Written by Jackie MarchildonHopefully during your life as a renter you haven't had to rely on the Residential Tenancies Act too much. If that's not the case, you're likely well versed in some part of your rights, but maybe not all of them. Many of us renters rely on hearsay information we've picked up over the years and as it turns out, a lot of it is misconstrued or, in some cases, completely wrong.
Myth 1: You cannot be evicted during the winter.
Bonus tip: A lot of people think your utilities can't be shut off in the winter. While that is mostly true, the laws around this vary from province to province and there are instances to look out for. In Alberta, for example, electricity cannot be fully disconnected between October 15 and April 15, but the electrical company can install a limiter - a limiter allows you to run your furnace and a few lights but nothing more.
Myth 2: You cannot be evicted if you're pregnant.Another myth I've heard is that you cannot evict someone who is pregnant or who has small children. Generally speaking, if the pregnant person or parent with children has done something to merit eviction, they can be given notice to vacate the property. That sounds harsh, but if you think about it, if the law dictated that parents with small children couldn't be evicted, that would mean that a parent with a baby could avoid eviction for years until the baby was no longer considered a small child. That wouldn't really be fair to the landlord. Of course, when it comes time for the eviction hearing, the case for the parent can still be made and the eviction decision will be made based on specific circumstances.
Myth 3: You cannot be evicted because the landlord wants to use the property.
Myth 4: You can be evicted for sneaking in your pet (Ontario).
In Ontario, you cannot be evicted for sneaking in your pet, unless you rent in a condo that has board-regulated pet restrictions, your pet is causing allergic reactions or interfering with the enjoyment of the landlord or other tenants. In B.C. and Alberta, however, you can be considered in breach of your lease and can be evicted if you chose to disregard the no-pet clause.
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