You and Your Landlord
In Newfoundland and Labrador, the laws concerning apartment and house rental are outlined in the Residential Tenancies Act. Your landlord is required to provide you with a written copy of this Act. If you don’t have a copy, you can request one from your landlord or you can find an unofficial version online.
The landlord is required by law to provide you with the following information in writing:
- The landlord's name, telephone number and address; and
- The name, telephone number and address of the person(s) responsible for the premises (if applicable).
Write Everything Down. You should always have a written record of every decision and transaction between you and your landlord. Include the date and details about the decision or conversation. This will be useful if there is ever a disagreement in the future.
- The best form of communication with your landlord is email, if possible, so you have a written record of all transactions.
- Pay your rent/deposit by cheque, if possible, and always request a receipt.
- Keep your apartment/room clean at all times.
- Lock your apartment/room when you are not at home.
- Pay the rent on time.
- Take care not to damage the property. You are responsible for damage caused by you or someone you allow in. You are responsible for fixing any and all damages within a reasonable amount of time.
- Report necessary repairs to your landlord (in writing). Even if you did not cause the problem you may be responsible if you don't report it.
- Do not disturb other tenants and neighbors.
Still have questions? Email our housing coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org