As of April 30, 2018, the Ontario government requires most landlords to use a standard lease.
Landlord and tenant rights and responsibilities remain the same under the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 (RTA).
Information on Ontario's standard lease can be found at
In addition to the Ontario Standard Lease, we included additional terms that both parties agree to. Below are sample terms we generally use. Please note that all additional terms may not be listed as they are property specific. All terms are thoroughly discussed during a lease signing.
Except for casual guests, no other persons shall occupy the premises without written consent of the Landlord.
Tenant shall not make alterations to the premises (including painting walls) without Landlords written permission and consent.
Tenant shall be responsible for damages caused by his/her negligence/recklessness and that of his/her family or invitees or guests.
The Tenant agrees to take due precautions against freezing of water or waste pipes (for example, leaving windows open in winter, not notifying landlord of heating issues in a timely fashion, breakage of furnace) and stoppage of the same in and about the premises and if water or waste pipes become clogged by reasons of the Tenant’s neglect or recklessness such as, flushing items other than toilet paper down toilet, the Tenant shall repair the same at his/her own expense as well as pay for all damage caused.
Tenant shall keep and maintain the premises in a clean and sanitary condition and upon the termination of the tenancy shall surrender the premises to Landlord in as good condition as when received. This includes cleaning the fridge, stove, floors and removing all garbage, furniture and personal belongings from the property.
No items other than toilet paper will be flushed down the toilet (including flushable wipes, tampons, sanitary napkins, paper towel and condoms).
No hotplates or cooking appliances in any room other than the kitchen.
The tenant agrees not to remove smoke detector/carbon monoxide detectors or their batteries.
The Tenant agrees to notify the Landlord of an intended absence of more than seven days and will permit the Landlord to enter the premises during the absence if reasonably necessary.
NO SMOKING POLICY: Tenant, and/or Tenant’s family or guests shall not smoke within the dwelling. This includes cigarettes, cannabis/marijuana, cigars, pipes, electronic cigarettes (e-cig or e-cigarette), personal vaporizer (PV) or electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS). This policy is in effect to mitigate (i) the irritation and known health effects of second-hand smoke; (ii) the increased maintenance, cleaning, and redecorating costs from smoking; and (iii) the increased risk of fire from smoking. Tenant is responsible for damage caused by such devises and agrees to pay for all costs associated with the damage caused (such as cleaning, painting, and other associated costs).
Tenants are not permitted to sit on any roof on the property (main house and/or garage), or to climb on any roof to hang signs/banners, etc.
Tenants are not permitted to sit, climb or lean on any porch railing (if any exist on the property). Additionally, tenants must adhere to any posted occupancy notices for use of balconies or porches.
Barbequing on covered porches (balcony or porch with a roof) is strictly prohibited as it is a fire hazard. Additionally, BBQ’s need to be at least 2 feet from any building or structure.
Window coverings, including blinds and curtains, are the sole responsibility of the tenant(s).
The Tenant agrees not to assign or sublet any room at the premises or allow any other person to occupy the leased premises without the Landlord’s written permission and consent. The Landlord shall not unreasonably withhold consent. The tenant understands that they are responsible for any/all damaged caused by a sublet.
Tenants are prohibited from using Airbnb or any "sharing" site that operates in the manner of Airbnb to rent any part of the property, including parking spaces (or the garage if one is present on the property).
Tenant(s) understand that the house/unit does not come with air conditioning and that the rental price is such due to the absence of air conditioning. If any tenant chooses to install any form of air conditioning, the tenant(s) agree to pay an additional $100.00 per unit for the months the unit is in use.
The Tenant understands it is their responsibility to provide their own Tenant’s insurance coverage for their contents and their personal liability.