In the case of a temporary lease agreement, the lessor is obliged to grant the tenant an extension of the contract three months before the expiry of the term. If the lessor does not offer an extension and the tenant decides to stay in the unit, the contract is automatically renewed for another period of limited duration. What about a person renting a room at home? The code allows a person who lives in their home and rents out part of that house to discriminate in choosing a tenant. For example, a person who rents a free room in the house where they live may have a preference for a tenant of the same sex as they are. A person who rents part of a house that he owns but does not live, or who owns a duplex but does not live in one of the apartments, is excluded from discrimination and does not fall within this narrow exception. Why not sublet an apartment? The Code prohibits discrimination in the case of subletting of rental housing. Neither the landlord nor the tenant who has a sublet at the front can discriminate when subletting an apartment. What can a landlord consider when choosing a tenant? Landlords can protect their property by choosing suitable tenants and refusing undesirable tenants based on non-discriminatory criteria. The owner and landlord can verify candidates based on relevant qualifications through application forms, interviews and reference exams. The landlord and the lessor may receive all information relating to an applicant that is relevant to his qualification as a tenant as long as the information is not used for discriminatory purposes. For example, a lessor may inquire about the source and amount of an applicant`s income to assess the applicant`s ability to pay rent.
However, a landlord cannot refuse to rent to someone solely because his income comes in whole or in part from social assistance or pension. When landlords establish rental qualifications or requirements, they must ensure that the requirements are necessary to ensure the choice of a qualified tenant. A qualified tenant is a person who can make available to a landlord or landlord the following persons: While a tenant is still required to pay the rent in full and on time, it is now temporarily prohibited for a landlord to collect a late fee if the tenant does not pay the rent. This prohibition applies regardless of whether the lease allows the landlord to charge late fees in general. Termination by the landlord (buyer or lessor intends to move to a rental unit) (Form 11A) (New – valid from March 1, 2013) A lessor must use this form if he terminates a rental agreement because he intends to settle in the unit. If a contract is automatically renewed because a lessor does not offer a renewal of the lease agreement, the tenant has the right to cancel the renewal contract by granting the lessor a period of payment of rent. Damage to pets Deposit A landlord who allows a tenant to keep a pet in the rental unit may charge the tenant a deposit for damage to pets up to 1/2 month`s rent. This deposit is stored by the owner until the end of the lease. From 1 March 2013, rental fees may be increased if the number of people living in the unit increases at any time.
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