Tenant Tips and Housing Considerations

Both Tenants and Landlords have many rights and responsibilities to the property and each other. Often your lease agreement will explain your rights and responsibilities as a tenant so be sure to read it thoroughly. For more detailed information, read the Landlord Tenant Board FAQ, the Residential Tenancies Act, or contact the Off-Campus Living Advisor. Common tenant rights applicable to students include:

  • Your landlord must give you twenty-four hours notice if they or a representative wish to enter the unit. Without twenty-four hours notice, you have the right to decline them entry into the property. This does not apply to emergency situations nor once you have given your sixty-days notice to vacate for showings, though a landlord must make a reasonable attempt to notify you before showings. 
  • You are not required to sign a Termination Agreement or new lease with your landlord, unless they are a member of the Queen’s Landlord Contract Program (LCP). Please be advised that it was announced on December 1, 2022, that the LCP is winding down, and no new properties are being added to the program after their existing contracts naturally expire.
  • Unless your landlord is registered in the Landlord Contract Program (LCP), you are not required to notify them of your intentions to sign a new lease or move out until a minimum of sixty days before the end of your lease. Please be advised that it was announced on December 1, 2022, that the LCP is winding down, and no new properties are being added to the program after their existing contracts naturally expire.
  • An N11 form in Ontario is an agreement between the landlord and tenant to terminate the tenancy. It is important to note that a landlord cannot insist that a tenant agrees to end a tenancy or sign the N11 form at the beginning of the tenancy or during the lease signing process.
  • You are not required to move out at the end of your lease agreement. In Ontario, all lease agreements roll over into a month-to-month tenancy unless you provide your landlord with a minimum of sixty-days' notice of your intentions to vacate, or a new lease agreement is signed. 
  • Rent increases can only be applied after one year of tenancy and an Ontario N1 form must be submitted to the tenants ninety days before the increase is to come into effect. The landlord may only increase the rent by the provincial mandated percentage. 
  • Landlords cannot ask for or collect security deposits in Ontario. Your landlord may ask for a rental deposit (i.e., first and last months’ rent) but that can only be applied to rent and cannot be used for anything else. 

Keep in mind these are just a few examples; it is encouraged that you read up about your rights and responsibilities as a tenant in Ontario in further detail by connecting to the Landlord Tenant Board or the Residential Tenancies Act.  

Looking for more rental resources? 

The Off-Campus Living Advisor (OCLA) provides guidance and support to students navigating off-campus living. The service is confidential and can be offered one-on-one or in group sessions to address specific concerns related to the Kingston rental market, tenant and landlord rights and relations, housing fraud, and student community issues. The OCLA supports a diverse range of students, including undergraduate and graduate students, both domestic and international and works closely with key stakeholders within the University and the broader Kingston community. The advisor covers a wide range of topics related to off campus living, including:

  • Navigating the Kingston rental market
  • Accessing housing search resources and tips
  • Selecting housemates
  • Reviewing lease applications
  • Resolving issues with landlords and/or housemates
  • Understanding the tenant and landlord rights and responsibilities
  • Identifying and avoiding housing fraud
  • Accessing City of Kingston services and processes

Off-Campus Living Advisor

Visit the OCLA website for more information about tenant rights and responsibilities, off-campus housing, and moving resources.

Queen's Legal Aid

Visit the Queen's Legal Aid Website if you are in need of legal advice or representation.