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Rental Housing and the Code

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Good and affordable housing is a right for everyone.

In rental housing, people are often denied these rights because of their colour, a disability, their age or sex, or because they have children.

The Code may not apply if you simply don't agree with your landlord or tenant about something.

Most housing providers treat people fairly. But some do not and refuse to rent to people because of their religion or skin colour or because they are gay.

Some don't know about the Code — but they still have to follow it.

The Code applies to all rental housing. The Code may not apply if you simply don't agree with your landlord or tenant about something.

Most housing providers treat people fairly. But some do not and refuse to rent to people because of their religion or skin colour or because they are gay. Some don't know about the Code — but they still have to follow it.

Housing providers include:

  • Landlords or landladies;Home owners who rent out a room
  • Condominium owners
  • Government agencies that provide subsidized housing, for people with low incomes
  • Social service agencies that manage supportive units (such as apartments for people with disabilities)
  • Property management companies, including building superintendents, managers and caretakers.

The Code covers all public and private housing: apartments, condominiums, co-ops and houses.

The Code includes everything in rental : advertising, being evicted, the rental agreement, rules for living in the unit or property and using the swimming pool or party room.

The Code is for tenants AND landlords. By 'landlord' we mean anyone who rents out a room, house, or apartment.

Tenants should be treated without discrimination. Landlords must make sure that their rentals are free from discrimination and harassment. Both have rights AND responsibilities.

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