When you rent from a landlord, it’s always in both of your best interests to have a good relationship. Unfortunately, sometimes this doesn’t always happen.
Renters should be aware of their rights as a tenant and how to appropriately handle any issue to avoid any legal repercussions.
Does my landlord have the right to visit?
Renters may not realize it, but landlords have various situations where they’re allowed to enter the property, with or without notice. It’s in both people’s best interests to know ahead of time. In Ontario, landlords may enter without notice due to an emergency, if the tenant decides to let them in, if it was decided that the landlord will need to regularly visit to clean the rental unit and if both the tenant and landlord have agreed to end their rental agreement, the landlord can show the space to other prospective tenants without notice.
Besides these scenarios, landlords are expected to give renters at least 24 hours written notice before stopping by, which should include details such as why the landlord needs to stop by and when the landlord plans to visit. While a landlord is allowed to stop by, landlords are expected to limit the number of times they visit.
In Ontario, tenants may deny the landlord entry if it doesn’t follow the Residential Tenancies Act, but it being an inconvenient time isn’t a good reason to.
What issues might you encounter?
When you rent a property, it’s expected that both you and the landlord will come to an agreement into who will handle property maintenance, such as snow shovelling or mowing the lawn, and that certain rules may be set.
If you’re renting an apartment, it’s expected that you’re living in a manner that follows the building’s rules, such as avoiding excessive noise at night or not smoking indoors if it’s against the building’s rules. If you live in a way that violates the city’s bylaws, the police can be called which may lead to warnings or fines.
The landlord has the right to ask a tenant to either clean up their space, if it’s extremely dirty, or make repairs to the unit, if they damaged it, through either a verbal or written request. http://rentingtoronto.com/how-to-handle-issues-with-your-landlord/ http://rentingtoronto.com/how-to-handle-issues-with-your-landlord/If you don’t comply, the landlord may take their issue up with the rental authority. If you feel that you’ve been wrongfully accused of a situation, you may need to gather proof and witnesses to show otherwise.
Meanwhile, landlords are expected to complete emergency repairs in a timely manner, but tenants must be aware that they’re not allowed to withhold rent as leverage since that could lead to your eviction.