The Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) is the law that applies to rental housing in Ontario. The RTA sets out the rights and responsibilities of landlords and people who rent where they live. The Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) is a government organization that enforces the RTA.

  • Your landlord cannot ask for a rent deposit that is more than one month's rent. This rent deposit must be applied to the last month's rent.
  • Your landlord may ask you to pay "first and last month rent". The last month's rent is the rent deposit.
  • Your landlord may not ask for a damage deposit, an unreasonable key charge, or other fee or commission.
  • You have the right to ask for your rent deposit back if you are not allowed to move in.
  • Your landlord can ask for a rent deposit only before or when you move in. You have the right to refuse to pay a rent deposit after moving in.
  • You have the right to ask about the price of rent and any rental deposit before signing a rental agreement.
  • You have the right to be given a copy of your rental agreement and the landlord's name.
  • You have the right to know if the rent includes utilities, parking, etc.
  • Your landlord must pay you interest on your rent deposit once a year.
  • You have a right to deduct unpaid deposit interest from your rent once a year.
  • You have the right to rent increases that are limited by government regulation.
  • You have the right to 90 days' notice of a rent increase, on a specific LTB form.
  • In most cases, your landlord many not increase your rent for one year after you move in.
  • You may cancel an agreement with the landlord to increase rent, within five days.
  • You have the right to apply to the LTB to object to a rent increase.
  • Your landlord is not allowed to charge you for fixing wear and tear maintenance.
  • Your landlord cannot charge extra fees to supply heat (in winter), hydro, or water.
  • You have the right to a rent reduction if property taxes are cut.
  • Your should pay your rent using a cheque or money order. Don’t pay cash without getting a receipt.

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  1. Decide if your problem relates to moving out.
  2. Read Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to learn more about your rights and the law.
  3. Follow the Steps for instructions on starting a legal process to solve your problem.
  4. Review the Resources to find new and in-depth legal information about your problem.
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DisclaimerLast updated 07/30/2009