As of April 30th 2018, the Province of Ontario has made the use of a new standard lease mandatory for most rental dwelling tenancy agreements. You can obtain the Standard Lease here.  There is a section that addresses additional terms, which landlords may add to the standard lease. If you compare the governments standard lease with your current lease, you will see it may not protect you as well as you would like.  HDAA members can purchase the additional “Terms & Conditions” package created to ensure that a more comprehensive Lease Agreement is available for Landlords. This is a one-time fee, as long as you are an HDAA member in good standing, you will be able to use the forms.If the standard lease is not used in a lease signed on or after April 30, 2018, then once in their tenancy, a tenant can make a written request for a standard lease. If the landlord does not provide a standard lease within 21 days, then the tenant can withhold one month’s rent that comes due. Then the landlord has 30 days to provide the standard lease, or the tenant can keep that month’s rent permanently, and/or end the tenancy. Even if the landlord produces a standard lease, the tenant has 30 days to decline to accept that lease, and end the tenancy on 60 days notice to the end of a month of the tenancy.

The full Lease package includes:

* Terms & Conditions and Compatible Standard (The Government’s Standard Lease Agreement is included with Terms & Conditions and Compatible Standard to make one convenient file.) *see list of headings below
* Rental Application
* Assignment Agreement
* Guarantee
* Sublet Agreement

PRICE CHART:

Version
Members with
1-10 Units
Members with
11+ Units
PDF
           $149 $249
Electronic
                  $199                     $299
Both
$299 $399

Please note that this is a one-time fee. As long as you are an HDAA member in good standing, you will be able to use the forms.

PDF Printable Forms
The PDF print format allows the Landlord to complete all of the information in the required forms using the fields and then print the forms for ink or pen‐on‐paper signatures by the Landlord and Applicant/Tenant/Guarantor, etc.  If this format and method is selected, the Landlord must ensure that they provide the Tenant with a copy of the signed Tenancy Agreement and Additional Terms within 21 days of it being signed in order to comply with the Residential Tenancies Act.

Electronic Forms
The electronic format allows Landlords to complete all of the information in the required forms using the fields and then send them, via email, to the Tenant to be signed. On this format, there is a “complete form” button at the bottom. This button is only to be selected once the Landlord has entered all of the information into the forms. Once the “complete form” button is clicked on, the fields are locked so that a Tenant cannot change any of the information. The only fields left unlocked are fields the Tenant(s) needs to complete to sign the documents. Clicking the “complete form” button also prompts the user with a “save as” dialogue box; you must save the file with another name so that it does not overwrite the original and lock it.

To purchase the HDAA complete Lease forms, you must sign and return the Terms_of_Use_HDAA 2018 form via email to info@hamiltonapartmentassociation.ca  and indicate which package you would like to purchase.  Or call us for more information 289-208-5445

The following is a list of the headings of the additional sections to the Standard Lease Agreement.

18. Occupants
19. Possession Delayed
20. Payment of Rent
21. Occupant Spouse Bound
22. Covenants
23. Bankruptcy
24. Use
25. Condition of Rental Unit
26. Care of Rental Unit
27. Maintenance Issues: Written Notice Required
28. Right of Entry by Landlord
29. Reduction in Services or Facilities
30. Harassment and Interference with Tenants, Landlord
31. Smoking or Burning of Any Substance in Rental Unit
32. Rules and Regulations:
• A Parking
• B E-Bikes, Mobility Scooters, etc.
• C Fire
• D Noise
• E Notice: Video Surveillance
• F Access
• G Painting and Alteration
• H Light Bulbs and Fuses
• I Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms
• J Shades and Balconies
• K Signs
• L Pets
• M Vermin
• N Garbage and Recycling
• O Cannabis
• P Noxious Substances
• Q Laundry Rooms
• R Appliances
• S Moving
• T Locks
• U General
33. Assignment and Sublet
34. Abandonment of Rental Unit by Tenant
35. Insurance
36. Issues About Damage to Property
37. Liability
38. Indemnity of the Landlord
39. If Rental Unit Rendered Unfit
40. Termination of Tenancy at End of Term
41. Waiver
42. Severability
43. Rental Application
44. Guarantor’s Liability
45. Obligations are Joint and Several
46. Notices to Tenants and Spouse
47. Use of Personal Information and Privacy
48. General
49. Entire Agreement
50. Signatures