Hi. I have been renting a cottage on Lake Erie in Harrow, Ontario since Sep 2010. Me and the landlord do not have a rental agreement in place as he is a brother of a friend of mine. I am paying him $700 + utilities and we have agreed to go month to month.I just received an e-mail from the landlord that he wants to increase my rent through the summer months. Alegedly in the past, he says he has rented the cottage out for up to $1,200 / week in the summer months. Please advise what I should do. I really like the place and do not want to move out, however, I don't want to pay more rent either.Thanks,Lou.
State/Country relating to question: Canada
The landlord cannot increase your rent until 12 months after the tenancy started. Then, the landlord is allowed to increase the rent once every 12 months.
He is then restricted to raising the rent within certain set guidelines.
I would suggest contacting the landlord tenant board and running your fact situation by them and getting some advice.
At this point without a rental agreement, can he evict me without cause?
You do have a rental agreement.
You just do not have a written Lease.
You have a tenancy agreement. You are a month-to-month tenant and have the rights and obligations that any other tenant has.
So there is nothing that I need to do at this stage other then tell him that I refuse to pay him more rent. Correct?
That's correct but what I am suggesting is calling the board and they can give you information to pass on to him.
is this just standard documentation that they will give me to pass on to him? do you have the number for the board?
They may have standard documentation.1-888-332-3234
This applies to any taxes owing as well.
Sorry that was not part of your answer!
not clear what you are referring to regarding taxes...what are my responsibilites here?
should I be asking him if he is paying the mortgage and taxes or what? This guy is a real character. He went into collection with both hydro and water bills.
No. The website flipped into your question was I was chatting with someone else.I sayid that you was not part of your answer but I guess you missed that.
Mortgage and taxes should not be your concern and even if he loses the property you are not necessarily out.
The eviction would still need to be on grounds.
Ok. I will tell my landlord that he cannot increase the rent for the first 12 months. If he has issues with this, then I will get info from the board. Sound good?
That sounds like a good plan!
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