Is The Problem With Your Landlord A Legal Matter?
Most issues that arise between a landlord and tenant can be resolved without legal intervention.
It is important to understand where to turn when things escalate, but also to know your rights when it comes to dealing with a difficult landlord. By acting appropriately, and responding quickly, you may be able to save yourself the cost and hassles of going to trial.
Know Your Rights Under The Residential Tenancies Act
The Residential Tenancies Act was created to protect tenants, but also give landlords rights when dealing with difficult, non-paying tenants. If you are being evicted, you must review the Act to ensure your landlord is not violating your rights.
Your landlord can evict you if:
- You have not paid rent, or you are consistently late with payments.
- You or your guest has committed one ore more illegal acts on the property.
- You have caused property damage.
- You or your guest disturbed the landlord or other tenants unreasonably.
- You have more people than allowed living within the unit.
- You lied on your application, such as exaggerating about your income.
- Your landlord is destroying the building for extensive repairs or remodeling.
An owner must file an application with the Landlord and Tenant Board. You should note, however, that a landlord is not restricted by seasons. They can evict you in the middle of winter as long as they have a valid reason for doing so. But that doesn’t mean you would be helpless. You also have rights against eviction. Tenant dispute lawyers can assist you if your landlord tries to evict you because:
- Your children are too loud.
- You have pets (which are allowed in the lease).
- You are being discriminated against due to race, religion, sexual preference, or age.
- You have joined a tenant association board.
When To Contact Tenant Landlord Lawyers
There are instances where you may need to employ the services of tenant lawyers. These situations may include:
- When Landlords Refuse To Make Necessary Repairs: If your repair request is for something needed, such as a broken furnace in the winter, and your landlord refuses to fix it, you may have a legal claim against them. Excessive repair requests for unnecessary repair items may not constitute legal action.
- When Landlords Fail To Fulfill Promises: Some landlords may make promises to encourage a tenant to move in, such as promising to replace a security system. If you have moved in and the landlord fails to fulfill that pledge, you may be able to hire a lawyer to enforce the repair or cancel the lease agreement.
- You Are Ill Or Injured: If you have been injured because of the landlord’s failure to maintain a safe property or you became ill due to mold or other toxic infestations, you will need to speak to a lawyer immediately.
Contact Expert Tenant Lawyers Now
There are numerous instances where you may need tenant dispute lawyers.
If you are ever unsure if your landlord issue is a legal matter, contact a lawyer for a consultation. A tenant lawyer can advise you of your rights, but also ensure that your landlord fulfills their duties required by law.
For questions about your landlord dispute, contact the tenant-landlord lawyers at Horlick, Levitt, Di Lella, LLP now by calling 416-512-7440 or complete an online contact form.