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Introduction

The Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) is the law that applies to rental housing in Ontario. The RTA sets out the rights and responsibilities of landlords and people who rent where they live. The Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) is a government organization that enforces the RTA.

  • You have the right to be given a copy of a written rental agreement.
  • Your rental agreement cannot make rules that limit your rights under the law (RTA).
  • You and your landlord can agree to end the rental agreement at any time.
  • Your landlord cannot force you to agree to end your rental agreement once it has been made.
  • In most cases, once an agreement has been made or you have moved in, your landlord cannot make you sign a new agreement to end it at a new date.
  • You do not have to move out or sign a renewal or new lease to stay in your rental unit at the end of a fixed-term lease.
  • When your tenancy agreement has reached its end date, it is renewed automatically on a monthly basis (if rent is paid monthly) or a weekly basis (if rent is paid weekly).
  • You do not need to sign a new fixed-term lease on the last day of the lease. All the rules of the old lease still apply.
  • You have the right to enforce agreements made with your landlord.
  • You can apply to the LTB to enforce rental agreements even if they are not written.
  • If your landlord is trying to evict you or end your tenancy without your agreement or because of something she or he says you have done, click here.

Learn more

  1. Decide if your problem relates to moving in.
  2. Read Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to learn more about your rights and the law.
  3. Follow the Steps for instructions on starting a legal process to solve your problem.
  4. Review the Resources to find new and in-depth legal information about your problem.
  5. See the Links for news and other helpful websites.

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DisclaimerLast updated 07/30/2009