Me and a few of the other tenants in my building are having issues with the property manager. We have been messaging him

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Customer: Hey there. Me and a few of the other tenants in my building are having issues with the property manager. We have been messaging him multiple times over the last bunch of months. I had a plug stop working and he would not get back to me after 3 msgs. So I hired an electrician myself to figure out the issue as I needed that plug. The electrician said my neighbour is paying for some of my power. I'm paying for some of the other neighbours. Which I'm told is illegal. He also brought up that there is no fire separation between the upper and lower units. It's just wood floor and drop ceiling in my apartment. Our hydro Bill's are extremely high due to the lack of insulation in the floors. Which we have been bugging him about for the last handful of years. My neighbours apartment is cracking along the walls and the floors are getting springy like the subflooring is rotting. I have mold growing in my entrance way which he just said to spray with bleach. Which is not a permanent fix. All issues we have been bringing up for years. Among other issues. We are afraid to make an ltb claim because we fear he will evict the whole building and we will be left with no place to go. Our rent is below normal pricing due to the length of time we've all been living in the building. Or we are afraid of a possible condemning of the building. I dont believe we are quite there. But I just want to know our options before making a claim. If you could help that would be great. Thank you.
JA: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state the property is in?
Customer: Ontario canada
JA: What are the terms of the lease? Any issues related to maintenance or upkeep?
Customer: No lease. Month by month rental. Issues are stated above
JA: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: Not at the moment
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Hello! My name is Debra (formerly known as Legal Ease). Thank you for your question. I'm reviewing it now, and will post back again shortly.

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Debra, Expert

I am sorry to hear of this difficult situation.

In Ontario that laws that protects tenants is the Residential Tenancies Act.

The Act provides that it's the Landlord's responsibility to keep the home in good repair.

You may not withhold rent but have other options available to you. Before you exercise these options you have to make your requests to the Landlord in writing.

After that one option is to call the government agency that enforces housing by-laws and regulations if you feel these are being breached.

At the same time you can file a complaint with the Landlord Tenant Board.

Here is a link to the form you will need to do this:

http://www.sjto.gov.on.ca/ltb/forms/

Use T6

You will note that on this form you can ask for a rent abatement, or to pay some of the rent to the Board until the repairs are done. You can also ask to do the repairs and get paid back or have the landlord do them.

Does that help as a starting point?

Please feel free to post back with any follow-up questions you may have. If you don't have any then I hope I have earned a 5 star rating but if you don't feel that I have please don't hesitate to reply back and let me know what more I can do to assist you. Finally, please know that even after you rate me I will be here for you and you can ask follow-up questions if you think of them later on at no further charge of course.

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