Tenants' rights


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.

  • Tenants' rights and responsibilities under the RTA apply to most rental housing .
  • You have the right to ask the LTB to enforce your rights and for money as compensation.
  • Your landlord can't raise your rent for at least 12 months after you move in.
  • Rent increases are limited by law and landlords must give 90 days' notice of an increase.
  • Landlords must keep rental housing well maintained and fix any disrepair.
  • Landlords must pay interest to you each year on your rent deposit.
  • You have the right to privacy.
  • You have the right to be free from discrimination, harassment and excessive noise.
  • You have the right to the proper supply of water, electricity, heat and fuel.
  • You have the right move out with proper notice.
  • You have the right to assign or sublet your rental housing.
  • If your landlord tries to evict you, you have the right to a hearing before the LTB, which gives you a chance to defend yourself and ask for relief on compassionate grounds.
  • You have the right challenge illegal evictions.
  • Landlords cannot refuse to rent to you because you are on ODSP, OW, or CPP-D.
  • If you live in a care home, a mobile park or land lease community, extra rules apply.

Learn more

  1. Decide if your problem relates to tenants' rights.
  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.
  5. See the Links for news and other helpful websites.

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DisclaimerLast updated 07/30/2009