Common Questions

What can a landlord ask or require of me before renting?
See the below resources for information on what a landlord can ask of you. For example, a landlord is allowed to ensure that you will be able to pay the rent. However, they are not allowed to discriminate based on your source of income, as long as it is legal. For example, you may receive income from welfare, disability pensions, or student loans.

Some good starting points are:
  • Tenant Survival Guide, by TRAC on the Clicklaw Wikibooks, has a section on What a landlord can ask.
  • Human Rights, by TRAC, has more information on what landlords can ask of you.
For more information on tenants' rights and responsibilities, contact the Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre (TRAC) Tenant Info Line.

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Last reviewed June 2016

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