Area of Law: Landlord and Tenant
Answer # 426
Leases and month-to-month tenanciesRegion: Ontario Answer # 426
In Ontario, when a residential lease expires, and there is no new lease, the tenancy automatically becomes a month-to-month tenancy.
The main advantage for tenants with a month-to-month tenancy is that they have much more flexibility if they decide to move. A tenant under a month-to-month tenancy must give only 60 days’ notice before moving out. In comparison, tenants under leases would be responsible to pay for the full term of the lease even if they wanted to move out sooner.
If you are having trouble with your tenant or your landlord regarding a lease or other issue and would like help, call a lawyer now.
It is important to note that the Ontario Residential Tenancies Act affords many rights to tenants and leases generally do not give tenants any additional rights. The only risk for tenants without leases is that, in small buildings, or houses where the landlord is also the owner, there is a risk that the landlord can evict the tenant with only 60 days’ notice if the landlord claims that his or her family is going to move into the tenant’s unit.
For more information about leases and tenancies in Ontario, visit the Landlord and Tenant Board.
Help for Tenants
A criminal record will affect your ability to be approved for a residential lease. To erase your criminal record, learn more at Pardon Partners. It’s easier than you think.
If you are having financial problems, it may be difficult to rent an apartment or condominium. You can get help to clear your debt and repair your credit. For easy-to-understand debt solutions on your terms, contact our preferred experts 4Pillars and rebuild your financial future. With 60 locations across Canada, they will help you design a debt repayment plan and guide you with compassionate advice. No judgment. For help, visit 4Pillars or call toll-free 1-844-888-0442 .
If you are a Tenant, you can add your monthly rent payment to your credit report using FrontLobby. This can:
- Contribute to improving your credit score (Renters have reported 33pts to 84pts jumps)
- Help establish a positive credit history with a new rent tradeline
- Improve your access to credit related rewards (better bank loans, credit cards, mortgage rates)
Help for Landlords & Property Managers
For legal advice and assistance with a residential tenancy and applications to the Landlord and Tenant Board, contact our preferred Landlord and Tenant experts Nicola (Nick) Giannantonio Legal Services .
If you are a Landlord or Property Manager, you can report rent payments to Credit Bureaus and screen Tenants using FrontLobby. This can:
- Attract financially responsible applicants interested in building credit with their rent
- Decrease rent delinquencies (Landlords have reported 92% reductions) and recover unpaid rent
- Reduce Tenant turnover and improve monthly cash flow
Get legal help
If you are having trouble with your tenant or your landlord and would like help, call a lawyer now.
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