Along with my rights as a tenant, do I also have responsibilities? Yes!
As a tenant in Ontario, you also have responsibilities which you must follow.
These are explained in the Residential Tenancies Act. When you are a tenant you need to:
- Pay your rent on-time: Pay the full amount of your rent by the day that you agreed to in your lease or tenancy agreement.
- Keep your home clean: It is important to keep your home clean – take out the garbage, don’t leave food around, etc. This will help keep insects and pests away and also keep you on good terms with your landlord.
- Repair damage that you cause: Fix anything that you or your guests damage or break. If the damage is major, notify your landlord before you make any repairs.
- Be reasonably quiet: Do not disturb others who live in your building. Have consideration for others around you.
- Obey the law: For example, you must follow the by-laws your city has about over-crowding. This means you cannot have more people living in your unit/apartment/house than is allowed.
- Honour your lease or tenancy agreement: Follow the terms in your lease. If your lease has conditions that break the rules in the Residential Tenancies Act, you do not have to follow those conditions.
It is important to know that before you move out, it is your responsibility to let your landlord know that you are leaving. This is called “giving notice”. You can tell your landlord verbally but it is a good idea to have a written agreement between you and your landlord that you both have signed. This way, you will have documentation (physical proof) of your actions.
When should you give your landlord “notice”?
That depends on your lease/rental agreement. If you pay rent:
- by the day or week, you must give 28 days notice (for example, if you want to leave on March 1, you have to give notice by February 1).
- by the month, you must give 60 days notice.
- If your lease is fixed for a period longer than a month, you may look at assigninga tenant (the person renting) gives up legal responsibility of the rental unit and the landlord takes over the lease. This is only done with the permission of the landlord. or sublettingA tenant (the person renting) rents the unit to someone else. The tenant is responsible for finding the person and making sure they pay the rent. This can only be done with the permission of the landlord. your lease to someone else. You will have to discuss these options with your landlord.