Every province has different laws about renting, and landlord and tenants rights and responsibilities. These are general guidelines that apply in most provinces. Contact your local tenants office to get the exact rules.
- The landlord will ask for a security deposit in case you damage the apartment.
- In some provinces, landlords can ask for the first and last months rent, before you move in.
- In other provinces the security deposit cannot be more than one half of one months rent.
- Make a list of repairs needed before you move in and go over the list with the landlord and ask for written promise that the repaies will be done before you move in.
- Always get a receipt when you pay the landlord
- If you are asked to sign something and you aren't sure what it is, don't sign it. Always be sure you understand what you are signing.
- Get everything in writing
- The landlord can ask for letters of reference.
- The landlord has a right to do a credit check to determine if you are able to pay the rent.
- Landlords can not refuse to rent to you if you receive social assistance-as long as the amount you receive is enough to pay the rent.
- Landlords are not allowed to ask personal questions, such as how long have you lived in Canada, whether relatives will be visiting or whether you plan to have (more) children.
- It is legal for the landlord of a building for senior citizens to refuse to rent to you if you have children living with you.
- The landlord can not charge "key money"- money other than the first and last months rent.
- You can not be charged extra such as
*paying for a new paint job
*buying the fridge and stove(if the really don't come with the apartment you might be better buying your own new ones, so you can take them with you)
*paying to clean the carpets
*paying a fee for getting the apartment when there's a waiting list(this is also called key money)