Tenants and landlords who know their legal position are better able to set up rental arrangements that meet their needs. They are also more likely to be able to work out fair solutions if problems come up. If the parties are unable to work out their own solution, either party can apply to the Office of Residential Tenancies (ORT) for help. ORT can also provide information about the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants, as well as approved forms, sample leases and other documents.
There are specific laws that deal with the rights and responsibilities of renters and landlords.
Finding a place to rent can be time-consuming. However, it’s important to look for a place that fits your needs and is within your budget.
When you and the landlord agree that you will rent a place you are entering into a rental agreement. Some terms can be decided between you and the landlord but the landlord cannot use the agreement to take away any of your rights as a renter. Terms will generally include things like the rental rate and payment terms, security deposits, and rules about cleaning and repairs and a landlord's right to enter the rental unit.
There are steps you need to take if you decide you want to move out of a rented place. There are also circumstances when a Landlord can evict a tenant. It's important to understand the rules about notice, leaving property behind, and the return of security deposits.
Sometimes landlords and tenants can resolve an issue themselves. If the issue cannot be resolved The Office of Residential Tenancies can make an order to settle the matter.
PLEA can provide you with information to help you understand many legal matters you, a family member or friend may be facing.