Tenant Rights and Responsibilities

Tenants' and landlords' rights and responsibilities are currently governed by the Residential Tenancies Act.  Tenants can obtain information about their rights and responsibilities from the Housing Resource Centre and legal advice from the Peterborough Community Legal Centre.

The Landlord Tenant Board website has full text of the Residential Tenancies Act and information sheets covering a number of landlord-tenant issues.  You can also download forms for Landlord and Tenant applications to the board.

The Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) website has clear language materials on legal topics that affect people with low incomes and others who are disadvantaged.  You can read CLEO's publications online and order print copies free of charge.  You can also visit CLEONet, a project of CLEO, for a collection of community legal education resources, news and events from organizations and legal clinics across Ontario.  CLEONet is for community workers and advocates who work with low-income and disadvantaged communities.

The Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO), works with legal clinics, tenant associations and other groups to improve housing situations and address housing issues thorugh test case litigation, lobbying and law reform, housing policy work, community organizing and public legal education.  ACTO does not provide direct service to tenants.  However, ACTO provides information sheets for tenants which may be used as aides and guides for a wide array of housing related topics.