Sample compressed Ontario Standard Lease Agreement  (Canada)


Compressed Word-editable and field-fillable version of the
Standard Lease Agreement (SLA)
for Landlords, Property Managers and Realtors
in Ontario, Canada
   

Ontario's New Standard (form of) Lease Agreement

Starting April 30, 2018, landlords of most private residential rental units, from individual landlords to property management companies and realtors who assist landlords in placing tenants, must use the  Standard Lease template for all new leases.

 

The standard lease applies to most residential tenancies in Ontario, including:

   - single and semi-detached houses

   - apartment buildings

   - condominiums

   - secondary units (for example, basement apartments)

 

 

Issues

The S.L.A. file is unnecessarily large - 13 to 14 pages and 1.5 MB Adobe Acrobat .pdf file

     · It has some notable data entry limitations

     · It's inflexible in accommodating various types of data input

     · You can't combine your Appendix B clauses directly to the SLA to create a single file

     · Some users report they can’t save the filled-in fields, which means typing in the same fields

                (eg. owner contact info, etc.) with every lease.

      · SLA destroys many more trees than necessary and unnessarily incurs more energy and waste costs

 

 

'Missing' Clauses

There are many 'missing' clauses that add to the length of this document. My 72 clauses adds 9 pages to the SLA for a total of 23 pages!  Missing' clauses that should be of concern to Ontario landlords include:

     · Occupants who aren’t lease signatories

     · Joint and several tenancy

     · Use of tenants’ personal information

     · Death of tenant

     · Apartment abandonment

     · Utility accounts access permission

     · Photograph permission

     · Last month interest versus top-off

     · Credit reporting permission

     · Guarantor obligations

     · Short-term sublet (e.g. AirBnB)

     · Tenant bankruptcy

     · Other tenants’ right of quiet enjoyment

     · Energy conservation

     · Parking lot rules

     · Laundry room rules

     · Garbage/recyclin

     · And More

 


 

Aztech Realty - Chris Seepe video presentation on teh Ontario Standard Lease Agreement
(Runtime: about 2 hours,
16 minutes
1.2 GB download)


 
Standard Lease Agreement Presentation
(2-hour video)

 

This two-hour video is a recording of a presentation I did on Ontario's mandatory Standard Lease Agreement (SLA), which is now required for most residential tenancies. The presentation discusses details each of the 72 clauses that I feel are 'missing' from the SLA and which form my Appendix B of the SLA.

 

 

Date: April 11, 2018






The Solution

MS-Word 100% Editable S.L.A. File with Fillable Fields

After weeks of trial and error and exhaustive proofreading and editing, I created a fully-editable Microsoft Word fillable form that compresses the SLA down to 5.75 pages (half the size) without changing any content and removing only 'dead space'. Adding my own 72 clauses creates a total of 10.75 pages.


Sample compressed Ontario Standard Lease Agreement  (Canada)
Sample of SLA
Editable, Field-Fillable Word Version and Appendix B


Landlording in Ontario (Canada) book table of contents
Listing of 'missing'
topics in the SLA


Add your standard fillable content (or delete the fillable field and enter your non-changing information (landlord address, contact, etc.), then protect the document so that your fixed fields can’t be changed.

Every word and punctuation mark of the original 14-page SLA government form is captured.

Removed massive amount of ‘dead’ space and tightly compressed the text..

Final MS-Word file size is about 240 KB versus the Acrobat pdf SLA’s 1,500 KB (1.5 MB))

Superfast to send as an email attachment or download from a website

Each field expands infinitely as you type to accommodate any length of characters including adding another line in real time

All page numbers change automatically if you add enough text to cause another page to be added

Increase spacing and font size of fields or the whole document to your requirements for greater readability (at the expense of more paper use per agreementt 

Every fillable field is separately named

Every fillable field name is bolded to quickly find the fillable fields

Use the TAB key to quickly move from field to field

All the data entered into the fillable fields of a protected document are saved

Some SLA fields request additional details. A couple of these fields have been filled in with anticiapted information. These additions can be deleted with one keystroke if desired

Force individual formatting control of fillable fields (eg date = yyyy mm dd) if you wish. This is not implemented in this SLA version in order to maintain maximum flexibility for you

This SLA document includes 72 fully-editable additional legal clauses for an Appendix B
  - Covers a wide variety of landlording concerns
  - Compressed down to 5.75 pages
  - Anything found in the standard SLA has been removed from the Appendix B
  - Some items in the standard SLA appear ambiguous or only provide partial (usually tenant-biased) details.

         This Appendix B clarifies these and/or expands on responsibilities and obligations

The Appendix B clauses are all completely editable.
  - A list of 'missing' topics can be foundd here
  - A sample of the actual clauses is here

A guarantor is not a tenant. A guarantor cannot be the subject of an LTB claim. This is why there is no provision for a guarantor in the SLA. A separate, completely editable 2-page MS-Word Guarantor Agreement is included.

A 22-point, fillable field tenant qualification checklist table is also included. 

Note: There is one inexplicable limitation: each fillable field can be automatically 'tabbed' to when in the document is in unprotected mode but when it is protected so that only fillable fields can be changed, tabbing stops at check boxes. This is a known error of Microsoft Word which remains uncorrected. The quick workaround is to click the text immediately to the right of the checkbox and the cursor will jump to the next fillable field..


Disclaimer

This document has not been reviewed or approved by the Ministry of Housing or vetted before a tribunal of the Landlord and Tenant Board. Every letter and punctuation mark in the official .pdf version of the Ontario Standard Lease Agreement has been retained in this Word version -- only the formatting has been edited. It is my understanding that copyright protection applies to the content (text) of a form, not the formatting of one. The fee charged for this Word-version SLA is strictly for this reformatting service - nothing else. You may not share this legal viewpoint, in which case you should stick with the government's .pdf document. The Standard Lease document was also created using Ontario taxpayers' money so the question arises whether the SLA document belongs to the public. In any event, if you choose to use this Word version of the SLA you must obtain your own expert legal advice as to whether removing spaces (that is, formatting) constitutes a change to the document or is grounds for copyright infringement. This is an 'as-is' product to be used at your own risk.

Indemnification, License & Terms of Use
By purchasing this compressed version of the Standard (Form of) Lease Agreement along with the Appendix B clauses and the separate Guarantor Agrgeement (collectively the 'Lease') you understand and agree that the Lease is provided “as is” without any warranty of any kind, and that Christopher Seepe and Aztech Realty Inc. are not legal or financial experts. You warrant and agree that you shall indemnify the aforementioned parties and hold them completely harmless from any and all responsibility of any and every kind that might arise from your use of this Lease in whole or in part. You further understand that you will use this Lease for only the limited-use license you were granted by the terms of your purchase and you agree to not copy this Lease in any form or give it to any other person or entity or otherwise allow it to be copied by any other person or entity except for your personal backup use. A password-protected version may be posted online. If you disagree with any part of this Disclaimer and License then you should not purchase this product.

 

PRICING

 

MS-Word Standard Lease with Appendix B Clauses and separate Guarantor Agreement

 

 
  One property owner managing an unlimited number of rental units that they directly own under a company or individual name One property manager managing properties for multiple owners up to 249 rental units One property manager managing properties for multiple owners totalling 250 or more rental units
   
  $99.00 + HST = $111.87 $169.00 + HST  = $190.97 $249.00 + HST  = $281.37
Note: If you previously purchased the Appendix B clauses then subtract that payment from the above prices
         

 

MS-Word Appendix B Clauses only for the Standard Lease

 

 
  One property owner managing an unlimited number of rental units that they directly own under a company or individual name One property manager managing properties for multiple owners up to 249 rental units One property manager managing properties for multiple owners totalling 250 or more rental units
   
  $40.00 + HST = $45.20 $110.00 + HST  = $124.30 $185.00 + HST  = $209.05
       

 

 


   

 

HOW TO PURCHASE

 

MS-Word Standard Lease with Appendix B Clauses and separate Guarantor Agreement

 

   
 

Please send a wire etransfer (Interac) for amount for the type of license you wish to obtain 

 
   

Sorry, no credit cards, purchase orders or cheques at this time

 
 

Send payment to email address:   cseepe@aztechrealty.com and mobile (416) 525-1558

 
 

Use the password:    standardlease  (one word, no spaces) so I can accept the payment

 
 

When I accept payment, Interac will send you a confirmation including my comment that payment has been received

 
 

I will then send the MS-Word documents to you via email as an attachment. Please ensure that I have your email address as part of your Interac payment or otherwise send me a separate email stating that you've sent payment.

 
       
Landlording in Ontario real estate book by Christopher Seepe   The Landlording in Ontario book is a superset of all the material taught in the course. The book was published in May 2017 and can be purchased online here: www.landlordingbook.com    

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