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Good To Know: Things That Can + Cannot Get You Evicted From Your Leased Apartment

Any agreement to lease that you sign will have a list of conditions that you must agree and adhere to. And for the most part, it covers the basics: maybe it’s no pets and/or no smoking, for sure it’s no subletting and no dramatic redecorating… That sort of thing. But it usually goes much further than all that. And while sometimes it’s better to beg forgiveness than to ask permission, knowing what can and cannot get you evicted from your leased apartment before you move in will probably save you a big headache down the road. Here are just a few examples…

THINGS THAT CAN:

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Image via Metro News.

Airbnb…

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or just ignoring the news, tenants securing apartments and then renting them out on Airbnb is probably the banner issue in landlord-tenant relations these days. Bottom line: don’t do it unless you’re absolutely sure that you’re legally allowed to by both your landlord and the condo corporation / building regulations. Beyond being expelled, you could find yourself needing to lawyer up.

Cigarettes…

Don’t flick them off the balcony – or for that matter, don’t flick anything (or spit) off the balcony. Sure, not every butt on the ground can be traced to the unit it came from (litterers – beware!) – but if you do get caught, you can be punished, potentially fined, and ultimately removed. And what if you hit an unsuspecting victim, or still lit, it lands on a plant on a balcony below? Then you’re 100% liable for damages caused and in a whole heap of trouble… And also, a pretty terrible person.

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Justin Bieber displaying poor balcony etiquette. Photo via Pacific Coast News.

Other Occupants…

If you’ve got a significant other spending lots of time over, no sweat. Same goes for visiting family. But if the landlord finds out you’ve got a revolving door of roommates who were not listed on either the lease or rental application, it’s not good news for you.

Partying…

One raucous party isn’t getting you kicked out. Don’t worry. A handful? Okay, maybe you get a bad reputation and a few notices. But make it a routine? Then that’s grounds for the landlord to bid you adieu.

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“Read your condo bylaws before we’re BOTH in the doghouse, man!”

Pets…

Back the the whole ‘better to beg forgiveness than ask permission’ thing here. If you sign a lease agreement that specifies “no pets in the unit”, then be respectful to your landlord and don’t get a pet. They may have personal reasons for vetting pet-owners, perhaps they put in brand new floors and don’t want the wear and tear that a pet can wreak on a unit. That being said, if you have your heart set owning a furry friend, check your condo corporation rules and regulations for guidelines on pets. If the building allows for them, ultimately the building rules trump your individual lease agreement. But if the Wicked Witch landlord is not so forgiving, they could send you packing… and your little dog too.

THINGS THAT CANNOT:

Babies…

Nobody likes having a screaming newborn next door. Actually, nobody like a shrieking infant period… except you, if it’s yours. Thankfully the annoyance of one aside, obviously it’s within your rights to have a child and won’t ever get you ousted.

Unattractive Balcony Decor…

Even though your idea of “tasteful decor” might be different than your neighbours, how you choose to decorate your balcony/outdoor space (if you have one) will not play a role in any eviction notice. That being said, your condo corporation / building regulations may have strict rules on what is permitted on your balcony, for instance outdoor furniture only, no excess of water being used to clean the deck, no plants that overgrow your balcony space and encroach on to other units or hang outside your space, etc. If you’re playing it loose and fast with those rules, you may find yourself in hot water with your neighbours, landlord, and the condo corporation which could lead to you having to finding another place to call home.

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An unrecommended use for your balcony… And for your horse. Photo via CEN.

Gossip…

This is another form of noise complaint in condo living, even if the decibel level is low and done behind backs. That said, it may not make you any friends, but meddling with the personal issues of your neighbours won’t jeopardize your lease.

Gym Etiquette…

You won’t be Mr. Popular if you’re cranking Limp Bizkit in the gym, dropping heavy weights on the floor, and leaving your sweat dripping off the equipment… But you also won’t end up being homeless because of it, just the victim of some serious cut-eye from fellow residents.