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The landlord抯 duty
A landlord must keep a rental property in a good state of repair. All things which the landlord provides to the tenant must be kept in proper working order.
This might include electrical, plumbing or heating systems, appliances, walls, roofs, ceilings, windows, doors, locks, garages, laundry rooms, or pools.
If something no longer works because of normal "wear and tear," the landlord must repair it so that it works properly, or replace it.
However, when something is replaced, the landlord does not have to supply a new version that provides more features than what was replaced.
For example, if a stove supplied by the landlord cannot be fixed and must be replaced, the replacement does not have to be a newer model with more features.
A landlord must keep the property clean. This includes any lobby area, halls, elevators, laundry room, pool, and parking lot or garage. The parking area must also be kept well lit.
A landlord must control pests such as cockroaches and mice.
If a landlord provides heat, it must be kept at a certain level during the fall, winter and spring. Most cities and towns have a bylaw which sets a minimum temperature for this period.
For example, the bylaw might say that between September 15 and May 15, the heat must be kept at a minimum of 21ECelsius (70EF).
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