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Can your landlord take your stuff?

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This article tells you what your landlord must do with any personal property you leave behind when you move or are evicted.


DOES THIS ARTICLE APPLY TO YOU?

This article is about tenants' rights under the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA). The RTA applies to most rental housing in Ontario, such as rooms, apartments, houses, mobile home parks, and retirement homes.

But some rental housing is 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, we have an online tool at www.cleo.on.ca/roommates that can help you find out if you are covered.

If your housing is not covered by the RTA, 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.