As a property management company, we find it important to inform tenants and landlords about their rights.  For our first informational series, we’re going to talk about the tenants’ rights when bound to a rental agreement.

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When it comes to approving or denying a potential tenant for residency in a property, the landlord or property owner cannot discriminate against you for a multitude of reasons.

  • Race, Religion, Ethnic Origin
  • Sex, Gender, Sexual Orientation
  • Marital Status
  • Family Status
  • Disability

Tenant Safety

  • Your property must be in good condition.
  • If there are damages in your property from the prior tenant, and you are aware of these damages upon move in, the landlord is still required to repair those damages in matters of safety.
  • The tenant must have access to essentials like heat, hot and cold water, electricity and fuel such as natural gas.
  • Your landlord must keep your home heated at 20°C during the time from September 1st, through June 15th.

Tenant Privacy And Protection

  • Your landlord can enter your property for many different reasons, however, they must give you a 24 hour notification before entering the property.
  • They can only enter between the hours of 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM.
  • In the event of an emergency, such as a gas leak, the landlord may enter the property at any time.

As a tenant within the rental property, you have many rights to keep yourself protected.  On the other side of that coin, the property is ultimately the landlord’s property, and they have just as many rights, if not more.  Both tenants and landlords have rights to the property, and it’s important that the relationship remains a positive one, with cooperation from both parties.