9 Responsibilities of Landlords

February 03, 2019 Sam

There are many duties that a landlord must fulfill. From ensuring that the rental property is well maintained, right down to meeting all regulatory compliance, a landlord has a lot to do. Here are some of the duties that a landlord must perform.

  • First and foremost, it becomes the duty of the landlord to ensure that they are well versed with the Residential Tenancies Act, Rental Fairness Act and other applicable government and state laws and acts. At the same time, it is the duty of the landlord to ensure that the tenancy is in compliance with these laws and acts.
  • The legalities surrounding the business of property rental differs from province to province in Canada. For example, some municipalities in Canada do not issue permits to secondary properties such as basement suites. It is the duty of the landlord to have a clear understanding of these legalities to ensure proper compliance.
  • The landlord should register the tenancy and prepare to provide the tenant with a regular ‘receipt or statement of paid rent’.
  • It is also the duty of the landlord to ensure complete safety compliance of the property. If such legal requirements are not met, the landowner could be forced to pay a fine and take down the rental property.
  • It is the duty of the landlord to investigate any complaints of disturbances or safety concerns and attempt to resolve them to the best of their ability.
  • The landlord may also have to accommodate certain special needs of the tenants. For example, if a tenant has a disability, the landlord might need to make certain structural changes to the unit and/or the entrance, structure, etc.
  • It is the duty of the landlord to ensure that the tenant can easily get in touch with any agencies or third-party service providers associated with the property.
  • If applicable, then it is the duty of the landlord to get the property insured.
  • If there is a need for termination of tenancy or need for eviction, it is the duty of the landlord to provide the tenant with a valid written notice in advance.

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Sam is passionate about real estate and frequently writes in online industry magazines columns. The views expressed are her own