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 landlord gives you a notice to end your tenancy for a reason allowed by the Act.
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 Board 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 Act. 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:
- change the locking system on a door that gives entry to your rental unit unless you get your landlord’s permission.