The 7 things a landlord can do while renting

Posted June 18, 2021 13:41

Can the landlord enter the property without your consent? It is one of the most common questions my clients ask when renting a property. If you are renting it is important that you know your rights, but that you also know about those actions that the owner can carry out even if they do not seem legal.

The first thing you should know is that a landlord cannot refuse to rent based on: religion, race, gender, age, sexual orientation, family status, or disability. If you are new to Canada or if you have children, no one can deny you your right to rent.

Now, what can the landlord do legally?

1. Inspect the property. The owner has the right to carry out an inspection as long as he announces the inspection. Additionally, you can show the property to future tenants or make repairs even if you have not requested them.

2. Remove window coverings. If you decide to cover your windows with sheets, sheets, or other material that has not been approved by the landlord, the landlord can remove them. The best option will always be to ask the owner before proceeding or check if they are included in the lease.

3. Restrict repairs. Like the curtains, the landlord must authorize any repair or alteration that you wish to carry out, such as: built-in furniture, floors, among others.

4. Increase the rent. Only if it is allowed under the law, this can happen. If possible, the owner may increase a certain percentage.

5. Make repairs whenever need it. In most cases, the owner can decide the priority of some repair. This is why while responding quickly to a gas leak or electrical problem, you may not act as quickly to repair your air conditioner.

6. Reserve a fatal event. You may assume that the landlord should tell you if a death occurred on the property you rent, but they are not. The owner is obliged to do it only if you ask.

7. Not telling you about floods. As you read it, the owner can reserve to share this information. Our advice? Be thorough when viewing a property and noticing certain odors such as mold, as these are an accurate indicator of floods or irregularities that are harmful to your health.

It is important that you know your rights and duties as a tenant through official government sources and/or professionals in the sector. Doing this will allow you to better understand when the landlord makes certain decisions or when it is time to defend your rights.

Are you renting or would like to rent but still have some doubts? Contact me through my social networks or email. I will make sure you get all the information you need.