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Tenant's Guide

The Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) gives guidelines for the relationship between landlords and tenants. It also provides an efficient and cost-effective way to settle disputes. Not all rental housing is included in the RTA. University and college residences, hospitals, municipal homes, prisons, reformatories, some nursing homes, and hotels are not governed by the RTA.

Generally, only rented housing falls under the rules of the RTA. However, lease-to-own arrangements fall under the RTA until the tenant owns the premises. It is a good idea to make the purchase and sale agreement and the lease two separate, signed agreements.