Terms and Conditions

Information for New Tenants

The Law

Most residential tenancies are covered by the Residential Tenancies Act (the RTA). This law:

  • gives landlords and tenants specific rights and responsibilities,
  • provides rules for increasing the rent and for evicting a tenant, and
  • creates the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB).

Exemptions

Some rental units are not covered under the RTA. For example, the RTA does not apply:

  • if the tenant must share a kitchen or bathroom with the owner, or the owner's family members
  • if the unit is used on a seasonal or temporary basis.

The role of the Landlord and Tenant Board is to:

  • inform landlords and tenants about their rights and responsibilities under the RTA, and
  • resolve disputes between landlords and tenants through mediation or adjudication, or by providing information.

Tenant Rights and Responsibilities

You have the right to:

  • security of tenancy - You can continue to live in your rental unit until you give your landlord proper notice that you intend to move out, you and your landlord agree that you can move, or your landlordgives you a notice to end your tenancy for a reason allowed by the RTA. Important: If your landlord gives you a notice to end your tenancy, you do not have to move out. Your landlord must apply to the LTB to get an order to evict you and you will have the right to go to a hearing and explain why your tenancy should not end.
  • privacy - Your landlord can only enter your rental unit for the reasons allowed by the RTA. In most cases, before entering your unit, your landlord must give you 24 hours written notice. There are some exceptions, however, such as in the case of an emergency or if you agree to allow the landlord to enter.

You are responsible for:

  • paying your rent on time.
  • keeping your unit clean, up to the standard that most people would consider ordinary or normal cleanliness.
  • repairing any damage to the rental property caused by you or your guests - whether on purpose or by not being careful enough.

You are not allowed to:

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  • change the locking system on a door that gives entry to your rental unit unless you get your landlord's permission.

Landlord Rights and Responsibilities

Your landlord has the right to:

  • collect a rent deposit - It cannot be more than one month's rent, or if rent is paid weekly, one week's rent. This deposit must be used as the rent payment for the last month or week of your tenancy. It cannot be used for any other reason, such as to pay for damages. A landlord must pay interest on the deposit every year.
  • increase the rent - There are special rules that limit how often your landlord can increase the rent and by how much. In most cases, a landlord can increase the rent only once a year by the guideline that is set by the Ontario Government. A landlord must give a tenant at least 90 days notice in writing of any rent increase and this notice must be on the proper form. Exceptions: Non-profit and public housing units, residences at schools, colleges and universities, and certain other accommodation are not covered by all the rent rules.

Your landlord is responsible for:

  • keeping the rental property in a good state of repair and obeying health, safety and maintenance standards.
  • providing you with a copy of your written tenancy agreement within 21 days after the day you signed it and gave it to your landlord. For most tenancy agreements first entered into on or after April 30, 2018, the landlord must use the standard lease form entitled Residential Tenancy Agreement (Standard Form of Lease).

Your landlord is not allowed to:

  • shut off or deliberately interfere with the supply of a vital service (heat, electricity, fuel, gas, or hot or cold water), care service or food that your landlord must provide under your tenancy agreement. However, your landlord is allowed to shut-off services temporarily if this is necessary to make repairs.
  • take your personal property if you don't pay your rent and you are still living in your rental unit.
  • lock you out of your rental unit unless your landlord has an eviction order from the LTB and the Sheriff comes to your rental unit to enforce it.
  • insist that you pay your rent by post-dated cheque or automatic debit. These ways of paying your rent can be suggested, but you cannot be refused a rental unit or evicted for refusing to give them.

Contact the Landlord and Tenant Board

Toll free: 1-888-332-3234

Toronto area: 416-645-8080

TTY: Bell Relay Service at 1-800-268-9242

Visit our website at sjto.ca/ltb

Visit your local LTB office. For office locations visit our website.

Last updated: April 2018

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Information on Charge Backs

The Tenant acknowledges receipt of this Resident Damages Charge Back Schedule from the Landlord setting out non-refundable fees and charges payable by the Tenant for services or facilities that may be provided by the Landlord, but which are not required to be provided under the Lease. These charges also include services the Landlord may provide, relating to the Tenant’s repair and maintenance obligations under the applicable legislation governing the Lease and the Leasee. If the Tenant does not comply with its repair and maintenance obligations under the applicable legislation and/or the Lease after request by the Landlord, then the Tenant hereby requests that the Landlord provide such services or facilities as necessary to bring the Tenant into compliance, agrees to pay all fees and charges specified in the Landlord’s Standard Charges. The Tenant acknowledges and agrees that the specified fees and charges are a genuine pre-estimate of the cost to the Landlord to provide the specified items services or facilities and services or facilities that are not required to be provided under the Tenant’s lease, and that the Tenant shall be responsible to reimburse the Landlord for the actual cost incurred by the Landlord.

Description Unit of measure  Charge*  Notes
Flooring                 
Carpet Square yard  Per contractor invoice 
Ceramic tile (broken) Each tile  $                               55 If matching tile is unavailable - charge will be calculated for new tile for entire room(s) Per contractor invoice
Ceramic tile (broken) Square foot  $                               12 If matching tile is unavailable - charge will be calculated for new tile for entire room(s) Per contractor invoice
Damaged wood / LVT floors Square foot  $                                 5 If small area is damaged you may be charged for entire room 
Painting
Bedroom Per room  $                             120 Additional painting costs incurred due to dark colours applied by tenants
Living room Per room  $                             150 Additional painting costs incurred due to dark colours applied by tenants
Bathroom Per room  $                               75 Additional painting costs incurred due to dark colours applied by tenants
Excessive patching of walls Per hole  $                               55 Per hole larger than a door knob. Repainting not included.
Replacement
Slab doors Each  $                             150 Including painting
Bi-fold doors Each  $                             188 Including painting
Sliding closet doors Each  Per contractor invoice 
Door knobs Each  $                               55 Plus material
Cabinet doors Each  Per contractor invoice 
Countertops Per lineal foot  Per contractor invoice 
Appliances Each  Per contractor invoice 
Bedroom light fixture Each  $                               75
Kitchen light fixture (light puff) Each  $                             300 Lense only $125
Bathroom light fixture Each  $                             113 Glass shade only $35 each
Medicine cabinet  Each  $                             150
Damaged tub finish Minor/Major touch-up Per contractor invoice
Electrical outlet/ switch Each  $                               15
Range hood,  vented Each  $                             225
Broken patio door handle Each  $                             113
Smoke detector Each  $                               38 Missing or broken
Carbon monoxide detector Each  $                               60 Missing or broken
Keys
Building entrance keys Each  $                               50 Per extra required
Apartment keys Each  $                               25 Per extra required
Electronic Fob Each  $                               50 Refundable fee If fob returned
Laundry card Each  $                               25 Refundable fee If card returned
Garage remote Each  $                             100 Refundable fee If remote returned
Mailbox Key/Lock Each  $                               25 If key available, If not, lock to be changed $50
Other
Disposal of items left behind Minor  Per contractor invoice 
Disposal of items left behind Major   Per contractor invoice 
Labour Hourly  $60/hr  Labour charged for items that are not covered above.
Additional Materials Each Material cost + 30% handling charge
   Professinal carpet cleaning Per contractor invoice
   Appliance cleaning Per appliance  $                             200

Information on Ontario Regulation Concerning Building Materials

A new regulation has come into effect in Ontario which requires all property owners to identify any material in buildings which contain or may contain asbestos, and to notify their employees. The purpose of the regulation is to protect workers and occupants when renovations or major repairs are done in homes, apartments or commercial space. This notice meets the requirements of the new regulation. Precautions are required before the relevant building materials are drilled, ground, broken, cut, vibrated or sanded.

You should not be surprised to find out that some materials may contain asbestos. Such building material is commonly found in most owner-occupied homes, rental buildings, schools, universities, hospitals, government facilities, offices and work places in Ontario.

Materials in building which may be subject to precautions (because they contain or may contain limited amounts of asbestos) include the following: vinyl floor tiles, drywall joint compound in the drywall walls, stucco wall plaster, ceiling stipple and ceiling tiles. Those materials are all non-friable, in other words they do not crumble under hand pressure.

Medical experts agree that non-friable asbestos containing materials pose no health risk unless they are being ground or sanded or otherwise worked on. In fact, Health Canada says, “asbestos fibre concentrations in the air in buildings are usually about the same as in the air outside.”

Since we take your safety and compliance with the law very seriously, we are pleased to inform you that we are taking the appropriate measures to be in full compliance with the new building material regulations.

For more information please visit:

https://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/faqs/asbestos.php

Regulation 278/05, Occupational Health and Safety Act November 1, 2007

Answers to possible questions:

1. What has triggered the new building materials regulation?

  • The Ministry of Labour takes worker safety very seriously, and periodically re-evaluates safety requirements. The concern with asbestos is when asbestos dust is inhaled. The Ministry has recently added new safety procedures for occasions when various building materials are being ground or sanded since that is when dust is created.

2. Why have I received the notice about building materials?

  • The notices have been required so that occupants of buildings (renters) do not conduct alterations or repairs, or otherwise disturb asbestos containing building materials since they may not know the required precautions.

3.  Are the building materials which contain asbestos safe?

  • Asbestos comes in different forms, and is held in different conditions. Loose (i.e. friable) asbestos requires more precautions than non-friable asbestos because it can become airborne relatively easily. Asbestos in solid material like floor tiles or in walls (called nonfriable asbestos) does not become airborne unless someone works on the materials (e.g. sanding, grinding or cutting the material). Until the asbestos fibres become airborne, they are perfectly safe. Health Canada says, “Asbestos fibre concentrations in the air in buildings are usually about the same as in the air outside.”

4. Wouldn’t it be better to remove the asbestos containing materials?

  • No, the scientific community agrees with government regulators that the concern about asbestos only arises when asbestos containing materials are disturbed. The recommended way to deal with the asbestos containing material is to leave it in place until the end of its normal useful life, and then remove it taking suitable precautions at that time.

5. Is there any risk to tenants?

  • No, the reason for the notice is to protect trades people and construction workers who may be exposed to dust from working with friable materials or from grinding, sanding or working with the non-friable material day in and day out. Apart from particles released during the process of grinding, sanding or cutting the non-friable materials (like floor tiles or walls), there is no danger from those building materials.

6. Where can I get more information?

  • Health Canada

https://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/faqs/asbestos.php

Information on Crime Free Multi-Housing Program

The following pertains only to select communities in the Ottawa region. You can find a full list of applicable communities at the bottom of this clause.

I/we acknowledge that the landlord participates in the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program for the premises for which I/we have applied, and that I/we must provide, amongst other things, an acceptable criminal records check to be approved for residency.

Neither I/we as tenant(s), nor any member of my/our household, nor any persons invited onto or near the residential property or residential premises by me/us or any member of my/our household, shall engage in any criminal activity, including but not limited to:

  • Sexual Offences/Public Morals and Disorderly Conduct (includes all sexual related offences)
  • Disorderly Housing/Gaming and Betting (ie; common gaming houses, bawdy house, etc)
  • Offences Against the Person (ie; stalking, assault, harassment, criminal negligence, homicide, Human Trafficking, etc.)
  • Offences Against Rights to Property (ie; theft, robbery, fraud, break and enter, etc.)
  • Offences involving Firearms and Weapons (ie; possession of substance, trafficking, etc)
  • Offences Under the Controlled Drug and Substances Act (ie; possession, trafficking, etc.)
  • Offences Under the Cannabis Act (ie; sale, distribution, possession under 19 years of age, etc)

Further, I/we as tenant(s), or any member of my/our household, or any persons invited onto or near the residential property or residential premises by me/us or any member of my/our household, shall not engage in any breach of the lease agreement that otherwise jeopardizes the health, safety and welfare of the landlord, his agent, or other tenant, or guest of that tenant.

I/we as tenant(s) acknowledge that no one will occupy/reside in the residential premises, as described above, without prior approval of the landlord including providing an acceptable Criminal Records Check.

For the purposes of this Addendum, “residential premises” shall include but not be limited to the rented residential unit, the building in which it is located, all common areas in and around the building, and any landlord-owned property used in common by tenants and/or guests of the building or adjacent building(s).

Violation of the above provisions, shall be deemed a substantial breach of the Tenancy Agreement, and shall be sufficient cause for a Notice to end a tenancy.

A single violation of any of the provisions of this added Addendum shall be deemed a substantial breach of the Residential Tenancy Agreement. It is understood and agreed that a single violation shall be sufficient cause for a Notice to end a Tenancy Agreement. Unless otherwise provided by law, proof of violation shall not require criminal conviction, but shall be predominant on the evidence.

In the event of conflict between the provisions of this Addendum and any other provisions of the Tenancy Agreement, the provisions of this Addendum shall govern.

This Addendum is incorporated into the Tenancy Agreement executed or renewed this day between myself/ourselves and the landlord.

Applicable Communities:

1 Ullswater Drive
1276 Dorchester Avenue
1394 Highgate Road
15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29 and 31 Rockway Crescent
180 Beausoleil Drive
1901-1917 Ogilvie Road & 1910-1922 Elmridge Drive
197 Cumberland Street
214 Metcalfe Street
218 Maclaren Street
225 MacLaren Street
235 Charlotte Street
236 Richmond Road
25 Elterwater Avenue
26 Rockway Crescent
27-37 Elterwater Avenue & 5 Ullswater Avenue
2768 & 2776 Rowatt Street, 112-138 Bradford Street and 2777 & 2779 Jamieson Street
2778 Rowatt Street
2780 Rowatt Street
2789 Jamieson Street
28 Rockway Crescent
2A Crystal Beach Drive
2B Crystal Beach Drive
3 Ullswater Drive
33 Elterwater Avenue
334-372 Zephyr Avenue and 2740, 2750A & B Marie Street
335 Metcalfe Street
341 Flora Street
381 Churchill Avenue North & 380 Winona Avenue
4 Crystal Beach Drive & 1 Elterwater Avenue
447 Somerset Street West
475 King Edward Avenue
485 King Edward Avenue
57 Bayswater Avenue
860 Blackthorne Avenue

Complimentary Bicycle Information (LIV Apartments Only)

LIV Apartments Complimentary Bicycle Use - 207 Bell Street North, Ottawa, ON

I/we acknowledge that my use of the complimentary bicycle provided by the Landlord/Owner of the building, is my sole responsibility and that the Landlord, any owner of the property, or any of their agents or employees shall not be responsible in any way for any injuries or damages sustained by me, or any other matters whatsoever in connection with my use of the said complimentary bicycle. I further acknowledge that I am solely responsible for any and all damage to the said bicycle, and for the full replacement cost of it if it is stolen while in my possession.

I/We have read and agree to all of the terms and conditions set out above.