It comes as no surprise that there is a large amount of rental units in the south peel region. Nowadays, more and more residents are turning to rental units as their preferred choice of accommodation. I mean why wouldn’t you rent? You pay your monthly rent; and you pay your hydro bill every month. You don’t have to worry about a mortgage, property taxes or any additional expenses.
So where is the landlord in all of this? You may have an arrangement where you share the unit with your landlord or your landlord lives off-site. Either way, your landlord is cashing those post-dated cheque’s every month.
What if your landlord starts making unusual requests? Now what? You can contact the Landlord and Tenant Board of Ontario. The objective of the board is to inform landlords and tenants about their rights and responsibilities under the Residential Tenancies Act and to provide dispute resolution.
After speaking to several clients and researching this topic, I’ve come up with a list of what I think are unrealistic landlord requests.
1. You are not allowed to have more than 2 visitors a month.
2. You are not allowed to have any overnight guests.
3. You are not allowed to hang pictures on the wall.
4. If you want to use the refrigerator you have pay up.
5. Can you hook me up with your friend?
6. I can come into your unit whenever I want.
7. No pork allowed in the unit.
8. Your shower cannot be longer than 10 minutes.
9. No alcohol is allowed in the unit.
10. You must give me notice if you are gone for more than a week.
In closing, as a tenant you are afforded a set of rights. If you feel that your landlord is overstepping his/her boundaries, please contact The Landlord and Tenant Board of Ontario.