We value our relationship with our local landlords and thank-you for being considerate and supportive towards the housing needs of our students.
We recognize that the rental market may look a little different this fall, we would ask for you to consider:
- Plan for the move-in/out to maintain physical distancing as outlined in government guidelines
- Offer tenants short-term leases such as a month-to-month or weekly rental
- Consider offering all-inclusive rental rates that include WiFi to off set online learning
- Delay lease start dates – as in-class start dates will be delayed later
- Help and promote sublets and assignments between tenants – if needed
- Complete virtual showings of the unit, complete lease agreements online
The provincial government has put together directions for all residential landlords to follow during the pandemic which you can review at https://www.ontario.ca/page/renting-changes-during-covid-19
The Landlord Self Centre can be a great resource, please click here to go directly to their site. They have a variety of information and learning tools such as videos, modules, FAQs, fact sheets, and podcasts on their website.
At this time, there is a COVID module that has been developed – please review the link below to be taken to all modules:
You will find a fact sheet on COVID which talks about what residential landlords can be doing during the pandemic. Please review the link provided:
We would like to thank you for your continued support,
Standardized Leases – effective April 30, 2018
Effective April 30, 2018 the Government of Ontario will require the use of a standardized lease that will cover all new lease agreements signed as of May 1, 2018. Under a provincially-mandated standardized lease program, all new lease agreements for rental housing must use a universal template that is set out by the government. The general purpose of having a standardized lease is to use easy-to-understand language to assist with:
- landlords and renters understand their rights and responsibilities
- reduce illegal terms in leases and misunderstandings caused by verbal tenancy agreements
- reduce the need for Landlord and Tenant Board hearings to resolve disputes
Here is more info… http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page18704.aspx
Copy of Ontario’s standard lease
An Update to Lease Termination – Sept 8, 2016
As of September 8, 2016 tenants may be able to break their lease early if they are doing so to avoid sexual or domestic violence. This change in the Ontario Residential Tenancies Act allows tenants to provide 28 days’ termination notice. This amendment removes one of many obstacles victims face when they decide to leave their rented premise.
To use this provision of the Act, tenants have to provide their landlords with notice to end tenancy because of fear of abuse. Form N15 is used and can be found at: http://www.sjto.gov.on.ca/documents/ltb/Notices of Termination & Instructions/N15.pdf
The related legislation amendment can be found at: http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&Intranet=&BillID=2558