Residential Tenancies TribunalI am a Tenant - Tenant Responsibilities
What are the tenant’s obligations?
The tenant must:
Remember that you are living in a rental that someone else owns and cares about. It's important that you keep the rental clean (including things like the fridge and stove). You should also ensure that you and your guests respect your neighbors, and that you repair any damage that you or your guests have caused.
Can the tenant pay his/her rent late?
No. It must be paid on the agreed date. Your failure to pay rent on the date due would allow your landlord to commence eviction proceedings.
What are the rights and obligations of tenants of a rooming or boarding house?
Tenants of a room have the same rights and obligations as all other tenants.
Sharing these facilities involves a level of interaction between tenants which will require cooperation. Although tenants are not related, they are required to live in close proximity and interact in the common areas. This form of tenancy introduces some notion of collective rights such as safety, for example.
Note: A Residential Tenancies Officer has no authority to receive or deal with complaints or mediate disputes with respect to meals provided by the landlord.
What are the rights and obligations of tenants of mobile home sites?
Additional obligations for tenants of mobile home sites are:
What can the landlord do if I’m not fulfilling my obligations as a tenant?
The landlord can talk with the tenant and try to solve the issue.
The landlord can give the tenant a written complaint. The tenant has seven days to comply. For issues such as causing a disturbance or a nuisance, the tenant must comply immediately.
If the tenant doesn't comply, the landlord may request the tenancy be terminated by the Residential Tenancies Tribunal.
If the tenant doesn't comply with the Residential Tenancies Officer, then the tenant may be asked to move out.
Note: In an emergency, the landlord can contact the Residential Tenancies Tribunal immediately, without going through the procedure mentioned above.
There are special rules for issues with the payment of rent. (See section on Eviction)
Can I stop paying rent if the landlord is not making repairs?
Where can I find additional information on my responsibilities?
Please consult the Bulletins under the Forms & Resources section.