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Facts.

In Ontario, tenants possess more legal rights than landlords under the Residential Tenancies Act.

Being a landlord in Ontario means you need to understand that the law often favours renters. This is due mainly because of the Residential Tenancies Act. This law gives renters strong rights; like making it hard for landlords to evict the or limiting how much you can raise the rent. We’ll help you better understand what rights you have as a landlord in Ontario and what rights your tenants have.

Here’s what they had to say…

“She was professional and knowledgeable and the house was leased very quickly with great tenants. “

– Bob & wendy M (Landlord)

In the forefront, a key is held out, crisp and in focus, symbolizing access and the beginning of a new chapter. Tania, standing in the background, appears blurred, creating a visual emphasis on the key itself. This image captures the essence of property ownership and management in Ontario, highlighting the handing over of responsibilities and trust from one person to another in the rental process.

This is Why

Responsible Landlords should take precautionary measures to ensure a secure and harmonious rental environment for their property and tenants.

To protect yourself as a landlord in Ontario, start by thoroughly screening your tenants. It’s important to set clear rules in the lease agreement and maintain open communication to prevent misunderstandings. Keep detailed records of all transactions and interactions as this can provide additional security. You should also stay up-to-date on your rights under the Residential Tenancies Act, which will help you manage relationships with your tenants effectively. Lastly, investing in rental property insurance can offer extra protection for a more secure investment.

how it works...

tHE RENTAL PROCESS

01

LETS HAVE A CHAT

Landlord in Ontario having a sit down with a realtor to discuss options.

To protect landlords’ rights, it is essential to have the rental property in excellent condition before listing it. This means making all necessary repairs, cleaning the property thoroughly, and considering cosmetic improvements to attract potential tenants.

03

DETERMINING RENTAL VALUE

Part of the rental process is doing research on the property value.

If you’re renting out property in Ontario, make sure you have all the right paperwork, like a clear lease that spells out all the rules. It’s also key to double-check that everything follows Ontario’s rental laws to avoid legal issues down the road.

05

Marketing Strategy

Image of a professional photographer by a landlord to take photos of their property.

As a landlord in Ontario, begin by conducting a thorough tenant screening process to ensure you choose a reliable and trustworthy tenant. Looking at their background and credit helps assess their financial stability. Additionally, checking references and speaking with previous landlords provides insights into the tenant’s character and reliability. A real estate agent can be a great resource, guiding you smoothly through these steps to help you find the ideal tenant for your property.

07

Client Meeting and Key Handover

Ontario landlord duties are performed as soon as the key is handed over. Landlord handing key to his new tenants.

Understanding your goals, concerns, and expectations is really important if you’re a landlord or what to be a landlord in Ontario. We want to have a straightforward talk with you before we dive into the specifics of your property listing. This discussion will help make you more knowledgeable about the rental market, your rights as a landlord in Ontario, the laws you need to follow, and the smartest ways to handle renting out your property.

02

PROPERTY PREPARATION

Landlord making repairs on his rental property before leasing it out.

If you’re a landlord for rental homes in Ontario, it’s crucial to partner with a real estate agent to determine the right rental price for your property. They’ll start by looking at the current housing market, and then compare your place to other similar rentals around your area that have leased out. They’ll also take into account the features and size of your property to help you set a price that’s both attractive to renters and fair to you.

04

Documentation and Legalities

Ontario residential landlords should have a contract in place defining everything.

When you’re renting out a property, start with a strong plan to attract renters.  Professional photos are important as they will catch people’s attention first. Then, posting your property online to get it infront of more eyes. Also, traditional ads on kijiji or renter.ca can still work well for getting noticed locally. Your real estate agent plays a crucial role by ensuring your listing appears on the MLS, reaching thousands of potential renters. This strategy enhances visibility, enabling you to promote your property efficiently and effortlessly.

06

Tenant Screening Process

Doing a full background check including credit check is a common Ontario landlord practice.

Meet with people who might rent your place to show them around and answer their questions. When you find the right tenant, you may hand over the keys and go over any loose ends. Take note that if you are choosing to take a key deposit, it can not exceed the actual cost to replace the keys.

What You Need To know

Essential Landlord Rules under the Residential Tenancies Act, Ontario

Here are some of the essential rules that you should know from The Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 (RTA). Becoming a Landlord can be a hard job. So we are here to help you out! Know all the landlords rights in Ontario before you make the plunge.

Rental Agreement

Landlords must provide tenants with a written agreement (lease) that includes specific information, such as the legal names of the landlord and tenant, rental price, deposit details, and terms of agreement. As of April 30, 2018, most landlords must use the standard lease template provided by the Ontario government. Also be informed of your landlord rights in Ontario by reading on.

Rent Increase

Landlords can only increase rent once every 12 months, and they are required to provide 90 days’ written notice of the increase. The increase must be within the rent increase guideline, unless approved by the Landlord and Tenant Board.

Repairs & Maintenance

Landlords are responsible for maintaining the rental property in “a good state of repair,” even if a tenant was aware of problems when they agreed to rent the property.

Entry to Rental Unit

Except in emergencies, the landlord must give at least 24 hours written notice to enter the unit, stating the reason and the time (between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.) for the visit.

Evictions

Landlords can only evict tenants for reasons specified by the RTA, and must provide a notice of termination with an approved form from the Landlord and Tenant Board. A landlord cannot physically remove a tenant without an order from the Board.

Interest on Deposits

If a landlord collects a rent deposit, they must pay the tenant interest once a year. The interest rate must be the same as the rent increase guideline.

Tenant Privacy

Landlords need to honor the renter’s privacy. They shouldn’t gather personal info without a good reason and shouldn’t bother the renter more than needed while they’re living in the property.

Always remember to consult with a local expert or legal advisor to ensure compliance with every aspect of the RTA.

Are You A Landlord?

read On For The Rental Increase Guidelines in Ontario

Heading into 2024, landlords are allowed to increase the rent by up to 2.5%. Indeed, this serves as the upper limit for the majority of rent increases within a single year, bypassing the need to seek authorization from a governing board.

You must tell your tenants about the rent increase in writing 3 months prior. You also have to wait at least a year after the tenant moves in or since the last rent hike to raise the rent.

These rules might change, so it’s important for landlords to check the latest information each year. EXAMPLE: if your rent was $1,000 starting June 1, 2023, with the 2.5% increase for 2024, as a landlord you could charge $1,025 starting June 1, 2024. You have to let them know by March 3, 2024.

This rent increase rule doesn’t apply to all types of housing, like social housing or vacant apartments. For this, you will pay a Vacant Home Tax.

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