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Harassment and discrimination

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Tenants have a legal right to live free from harassment and discrimination by their landlord, by those who work for their landlord, or by other tenants. This article explains these rights as well as tenants' right to privacy in their home.


IF YOU SPEAK FRENCH You have the right to get services in French from the Landlord and Tenant Board and the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. This includes the right to a hearing before a French-speaking Board or Tribunal member or having an interpreter arranged and paid for by the Board or Tribunal. You may also have the right to services in French from some of the other offices mentioned in this article.


DOES THIS ARTICLE APPLY TO YOU?

This article includes information about tenants' rights under the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code. These laws apply to most rental housing in Ontario, such as rooms, apartments, houses, mobile home parks, and retirement homes.

There are types of rental housing that are not covered by the RTA. For example, you might not be covered if you live in a place that is supposed to be used for business, share a kitchen or bathroom with the owner or a close family member of the owner, or live in some types of temporary or seasonal housing.

Also, the RTA does not cover some types of shared living. If you share rental housing or you rent from another tenant, CLEO's online tool at www.cleo.on.ca/roommates can help you find out if you are covered.

If your housing is not covered by the RTA, much of the information in this article does not apply to you. If you are not sure, click here to find out where to get legal advice.

The information about discrimination in this article may still apply to you, even if the RTA does not.