Glossary - Housing Law

tenancy

In Housing Law

A tenant’s legal right to live in their place. Usually this right comes from an agreement between the tenant and the landlord. This agreement might be called a tenancy agreement, a lease, or a rental agreement. It does not have to be in writing to be legal. It can be a spoken agreement or even an unspoken understanding.

tenant duty counsel

In Housing Law

Tenant duty counsel are lawyers and community legal workers who can help tenants at most Board locations across the province. They are also usually available by telephone if there is a telephone hearing scheduled. Tenant duty counsel can give free advice about legal rights, obligations and the Board process, help work out settlements with your landlord, or help you talk to Board mediators. There is no charge for tenant duty counsel services.

term

In Housing Law

The length of time that an agreement, such as a tenancy agreement, is meant to last. For example, a lease that goes from April 1 to the following March 31 has a term of one year. This is also called a fixed term tenancy. During this time, neither the landlord nor the tenant can end the tenancy unless the other one does something that seriously breaks the agreement.

When the term is over, it does not mean the tenancy ends. The tenancy automatically turns into a periodic tenancy unless the landlord or tenant does something to end it.

Term can also mean a detail or part of the agreement, for example, that the tenant will not hang things from their balcony railing, or that the landlord will provide parking for visitors.

termination

In Housing Law

A Notice of Termination is a form that a landlord or tenant uses when either wants to end their tenancy agreement. Termination date is the last day of a tenancy, according to a notice that a tenant or landlord gives to the other, or according to an agreement between them.

termination date

In Housing Law

A termination date is the last day of a tenancy, according to a notice that a tenant or landlord gives to the other, or according to an agreement between them.

Tribunal

In Housing Law, Human Rights

An agency that makes decisions about applying a set of laws to disputes between people. It is like a court but less formal. The Landlord and Tenant Board is an example of a tribunal. Another example is the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.

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