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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Common renting practices that you might not realize are illegal

July 20, 2018

Editor's note (December 12, 2020): Post has been updated to include sources where available, and remove information where reputable sources were not found.

This blog post is based on a student's experience with rentals within the City of Oshawa. For up-to-date information regarding renting in Oshawa, please refer to the City of Oshawa's website. If you are an Ontario Tech student looking for off-campus living resources, visit Student Life's Off-Campus Living webpage.

Security deposit, key deposit or whatever rhymes with deposit

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I once thought that I found the *perfect* place. The room was fully furnished, had fast Wi-Fi, and the best part was that the housemates were awesome… until I started talking to the landlord and they asked for a $500 security deposit on top of the rent. The only legal "security" deposit a landlord can ask for is a rent deposit (Residential Tenancies Act, s105(1)).

The “Google Lease”

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This is less of a problem now that a standard lease agreement is required (and provided) by the Province of Ontario, but in the past, I found that a lot of my landlords would simply google “lease template” and got select one from a different part of the world that would barely be legal in the U.S, and definitely not legal in Canada. If you're not sure what to look for in your lease agreement, Student Life has a printable checklist on the Off-Campus Living webpage.

Fire! Fire! Fire!

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Many rental units, especially basement apartments, don’t have smoke detectors. This is either because the landlord is too lazy to install one, or they just don’t care enough. Working smoke alarms are required by the Ontario Fire Code.

Oh don't worry, this place has a permit

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All residential rental properties surrounding the university have to be licensed under the Residential Rental Housing Licensing By-law. I have only ever encountered this once, but my landlord flat out admitted that they did not have a rental license. Landlords make more money when they ignore this law – there’s a good chance if they are not abiding by this by-law, there are many other by-laws they are also breaking.

No dogs, no cats, no service

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Landlords can say no pets in your lease and you can ignore it without any legal consequences (Residential Tenancies Act, s14). So, if your landlord is the one thing stopping you from adopting a furry friend start planning your trip to the humane society.
By Rico