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Pets allowed with new mandatory lease form for tenants

Ontario is introducing a new, simple standard lease that will be mandatory for private residential leases signed on, or after, April 30, 2018 – including tenancies in single and semi-detached houses, apartment buildings, rented condominiums and secondary units (such as basement apartments).

Currently there is no standardized form for rental agreements between landlords and tenants in Ontario.

The new lease form is written in easy-to-understand language and is templated to capture basic information such as names and addresses, the total rent and when it’s due, and any rules or terms about the rental unit or building.

It also outlines the rights and responsibilities of both tenants and landlords, and explains what can (and cannot) be included in a lease. For example, landlords cannot ban guests or pets.

The form is required for most new private market residential tenancies including tenancies in single and semi-detached houses, apartment buildings, rented condominiums and secondary units (such as basement apartments).
It does not apply to most social and supportive housing, retirement and nursing homes, mobile home parks and land lease communities, or commercial properties. The government is planning to develop separate standard leases to address the unique needs of other types of residential tenancies.

A standard lease guide is to be available in 23 languages by April 30, 2018. There are approximately 1.25 million private rental tenancies in Ontario with an estimated monthly turnover of 19,000 units per month.

Click here to see the new lease form

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