Do I have to pay a deposit when I rent a new place?Updated June 17

Apply to the Landlord and Tenant Board

To ask the to make your landlord give back your money, you will need to file an .

For illegal deposits or rent, you will need to file a T1 – Tenant Application for a Rebate of Money the Landlord Owes.

Use CLEO’s Guided Pathway to complete Form T1 – Tenant Application for a Rebate of Money the Landlord Owes. This is a free online interview that helps you complete the application to the Landlord and Tenant Board.

After you file the application, the Landlord and Tenant Board will set a date for a hearing. It is a good idea to get legal advice before your hearing.

If you have a low income, you can call your local community legal clinic and try to make an appointment to discuss your situation.

If you can’t get help from a community legal clinic, you can contact the Law Society Lawyer Referral Service for a free half hour consultation with a lawyer or licensed paralegal. Or you can contact JusticeNet, a non-profit organization that can connect you with a lawyer or licensed paralegal who has agreed to work for reduced fees.

If you live in a city where there is a Board regional office, and you can’t find legal help, you might be able to speak to Tenant Duty Counsel. But they are usually busy helping tenants who have eviction hearings that day and they might not have time to talk to you.

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