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Do I need a lease?

Yes. In fact the Ontario Standard Lease is required for tenancies entered into on April 30, 2018 or later. Exceptions to the standard lease are care homes, sites in mobile home parks and land lease communities, most social housing, sharing with the landlord or member of their immediate family or co-operative housing.  However, in all cases, you should have something in writing to formalize your agreement.

Does my lease expire?

Yes your fixed term, the obligation period, expires but your right to continue living in the unit does not end.  You do not have to move out just because your lease has expired. Your landlord might assume you don't know what expire means in this rental situation and may give you a form to sign saying that you must choose between renewing your lease or moving out. You do not have to choose either of these. If you do not choose either of them, your tenancy will automatically continue on a month‑to‑month basis. Sometimes this can be better, for example, if you know you want to stay past the end of the lease but you are not sure you want to stay for another full year.

The exception is units in the Landlord Contract Program (LCP.) LCP units have the right to require new fixed term leases each year.  Not sure if this applies to your unit? Send an email to Student Community Relations.

Can the landlord ask me to fulfill 100% of the terms of the lease?

Unless otherwise agreed, in the additional terms under Section 15 of the Ontario Standard Lease, if there is more than one tenant, each tenant is responsible for all tenant obligations under the lease agreement. You can be required to pay a housemate’s rent, pay for damages caused by the willful or negligent acts of a housemate or their guest, and you can be evicted for a housemate’s behaviour.