Landlords' Rights

Most landlord rights have corresponding responsibilities for the tenant, just as the tenant rights have responsibility to the landlord. Also, most landlord responsibilities correspond to the rights of the tenant or other members of the community.

Every landlord has the right too...

  • A written contract outlining the terms of the rental agreement
  • Receipt of rent in a timely manner as specified in the lease agreement
  • Procedural recourse should the tenant not meet their obligations (with the exception of boarding houses)

A Written Contract Outlining the Terms of the Rental Agreement

Landlords have the right to a written contract outlining the rental agreement between the tenant and themselves. This contract is called a lease and it should outline the expectations that you and your landlord have of each other.

There is a Standard Form of Lease that is used in all landlord/tenant situations and covers all the basics of the landlord/tenant relationship. You and your landlord can agree to additional conditions outside of those covered in the standard form lease (smoking, pets, etc.) but the mandatory rights included in the Standard Form of Lease cannot be removed.

Procedural Recourse Should the Tenant NOT Meet Their Obligations

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. Your landlord can ask for the help of the Office of the Rentalsman should you fail to pay your rent, refuse to leave once your tenancy is over (either naturally or through eviction), or violate any other term of your lease. Your landlord can also claim your damage deposit through the Office of the Rentalsman to pay for damage, cleaning and unpaid rent.

Office of the Rentalsman

PO Box 1998
City Centre
432 Queen Street
E3B 1B6

Phone: (506)-453-2557 (collect calls accepted)

Fax: (506)-457-7289