A rental agreement (sometimes called a lease or a tenancy agreement) is a contract between a landlord and a tenant. The landlord grants the right to occupy a rental unit, and in return the tenant commits to pay rent. The contract may also include details of negotiated terms or rules agreed by the parties.
Make sure you get your rental agreement in writing. It’s possible to have an oral agreement but a written agreement is much better because it officially records what you and the landlord have agreed to. If there is a dispute later, the written record may help to settle it.
Your written rental agreement should include the legal name and address of the landlord. This is important so that you know where to send any notices or documents that may be required–for example, a notice that you plan to end your lease.
A rental agreement should also contain information about:
Both tenants and landlords have rights and responsibilities. These can vary depending on the province or territory. For more information, please contact the body that oversees housing where you live: