Written Agreements must include:
- Standard Conditions.
- The correct legal names of the parties.
- The address of the property.
- The date the agreement was reached.
- The service address and telephone number of the landlord or agent and/or an emergency contact number.
- The date the tenancy will begin (commencement date). If the agreement is for a fixed term, the agreement must also include an end date. If there is no end date, it will be considered a monthly tenancy.
- The periodic term of the rent (whether weekly, monthly or other).
- The amount of rent and whether it varies with the number of occupants (if so, how much?).
- The date that rent is to be paid.
- Who pays utilities?
- What services and facilities are provided?
- The amount of any security deposit and when it is to be paid.
The tenant's obligation to pay rent is suspended if the landlord does not, within 20 days of entering into the tenancy agreement:
if tenancy agreement is in writing, provide the tenant with a copy of it;
if there is no written tenancy agreement, provide to the tenant in writing:
the address of the landlord or the landlord's agent where the tenant may send or deliver notices;
the telephone number of the landlord or the landlord's agent;
a telephone number that the tenant may contact in the case of emergencies, including emergency repairs, if that number is different from the number required by clause 2.
In a building with more than one rental unit, that includes a common area, the landlord shall post and maintain in a conspicuous place or near the main entrance a prominent notice with the landlord’s legal name, and the address for service of notices and telephone number of the landlord or landlord’s agent.
A fixed term tenancy of three months or longer must be in writing.
Agreements or parts of an agreement can only be changed by the agreement of both parties. The one exception is a notice to increase the rent.
A landlord cannot charge for processing any tenant's application to rent.