New changes for Landlords starting on April 30, 2018, where most private residential rental units – from individual landlords to property management companies – must use a standard lease template for all new leases.

This is being done so:

  • Landlords and renters understand their rights and responsibilities
  • To reduce illegal terms in leases and misunderstandings caused by verbal tenancy agreements
  • To reduce the need for Landlord and Tenant Board hearings to resolve disputes

The standard lease form contains:

  1. Mandatory fields that must be completed and cannot be altered or removed.
  2. Optional additional terms, which  allow landlords and renters to agree  to terms or responsibilities that are unique to the rental unit and additional terms not consistent with a mandatory term of the lease or the RTA, are considered void and unenforceable.
  3. General information for landlords and renters on rights, responsibilities and void/unenforceable conditions.

A lease signed on or after April 30, 2018, must be a standard lease. If the standard  lease is not used renters can ask the landlord for one in writing. The landlord must provide one within 21 days.

Renters cannot ask for a standard lease if they signed a lease before April 30, 2018, unless they and their landlord negotiate a new lease agreement with new terms on or after this date. Also, renters cannot ask for a standard lease if they sign a fixed-term lease before April 30, 2018, and it renewed automatically to a month-to-month tenancy after April 30, 2018.

If a landlord fails to provide the standard lease within 21 days after a renter has asked for it in writing, the renter may withhold one month’s rent.

For a copy of this Standard Form, or if you have any questions, contact me directly or visit: mah.gov.on.ca/Page18704.aspx