Housing

Housing is an essential need when you are in a new community. In this section you will find information about different types of housing, how to look for a place to rent, landlord-tenant relationships and how to buy and finance a house.

Rights and Responsibilities

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When do I have to tell my landlord that I am moving out?

Before you move out, you have to let your landlord know that you are leaving. This is called "giving notice." You can make an oral agreement but it is a good idea to have a written agreement.

How much time or notice you have to give your landlord depends on your rental agreement:

  • If you pay rent by the day or week, you must give 28 days’ notice (for example, if you want to leave on March 1, you have to give notice by February 1).
  • If you pay rent by the month, you must give 60 days’ notice.
  • If your lease is fixed for a period longer than a month, you must give 60 days’ notice.

When you give notice, you have to let your landlord know what day you want to end your tenancy. This must be the last day of the rental period. For example, if you pay rent by the month, the last day of your tenancy must be the last day of the month.

You can contact a legal clinic or housing help centre for more information. To find help in your area, call 2-1-1 and talk to a Community Information Centre (1) representative.

For more information:

(1) Community Information Centre
http://www.211ontario.ca

(2) A Guide to Residential Tenancies Act:
http://www.settlement.org/sys/library_detail.asp?doc_id=1004363

(3) Landlord and Tenant Board:
http://findlink.at/ltb