Living in a place requires regular maintenance and even repairs to keep things going smoothly. The Residential Tenancies Act identifies that landlords are legally responsible for repairs and maintenance; nevertheless, it can be a slow process to get your landlord on board and your repairs underway.
We suggest following this excellent Self-Help Kit created by the Federation of Metro Tenants’ Association (FMTA) for tenants looking to get repairs done. It offers a step-by-step guide to writing a formal letter of request for repair assistance and what to do if your landlord ignores your request.
Note: If you withhold your rent in hopes of getting your repairs done, your landlord can apply to evict you for non-payment of rent. We recommend seeking legal advice before withholding rent. Call the FMTA’s Tenant’s Hotline for free, confidential advice: 416-921-9494.