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Renters Rights

Both you and your landlord have rights and responsibilities to fulfil as part of your lease:

Your Responsibilities

Before we talk about what the landlord is responsible for, let's take a look at your responsibilities:

  • Keep the apartment clean.
  • Put out garbage in proper containers.
  • Use electrical and plumbing fixtures properly.
  • Follow local housing, health and safety rules.
  • Do not damage the landlord's property or disturb neighbours.
  • Make sure guests do not destroy the landlord's property or disturb other residents.
  • Use appliances with care.
  • Notify the landlord when repairs are needed.

Landlord's Responsibilities

Renting is a two-way street. Since you are required to keep up your end of the bargain, the landlord has certain responsibilities, as well:

  • Obey all health and safety laws and regulations.
  • Make all repairs needed to maintain the property in good condition.
  • Keep all common areas safe, clean and in good repair.
  • Maintain all electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning fixtures and applications that the landlord provides or is required to provide.
  • Provide and maintain garbage bins.
  • Supply running and hot water.
  • Give notice to a tenant before trying to enter his or her apartment and enter only at reasonable times unless there is an emergency.
  • Do not abuse the right to enter.

Prohibited Actions

There are certain actions your landlord is not allowed to take, no matter what the situation. A landlord cannot shut off utilities, take anything that belongs to a tenant, change the locks or otherwise lock a tenant out of his or her apartment to force the tenant to pay rent or leave the apartment. A landlord also cannot raise the rent or threaten to evict a tenant for taking legal action against the landlord. A landlord is not permitted to abuse the right to enter the apartment, meaning that the landlord is not allowed to harass a tenant with repeated visits.