My landlord rejected my lease. Ontario, canada. Upkeep. The landlord has been very complicated to work with
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Customer: My landlord rejected my lease
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: upkeep
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Customer: The landlord has been very complicated to work with
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Hello, thank you for the question.  Can you please explain more what you mean when you say that the landlord rejected your lease?

Customer
I've been on a fixed term lease for a year now (ended Aug 1st). I reached out as a good tenant to ask if there are any considerations to be had with myself getting a dog and the landlords flipped and refused to meet with me. They then sent me a new fixed year lease that included a no dogs provision. I signed and submitted last Friday knowing that they can't legally include that. Now I have received an email stating that they will not be accepting my year lease (the one they sent to me) because they want to renovate sometime in the future and there have made me a month to month tenant
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Ulysses101, Expert

But there was a new year long lease signed by you?  Do you have a copy?

Customer
I signed and submitted to them. I emailed it to them so I have a hard and digital copy.
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Ulysses101, Expert

Then you can reply to them that you accepted their offer of another year long lease, and you expect them to abide by the terms of the contract.

Check it to see what it says about early termination, under any circumstances.  If there's anything strange there please let me know.

Customer
Okay. They hadn't sent me their signed version back so the document only has my signature. Is that a problem? I have proof they sent me the lease for the next term. Checking early termination now
Customer
The termination agreement is just the standard Landlord and Tenant Residential Agreement 2006
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Ulysses101, Expert

They sent it to you, and you signed it and returned it.  It would be better if they had signed it too, but in law you can rely on the fact that they sent it, that's an "offer" and by signing and sending it back you "accepted".  After all, why would they have sent a lease that they didn't like themselves?

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Then you have a new one-year lease, in my view.  They'll try to evict you so save your evidence that you digitally signed the lease and returned it to them before they told you that they wanted you out.  You'll need it for the Tribunal, if it gets that far.

Customer
They didn't read the first one they sent me either, they are convinced I forged the lease after the fact to not include dogs. But my two other housemates got the exact same lease as me but because they didn't like the idea of me getting a dog they flipped out on me. I'm not sure if my housemates got this same email. Waiting for their reply.
Customer
I'm not month to month ?
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Ulysses101, Expert

You signed a new lease for another year long term, correct?

Customer
They won't send me a version with their signature because now they've told me "according to the law you will therefore be reverting to a month to month". They are claiming they want to renovate
Customer
Yo answer your question; yes. Signed and submitted
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Ulysses101, Expert

Tell them to give you the demand in writing for you to show your lawyer, who has already advised you that by accepting their offer of another year long lease already, that you're no longer month to month.

Customer
Customer attachment 8/3/2021 6:40:07 PM
Customer
This is it in writing. At the bottom it talks about month to month. I received this email today
Customer
I also have in writing how many times their story has changed about this house and what to do. Every meeting I have had with them I document because they have been shifty before. Even with held my lease from me the first time I signed. They have a bad track record
Customer
Apparently they sent that letter to my housemates as well
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Ulysses101, Expert

Just reply to them that you accepted their offer of another one year lease, so you aren't accepting that they are doing renovations to your unit which require you to leave.

Customer
Okay thank you so much
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Ulysses101, Expert

You're very welcome.  Good luck, and stay safe.

Ulysses

Customer
If this goes on, does this site allow us to keep communicating? You've been very direct and helpful
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Ulysses101, Expert

Yes, this thread will stay open for a while.

You can return and ask follow-up questions on this topic at no additional fee.

I'm glad that I was able to help you today.

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