June 30, 2016 – Feedback for future RTA Changes – eviction policies for smoking and pets
As part of its consultation process on a variety of housing related issues, the Ontario government is asking for feedback on specific issues around the eviction of a tenant for breaching a non-smoking policy.  As part of this exercise, the government is exploring whether to allow to landlords to terminate a tenancy if a tenant violates a no-smoking agreement. In these cases, landlords would not be required to prove that smoke has caused damage, impaired safety, or interfered with reasonable enjoyment. This would better support landlords to provide for smoke-free environments.
1) Should landlords be able to terminate a tenancy and evict a tenant based on violation of a no-smoking provision in a tenancy agreement?
2) Should no-smoking provisions apply to all types of smoking (e.g., tobacco, e-cigarettes)? What, if any, exceptions should apply?
3) Should the RTA specify where no-smoking provisions can apply (e.g., indoor spaces, balconies, within certain distance from residential complex)?
In addition, the govern is asking for feedback on whether to allow landlords to prohibit tenancy agreement in small buildings where the landlord also resides.
More information and other considered changes is provided on the web page
http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page14837.aspx under proposals 3.2 and 3.2.
Feedback is required before June 30, 2016 and should be sent to:
Email: residential.tenancies@ontario.ca
Mail: Residential and Commercial Tenancies Unit
Housing Policy Branch
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
777 Bay Street, 14th Floor,
Toronto ON  M5G 2E5