></ul><ul><li>Notice to enter </li></ul><ul><li>Inspections </li></ul><ul><li>Locks by tenants </li></ul><ul><li>Door alarms </li></ul>
  11. 11. MAINTENANCE,REPAIRS AND VITAL SERVICES <ul><li>Landlords obligation </li></ul><ul><li>Tenants responsibilities </li></ul><ul><li>How to get repairs and pest control done </li></ul><ul><li>Work orders from property standards </li></ul><ul><li>Rent reduction – T6 application </li></ul><ul><li>Maintenance issues and arrears of rent </li></ul><ul><li>Temperature: As per Property Standards By Law </li></ul><ul><li>Vital services </li></ul>
  12. 12. EVICTIONS <ul><li>Early termination of tenancy for cause </li></ul><ul><li>Termination of tenancy at end of term </li></ul><ul><li>Voidable and non-voidable notices of termination </li></ul><ul><li>The hearing and eviction process </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Notice of Application and Notice of Hearing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hearing / Mediation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Order of LTB </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sheriffs notice </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Avoiding evictions for arrears of rent </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Before Hearing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>After Hearing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Before Sheriff comes </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. RESOURCES – for Tenants <ul><li>Telephone - Provincial </li></ul><ul><li>Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing , </li></ul><ul><li>Investigation and Enforcement Unit 1-888-772-9777 </li></ul><ul><li>Landlord and Tenant Board 1-888-332-3234 </li></ul><ul><li>Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) 1-800-668-8258 </li></ul><ul><li>Advocacy Center for Tenants 1-866-245-4182 </li></ul><ul><li>Ontario ( ACTO) </li></ul><ul><li>Center for Equality Rights in 1-800-263-1139 ext. 22 </li></ul><ul><li>in Accommodation (CERA) </li></ul>
  14. 14. RESOURCES for Tenants- Cont. <ul><li>WEBSITES - Provincial </li></ul><ul><li>Ministry for Municipal Affairs & Housing, Investigations and Enforcement unit http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page142.aspx </li></ul><ul><li>Landlord and Tenant Board – http://www.ltb.gov.on.ca/ </li></ul><ul><li>Legal Aid Ontario for the Legal Clinic in your area - http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/contact/contact.asp?type=cl </li></ul><ul><li>Advocacy Center for Tenants – http://www.acto.ca/ </li></ul><ul><li>Center for Equality Rights in Accomodation - http://www.equalityrights.org/cera/ </li></ul>
  15. 15. RESOURCES for Tenants- Cont. <ul><li>CITY OF TORONTO </li></ul><ul><li>Telephone </li></ul><ul><li>Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Investigation and Enforcement Unit) (416) 585-7214 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Landlord and Tenant Board (416)645-8080 </li></ul><ul><li>Legal Aid Ontario (416) 979-1446 </li></ul><ul><li>City of Toronto Property Standards Department 311 </li></ul><ul><li>Tenants Hot Line (Federation of Metro </li></ul><ul><li>Tenants Association - FMTA) (416) 921-9494 </li></ul><ul><li>Advocacy Center for Tenants Ontario (ACTO) (416) 597-5855 </li></ul>
  16. 16. RESOURCES for Tenants – Cont. <ul><li>CITY OF TORONTO </li></ul><ul><li>Websites </li></ul><ul><li>City of Toronto - Property Standard by laws -http://app.toronto.ca/ApartmentStandards/viewDownload.do </li></ul><ul><li>Federation of Metro Tenants Association – www.torontotenants.org/ </li></ul>
  17. 17. This webinar was brought to you by CLEONet For more information visit the Housing Law section of CLEONet at www.cleonet.ca For more public legal information webinars visit: http://www.cleonet.ca/training

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