Tenant Rights

Most tenants rights have corresponding responsibilities for the landlord or community and most tenant responsibilities correspond to rights of the landlord or other members of the community.

Rights

Every tenant has a right to...

  • Peaceful use and enjoyment of their home and yard
  • Warm, clean, and safe accommodation
  • Privacy in their own home
  • A written contract outlining the rental agreement
  • Have the landlord follow clearly defined procedures for a variety of landlord-tenant issues (with the exception of people staying in boarding houses)
  • Procedural recourse should your landlord not meet their obligations (with the exception of people staying in boarding houses)

Peaceful Use and Enjoyment

Peaceful use and enjoyment of their home and yard is a right that all tenants have. It means that no one else has the right to act in a way that interferes with your enjoyment of your property. Since everyone has the right not to have the enjoyment of their property interfered with, everyone has the RESPONSIBILITY not to do anything that will interfere with others' enjoyment of their property.

Warm, Clean, and Safe Accommodations

All tenants have the right to a warm, clean, and safe accommodation. This right is protected through By-Law R2 and By-Law Z-2.

Tenants can report problems to:

  • The By-Law Enforcement Officer
  • The Rentalsman
  • The Building Inspector