It’s wise to be aware that as a roomer, your rights are somewhat vague. Since you are not technically classified as a “tenant” (unless you have both a private kitchen and bathroom), you may not be offered any of the protection normally offered by the Residential Tenancies Act.
To ensure you do not encounter any legal issues with your Landlord, it is a good idea to develop a lease. For help with your lease agreement see the Landlord and Tenant Board website.
For more information contact the Board at at 416-645-8080 from the Toronto area or toll-free at 1-888-332-3234 from outside Toronto or check their website.
It is often a good idea to solidify your verbal contract with the landlord with a written contract called a "Lease Agreement."
This agreement should contain the following information:
- Names of all parties involved [landlord(s), tenant(s), roomer(s) and subleter(s)]
- Signatures of all parties involved
- Address of rental premises
- How much rent will be paid
- When and where rent will be paid
- Confirmation of who will pay for which utilities
- The amount to be paid for a deposit
- Who will supply and maintain appliances
- Number of persons occupying the rental premises
- Under what circumstance the Landlord will enter the premise
- Period of time the Landlord agrees not to raise rent
- Subletting specifications
- Whether tenant is permitted to smoke or house pets
Include in your lease any oral promises made by the Landlord, including any needed repairs.
We recommend that you consult with your lawyer before completing a lease agreement.