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Renting a Self-Contained Basement Suite

The agreement between you and the landlord will be subject to the Residential Tenancies Act with respect to the matters covered by the Act.

For matters that are not dealt with by the Act, or if you and the landlord agree to more than is required by the Act, the agreement between you will provide the rules for your relationship. For example, the rules about responsibility for repairs can be agreed between you.

Other laws may also apply for matters such as public health and human rights.

If this is the first time that the owner has rented out the property, or if this is the first time you have rented a place to live, you might want to review the following sections to be sure that you and your landlord are familiar with the requirements of the Act.

Items that should be included in the lease agreement:

  • Security deposit
  • Inspection of the property
  • Rent
  • The type of tenancy – periodic or fixed term
  • Landlord and tenant obligations under the Residential Tenancies Act.

May 2005