A secondary suite could be a basement suite, laneway house, or other unit that is on the same property as a residential house.
Yes, secondary suites are covered under the Residential Tenancy Act (RTA). Regardless of whether you rent a large apartment building or the basement of a home, the same law applies. For example, your landlord is not allowed to:
- enter your suite without providing proper written notice.
- tell you how to clean your suite. The RTA requires tenants to maintain reasonable health, cleanliness, and sanitary standards. Beyond that, your landlord may not impose their own personal preferences regarding cleanliness.
- restrict your right to have guests, including overnight guests, under reasonable circumstances.
- tell you what or when you are allowed to cook.
Yes, the Residential Tenancy Act (RTA) applies to secondary suites, even if the suite is “illegal”. A secondary suite could be a basement suite, laneway house, or other unit that is on the same property as a residential house. Even if the suite is illegal (not registered with the city, or in a city that does not allow secondary suites) both the landlord and tenant must comply with the RTA.