Although most landlords work hard to keep their properties safe and habitable, some do not. The Residential Tenants’ Right to Repair Act outlines the recourse that tenants have in such situations. It also provides detailed information on the limitations of the Act, which must be followed to ensure the protection of your tenant rights. If you are experiencing poor living conditions or are struggling to have essential repairs made, the following can help you understand how this Act may apply to your situation.
Deducting Repairs from Rent Due
Under the Tenants’ Right to Repair Act, tenants have the right to use a portion of their rent to pay for necessary and reasonable repairs to their dwelling. This right is not without limitations, however. The tenant cannot simply make the repair. Instead, they must notify the landlord, in writing, by registered or certified mail. If a response is not received and the repair has not been made within 14 days of the receipt of the notice, the tenant may then pay a tradesperson to complete the repair. It should be noted that the amount cannot exceed $500 or one-half of the tenant's monthly rent (whichever is lesser). Further, the damage cannot have been caused by the deliberate or negligent acts of the tenant or their animals or visitors.