Ontarios New Standard LeaseThe New Ontario Standard Lease

Starting April 30, 2018, Ontario landlords of most private residential rental units – from individual landlords to property management companies – must use the standard lease template for all new leases.

The standard lease uses language that is easy to understand in order to ensure landlords and renters are clear about their rights and responsibilities. The Ontario government hopes it will:

  • reduce illegal terms in leases and misunderstandings in verbal tenancy agreements; and
  • reduce the need for Landlord and Tenant Board hearings to resolve disputes.

The standard lease will apply to most residential tenancies in Ontario, including:

  • single and semi-detached houses
  • apartment buildings
  • condominiums
  • secondary units (i.e. basement apartments)

A standard lease is not required for tenancies that have special rules or partial exemptions under the RTA, including:

  • care homes (i.e. retirement homes)
  • mobile home parks and land lease communities
  • social and supportive housing exempt from the rent rules under the RTA (i.e. housing subject to operating agreements under certain programs or where the tenant receives publically funded rent-geared-to-income assistance

Frequently asked questions about the New Standard lease

  • When must the new standard lease be used?

  • What can happen if you don’t use it?

  • How should a landlord get ready for it?

  • What are some of the key points in the standard lease?

  • What terms should a landlord add to the standard lease?

Download the full document here for answers to all of the questions above.

This article by John Dickie
Dickie and Lyman
Lawyers LLP.

Want to check out a copy of the new Standard Lease, we added a link to it from our first blog post about this.

You can download a sample of the new lease in our Previous Article here