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Renting a place to live (Fact sheet)

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When you rent a place, you are making a legal contract with your landlord. This is often called a "lease", "tenancy agreement" or "rental agreement". It can be in writing or just spoken. Make sure you understand what you are agreeing to.

The information in this article applies even if you live in public housing, or if your rent is subsidized or based on your income.

But some of this information might not apply in some situations, for example, if:

  • you live in a place that is used for business,
  • you share a kitchen or bathroom with the owner or the owner's close family member,
  • you live in some types of temporary housing,
  • you share space with or rent from another tenant,
  • you are a member of a housing co-operative.

Get legal advice in these situations.