Not sure if you're moving yet? Know your rights.
February 9, 2018 at 18:27 pm
This time of year, many students are making decisions about whether or not to stay in their current rental properties. Whether you plan to stay where you are, move to a new place, or are still making your choice, take the time to know your rights and responsibilities.
I am planning to move:
I am planning to stay:
If you have been living at your current property for one year, you may now be considered a month-to-month tenant. You also may have been asked to sign another year lease, as May-April leases are typical in student neighbourhoods. If you are ever unsure of anything on your lease, feel free to contact Jennifer in the McMaster Off-Campus Resource Centre (email@example.com).
I am not sure of my plans:
Remember that your landlord cannot start showing your room to other tenants until you have given written notice that you are moving out. (RTA – Section 26.3.)
If your lease goes until April 30th, keep in mind that you must let your landlord know by March 1st or you could be held responsible for subsequent rent(s), as outlined above. Though it is courteous to let your landlord know your plans as soon as possible, you should not feel pressured to meet any date or deadline besides the required sixty days written notice.
You can always ask for help:
Every situation is unique. In some cases, the RTA may be applied differently (ie. When a group lease is involved). If in doubt, refer to the RTA on-line: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/06r17#BK45, or contact Jennifer in the McMaster Off-Campus Resource Centre (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call Hamilton Community Legal Clinic (905-527-4572).