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What is the process of withholding rent (ie. am I able to?)

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What is the process of withholding rent (ie. am I able to?)

So recently about a month ago we had a fairly big water leak in our basement apt, dried it, kitchen floor was in bad shape after and the landlord said he would fix it, never did, well after all the rain last night it leaked in even more causing more damage to the apartment.

Apart from other things not working because they broke down which have also not been replaced, is it possible to withhold rent? I'm not trying to live for free mind you, it still pay the full amount owed once everything is either fixed or replaced, so that's why I'm actually coming here to ask before I go to the landlord tenancy board, to just try and get as much info as possible
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Dec 17, 2007
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In Ontario, you are not allowed to withhold rent for any reason. You have to go to the landlord tenancy board and talk to them. You can also make the needed repairs then request to have that amount subtracted from your rent
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Mar 23, 2008
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^ this. Don't do anything without talking to the landlord tenant board first. There's a form to fill out. Google "Ontario RTA forms"

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So apparently everything will get fixed asap... heard that before though.
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The LTB has an 800 number, but the above posters are correct, you cannot withhold rent, but a hearing can get you rent abatement if your unfairly inconvenienced.
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