As a tenant, do you know who is responsible for damage done to the property you are renting?
The BC Residential Tenancy Act says that the landlord must make sure that the property is “suitable for occupation,” while the Ontario Residential Tenancies Act similarly dictates that the unit be in “good state of repair and fit for habitation.” This means that landlords are responsible for the repair of the unit, including such things:
- Electrical systems;
- Plumbing systems;
- Heating systems;
- Door locks; and,
- Structural items such as, ceilings, floors and walls.
Landlords are also responsible to repair anything else that may be included in the rent, such as:
- Appliances; and,
- Outbuildings such as garages or sheds.