My landlord is supposed to pay me?
There are other important rules surrounding this security deposit that you should know. If you are paying rent monthly, then your security deposit cannot exceed one full month's rent. If you're paying rent weekly, then the deposit cannot exceed one full week's rent. Also, this deposit cannot be used by your landlord for any matter other than your final rental payment. That means that your landlord is not entitled to use your deposit money to pay for any damages or cleaning to your apartment.
It is important to request the six per cent interest on your rental deposit each year—perhaps the commercial banks should learn by example and pay the same on savings accounts!
This column provides legal information only. If you need legal advice, please contact a lawyer, community legal clinic or the Lawyer Referral Service at 1-900-565-4577.
If you have questions about the Tenant Protection Act, many answers can be found at the Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal website at www.orht.gov.on.ca or you can call Community Legal Services, Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario at 1-519-661- 3352.