Landlord and Tenant Board Matters
Landlord and tenant matters are governed by the Landlord and Tenant Act. The Act sets out the rights and obligations of landlords and tenants and establishes the Landlord and Tenant Board to hear disputes and issue orders.
The Act applies to most residential rental units, including apartments, houses, mobile home parks and rented rooms. It does not apply to commercial properties, social housing, or units in for-profit cooperative housing.
Landlords and tenants have different rights and responsibilities under the Act. Landlords must provide their tenants with a written copy of the Act, and must disclose certain information about the rental unit (e.g., the rent amount, the existence of any mold/pre-existing damage). Tenants must pay rent on time, keep the rental unit clean, and not cause any damage.
If there is a dispute between a landlord and tenant, either party can apply to the Landlord and Tenant Board for an order. The Board can order the other party to do (or stop doing) something, or it can award damages.
The Landlord and Tenant Board is a quasi-judicial tribunal, which means that it is similar to a court. The Board is independent of both landlords and tenants, and its decisions are binding.