Landlords Responsibilities to the Tenant

A landlord has responsibilities to the tenant and to the community in general.

Every landlord has the following responsibilities to their tenants...

  • Understand and comply with the laws that govern rental property
    • Most of these laws are found in the Residential Tenancies Act and the City of Fredericton By-Laws.
    • Boarding Houses are not covered by the Residential Tenancies Act, but instead are covered by the Landlords and Tenants Act.
  • Provide adequate parking for all tenants according to city by-laws
  • Follow clearly define procedures for a variety of landlord-tenant issues (with the exception of boarding houses)
  • Do repairs and maintenance
  • Ensure that the tenant has a warm, clean, and safe accommodation

Parking

Your landlord is required to provide you with a certain amount of parking. Below is a table of the minimum number of parking spaces required by Fredericton By-Law Z-2.

Use

Parking Spaces Required

Single detached dwelling, duplex dwelling, semi-detached & mobile homes

1 space/unit

Accessory Dwelling Unit

1 space/unit

Apartments, row housing & stacked row housing dwelling units (outside of town plat residential area)

1 space/bachelor unit and 1 bedroom unit;
1.5 spaces/2 bedroom unit or larger

Apartments, row housing & stacked row housing dwelling units (within town plat residential area)

0.75 space/bachelor unit and 1 bedroom unit;
1.25 spaces/2 bedroom unit or larger

Boarding, rooming and lodging houses

1 space/sleep unit

Home occupation

2 spaces, plus the normal parking space requirement of the zone

For more information, visit the City of Fredericton's By-Law information website.

Following Clearly Defined Procedures for a Variety of Lanlord-Tenant Issues

The Residential Tenancies Act contains procedures for how landlords and tenants should behave. It includes procedures on notice of entry, rent increases, ending tenancy, and dispute resolution. The procedure for notice of entry is covered in the section of tenant rights and the procedure for notice of ending tenancy is covered in the section on tenant responsibilities to the landlord. Disputes with the landlord should be taken to the Office of the Rentalsman.

Partners in Legal Education Information Service (PLEIS) has excellent information and can help answer all your legal questions.

Repairs and Maintenance

The landlord is required to repair anything that is included in the tenant's rent that breaks or does not work properly. Examples of this include:

  • Fridge
  • Stove
  • Hot Water Heater
  • Washing Machine
  • Leaky Roofs

The landlord is also required to fix and maintain any common areas, such as:

  • Laundry Rooms
  • Lobbies
  • Stairways
  • Elevators
  • Security Systems
  • Swimming Pools

If the landlord fails to do these things contact the Rentalsman.

Ensuring That the Tenant has Warm, Clean, and Safe Accommodation

Landlords are legally required to ensure that accommodations they rent comply with minimum health and safety standards. They are also required to ensure that the heating system is functioning properly. Even if the property met all standards at the time the place was rented, the landlord is still responsible for ensuring that the accommodation does not fall below the standard.