Landlords are legally obliged to ensure that the rental unit complies with the rules and regulations pertaining to minimum standards for:
Before renting a property, it must meet:
- Municipal property standards
- Zoning bylaws
- Fire safety regulations
- Local building codes.
It is the landlord’s responsibility to ensure that acceptable standards are maintained throughout the duration of the tenancy.
- Maintain the tenant’s home in a good state of repair and fit for habitation and at the landlord’s expense comply with health, safety, housing and maintenance standards.
- Always ensure a reasonable supply of fuel, electricity, hot and cold water and other utility services (cable, Internet) unless the tenant has agreed to obtain and pay for these services.
- Not interfere with the reasonable enjoyment of the premises by the tenant and the members of their household, or their guests.
- Not seize, without legal process, a tenant’s property for rent default or for the break of any other obligation of the tenant.
- Not harass, obstruct, coerce, threaten or interfere with the tenant.
- Pay the rent on time.
- Behave well, clean the rental premises, repair damage caused by a willful or negligent act of the tenant or a person whom the tenant permits on the premises.
- Not harass, obstruct, coerce, threaten or interfere with the landlord.
- Contact the landlord as soon as possible when a serious problem arises involving repairs or services.
- Permit entry (with proper notice) for repairs or showing of premises for the next tenant or purchaser.