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Ontario|Landlord & Tenant
428 Do tenants have rights if they only rent a room? Most tenants are covered by the Tenant Protection Act, which sets out the rights and obligations of residential landlords and tenants. Generally, tenants who rent a single or shared room have the same rights as most other residential tenants in Ontario. However, if they share a kitchen or a bathroom with the owner or the owner's immediate family members, special rules apply.
A tenant who shares a kitchen or bathroom with the owner or the owner's family does not have a legal right to remain living on the premises without the owner's consent, and can usually be evicted at any time without notice. The exception is if the tenant enters into an oral or written agreement with the owner and the owner breaks the agreement by forcing a tenant to move out early, or disposes of a tenant's property. In both instances, the tenant may be able to sue the owner in Small Claims Court if they have evidence to prove their case.
If a tenant is evicted and the owner refuses to return the tenant's personal property, the tenant should call the police. A local legal clinic may also be able to provide additional information and advice about tenancies not covered by the Tenant Protection Act. Legal clinics are listed in the Blue pages of the telephone book, and on the Legal Line Guide and website.