Under provincial and municipal law, landlords have certain duties. In many Ontario municipalities, these duties include keeping properties at a minimum level of care and maintenance. However, these landlord and tenant issues can sometimes be more complicated than they seem on the surface as tenant behaviour and communication can also play a role in the dispute.
Such is the case in a legal battle taking place in Bradford. The tenant in the case has accused her landlord of not taking care of necessary maintenance. Among the accusations are a claim that the stove has not been working for a year, the grass was not cut and that the staircase was in disrepair and caused injury.
However, the property manager claims there are two sides to this story. She claims the repairs cannot be completed because of the tenant’s behaviour, which includes yelling at contractors and making false accusations. As is the case with many issues like this, the tenant has gone to the Landlord and Tenant Board with her complaints in hopes of a resolution.
Different municipalities may have different specifications for the minimum maintenance standards of rental properties. In this case, the tenant's alleged issues with disrepair would be investigated by a bylaw officer. The bylaw officer would give written notice to the landlord with a minimum timeframe to complete any needed work. This process is designed to resolve landlord and tenant issues; similar systems can be found in other Ontario municipalities. Landlords and tenants who wish to understand their rights and the legal process in a similar dispute should discuss their case with a lawyer.