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Tenants living with children

Region: Ontario Answer # 427

Tenant’s right to live with children

Tenants have the right to live with children and not be discriminated against, as long as there is no illegal overcrowding. However, tenants have a responsibility to ensure that their children do not unreasonably disturb other tenants by making excessive noise or committing illegal acts. If a tenant is refused housing or evicted because they have children, it is considered discrimination under the Ontario Human Rights Code. If you are having trouble with your tenant or your landlord and would like help, ask a lawyer now.

Eviction possible if children disturb other tenants

If a tenant’s child is unreasonably disturbing others, the landlord first has to notify the tenant by giving them an opportunity to solve the problem. If the problem continues, the landlord may apply to the Landlord and Tenant Board to evict the tenant. If the landlord applies to evict a tenant because of the tenant’s children, the tenant will have an opportunity to attend a hearing and explain their side to the Board.

If a landlord refuses housing or attempts to evict a tenant because of their children, the tenant can contact the legal clinic in their area or speak with someone at the Ontario Human Rights Commission to determine what their rights and options are.

What can a landlord do before evicting a tenant?

Landlords can take steps to ensure that families with children are not harassed by neighbours because of the normal noise associated with children. If necessary, landlords can explore options such as moving the complaining tenant, or providing soundproofing where it is possible to do so without undue hardship.

For more information about tenant rights, 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, ask a lawyer now.

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