The Community Legal Clinic can help. The Legal Clinic
holds clinics in each area of the County one day a week. They
also have duty council available at the Rent Tribunal. Their
clinic is free and they provide legal advice to tenants who
need assistance regarding any problems that relate to the
Tenant Protection Act. Call 1-800-461-8953 for an appointment
in your area.
A written note is not legal to evict you. The landlord
must give you an official Rent Tribunal form to evict you no
matter what the reason.
The N4 form is the first step in the eviction process. No
papers are filed with the Rent Tribunal at this point. If you
owe the amount of money that is stated on the N4 form and you
pay it within the 14 days the notice is cancelled. If you owe
the money and cannot pay it within the 14 days the landlord
can file with the Rent Tribunal on the 15th day for a Writ of
Possession. If you want legal advice call the Community Legal
Clinic at 1-800-461-8953.
You must file the dispute form that is attached to the
notice WITHIN 5 DAYS if you wish to fight the eviction. It is
very important that you plan to attend the hearing if you
want to fight the eviction. If you want legal advice call the
Community Legal Clinic at 1-800-461-8953.
YOU CANNOT WITHHOLD RENT BECAUSE THE LANDLORD DOESN’T DO
REPAIRS. The landlord can evict you for non-payment of rent.
You should give your landlord a written request to do repairs
by a certain date. If the repairs are not done and they make
your place unsafe you may wanted to call your area building
inspector who can issue work orders against the landlord. You
may also wish to file a T2 for with the Rent Tribunal. The
Tribunal may find that you are entitled to rent abatement
because repairs are not completed. You may want legal
assistance through the Community Legal Clinic to file these
papers. Call 1-800-461-8953.
If you live in a rooming situation where you share a
bathroom and/or a kitchen with the landlord, he can ask you
to leave without notice. If your landlord does not share a
bathroom and/or a kitchen he must follow the rules under the
Tenant Protection Act to evict you for any reason.
It is illegal for your landlord to harass or discriminate
against you. The landlord must give 24 hours written notice
to enter your apartment for a specific reason such as
necessary repairs (unless it’s an emergency). If you want
legal advice call the Community Legal Clinic at
Talk to the tenants about what has occurred in the last
two months to cause the problem. Refer them to the Housing
support service in your area. Qualified counselors may be
able to assist the tenants to resolve their problem. They may
be eligible for additional financial assistance. The
counselor may also be able to mediate a resolution to avoid
The landlord can raise the rent by the percentage set by
Rent Control each year. Notice for an increase in rent must
be done in writing 90 days ahead and should be on the
official rental increase form provided by the Rent Control
office. You may call the Rent Control office at
1-800-461-2882 for information regarding the rate for this
year and where to get forms.