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Laws that Apply to Renting

The person who pays rent for a place to live is called the tenant. The person who rents out the place is called the landlord. Both landlords and tenants have legal rights and duties.

Why this Information is Important

The Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 is the law that deals with renting a place to live. It sets out certain rights and duties that are part of every rental agreement. Even though landlords and tenants might never talk about the Standard Conditions - set out under the Regulations to the Act – they are still part of every rental agreement. If a landlord or tenant does not comply with the Act they can be required to pay the other party for damages or losses that result. A landlord and a tenant cannot agree that any part of the Act will not apply to them. That kind of agreement cannot be enforced.

Situations Covered by the Act

The Act applies to almost all situations where living spaces are rented. This includes…

  • rentals in both urban and rural areas
  • rental agreements entered into by people who are under 18
  • mobile home rentals
  • most "room and board" situations
  • senior residences that provide meals and accommodations

Situations Not Covered by the Act

The Act does not apply to…

  • living accommodations and a business located together and rented under a single agreement
  • a farm or acreage rented to the person who is farming the land
  • residences rented to students and staff by educational institutions
  • personal care homes
  • residences that are under very long-term leases (for life or more than 20 years)

The Act also does not apply to a number of temporary living arrangements such as stays in hotels or motels for less than six consecutive months, or stays in crisis or emergency shelters, hospitals, the YMCA, YWCA or Salvation Army.

Other Laws

There are other laws that also apply to landlord-tenant situations, including fire regulations, housing standards and human rights laws. In addition to the rights and duties set out by the law, landlords and tenants are free to negotiate additional terms of their rental agreements.

In addition to the information you will find here information is available from the Government of Saskatchewan, including approved forms that can be used for things like ending a rental agreement or applying for the return of a security deposit. In some cases, approved forms are required. All approved forms are also available from the Office of Residential Tenancies (ORT).

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