Landlords who rent to students may face unique challenges in their rental agreements. In Ontario, landlord and tenant issues have emerged regarding the number of people allowed to attend a house party at a leased property. The policy limiting guest numbers, which was put in place over St. Patrick's Day, was said to be related to fire codes. However, one tenant is taking action as she believes the policy is illegal.
According to the tenant, she came to the conclusion that the property management company could not limit guest numbers for a St. Patrick's Day party based on Section 22 of the Residential Tenancies Act. She arrived at this conclusion after speaking with the city bylaw office, the fire department and a lawyer. When she approached the property manager, the tenant was not allowed to see the building's fire safety plan.
The building owners plan to provide wristbands for guests, who must carry IDs and be accompanied by a tenant. According to the Ontario Landlord and Tenant board, tenants do not need a landlord's permission or approval to host guests. Currently, the tenant in question has received 766 signatures on a petition designated for the property manager.
Landlord and tenant issues often have many sides, and safety issues should not be taken lightly. However, tenant's rights should be considered in any policy a building management company or landlord puts in place. Those who are facing landlord and tenant issues should seek the counsel of an Ontario lawyer or paralegal with experience in these issues.
Source: CBC News, "Landlord may be breaking tenant act with St. Patrick's Day guest limit", Carmen Ponciano, March 15, 2018