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Can your landlord take your stuff?

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What can I do to get my things back?

If your landlord has taken your belongings after following the legal rules described in this article, your landlord cannot be forced to return them. In that situation, you can try to make a deal with your landlord to get your things back.

But if your landlord takes or keeps your belongings without following the law, there are several things you can do. You can call the Ontario government's Rental Housing Enforcement Unit (RHEU) at 1-888-772-9277. Or, you can call the police.

There are also some legal steps you might be able to take. Depending on the situation, you could:

  • apply to the Landlord and Tenant Board to make your landlord return your things or pay you for them,
  • go to a Justice of the Peace and charge your landlord with an offence, or
  • sue in court to make your landlord return your things or pay you for having taken them.

Every situation is different. If you are thinking about taking legal action against your landlord, it is best to get legal advice first. See the next section for more information.