I am renting a house with 3 of my other friends and recently we all decided to go back to our country to visit our

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Customer: Hi, I am renting a house with 3 of my other friends and recently we all decided to go back to our country to visit our parents i want sub lease my room
JA: What province are you in? It matters because laws vary by location.
Customer: but the landlord is saying no because he said it’s in the lease clause it’s Ontario north York near yorku
JA: What steps have you taken so far?
Customer: he has denied us overnight visitors from the start till now I’ve just tried talking with him but gets mad and loud sometime so I asked one of my mail friend to talk but they ended up having argument and he asked that we all should leave if we will continue this behaviour when in reality we have compromised so much
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Hello and Welcome to JustAnswer. My name is***** will be working on your question today and I am looking forward to our conversation.

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Please note that the experts don’t text so there may be a bit of a delay. If you don’t answer back for a while I may not be online when you do but I will never desert you and will check back often. As well, as I am working from home it is possible that I will be interrupted but I will always return back as soon as I can.

I am sorry to hear of this difficult situation.

Do you share a bathroom or kitchen with your landlord?

Customer
Is there any way that he can stop me from subleasing or letting me help out a friend who needs a house for 1 month?
Customer
no I don’t share anything with my landlord
Customer
He has a garage but it’s closed on our side so we can’t access it
Customer
On the floor of garage we only have a entrance and laundry room
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Debra, Expert

First, you can have whomever you want stay overnight. The law is clear.

The law is that your landlord does need to consent to a sub-let but it is unlawful for him to deny his consent unreasonably.

And that provision in the lease is void as it is illegal to put that into a lease.

So you can tell him you won't be paying rent for the time when a sub-tenant could be living there and he refused and that you are happy to have a the landlord tenant board decide.

Does that help?

Customer
Just a question: what if I am not subleasing but letting a friend stay at my place when I am not there
Customer
Neither is any other house member
Customer
She will be alone. So COVID rules are also abided
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Debra, Expert

It would be the same thing as a sublet. He has to consent but he cannot unreasonably deny consent.

Customer
On what reasons he can deny?
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Debra, Expert

That the person is a criminal?

There really aren't any.

Customer
What if he says he had prior bad experience with his previous tenants subleasing their rooms
Customer
Can he deny me on that basis
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Debra, Expert

No. Definitely not.

Customer
What documents are required for subleasing?
Customer
what if he is giving 60 days notice because of this? I will have to move out then?
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Debra, Expert

He needs grounds to evict you and there aren't any.

There are no required documents though some would want a written lease with the sub-tenant.

Customer
But can I let my friend stay my room if he isn’t consenting?
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Debra, Expert

Not if you aren't there and also he can come and try and throw her out.

I suggest you call the landlord tenant board tomorrow to discuss.

Customer
How long does this process take?
Customer
I’m leaving on the 28th
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Debra, Expert

That's the question of the season. COVID has made things very slow.

Do you mean November 28th?

Customer
Hi
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November
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Debra, Expert

You likely won't even be able to get through to the Board by then.

But try. They will not be able to resolve anything but you can ask if they can direct where you can find something from them to provide to the landlord.

Customer
Okay thank you so much
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You are very welcome.

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