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Navigating Ontario Rental Laws 101

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An overview of key rental laws and regulations for landlords in Ontario.

Welcome to our guide on navigating Ontario’s rental laws. Whether you’re a seasoned landlord or a tenant, understanding the legal framework is crucial for a smooth and successful tenancy. In this blog post, we’ll break down the key aspects of Ontario’s rental laws, offering insights and clarity to both landlords and tenants.

Lease Agreements: Building a Strong Foundation

A solid lease agreement is the cornerstone of a successful landlord-tenant relationship. It not only outlines the terms of the tenancy but also sets expectations for both parties involved. In Ontario, a lease should cover essential details such as the duration of the lease, rental payment terms, and the responsibilities of both the landlord and the tenant.

Landlords should ensure that lease agreements comply with provincial laws, and tenants should carefully review the terms before signing. Understanding the lease creates a transparent environment, fostering a positive and cooperative living arrangement.

Eviction Procedures: Knowing Your Rights and Responsibilities

While eviction is an undesirable scenario, it’s crucial to be aware of the procedures in case it becomes necessary. Ontario has specific guidelines for eviction, and both landlords and tenants should familiarize themselves with these regulations.

For landlords, knowing the legal reasons for eviction, following proper notice periods, and adhering to the Residential Tenancies Act are essential steps. Tenants, on the other hand, have rights and protections during the eviction process. Understanding the process helps in resolving disputes and ensures fair treatment for all parties involved.

Navigating Ontario’s rental laws is a continuous learning process. This blog post has provided an overview of crucial aspects, but there’s much more to explore. Stay tuned for upcoming blogs where we’ll delve deeper into specific topics, empowering you with the knowledge needed for a successful and harmonious renting experience.

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Critical Condition Report

It’s in the name! A critical condition report includes detailed photos, expiry dates, model numbers and more. It must be done at your earliest opportunity, and ideally, before a tenant moves in.

This report provides a reference for future inspections, assists in litigation, and minimizes future repair costs.

Rent Collection

Stop chasing payments!

Our electronic rent collection system collects rent automatically and tracks it through our mobile app. 

Tenants who pay through other methods will still have their rent deposited through Renti, tracked in the mobile app, and electronically deposited into your account.


Income and expenses in the palm of your hand. 

There’s no more need for spreadsheets, sticky notes, or late-night number crunching.

Monitor live data on your rental income and property expenses, and print custom reports for the annual tax season. 


Not all properties are alike, and some require a third party to assist with general maintenance such as replacing furnace filters and topping up of water softener salt.

Whether it’s a unique property or your personal preference, let’s discuss your needs and how Renti can help.

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Tenant Locating

We’re happy to cooperate with your real estate agent, or you can let us handle everything with one of our preferred real estate agents. Learn more about our proven process to qualifying tenants below.

Property Visits

Included with Renti’s standard property management services is one annual visit, as well as a move-in and move-out inspection between tenants.

If you require additional visits, whether for personal preference, to perform regular maintenance, or to satisfy your property insurance policy, we will coordinate visits on the fly, or at set intervals.

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Leave the complex tax paperwork to us! We will handle your monthly remittance and annual NR4 forms, ensuring you’re always in compliance without the stress.

Timely and Accurate Reporting: No more deadlines to remember. We take care of everything on time, every time, providing you with peace of mind and avoiding potential penalties.

Ready to simplify your non-resident withholding tax responsibilities? Contact us today.