COVID-19 and Renting
Frequently Asked Questions
I'm moving into an apartment that used to be a short-term rental for tourists. What are my rights?
If you are in a landlord-tenant relationship, the Rental of Residential Property Act applies. As a tenant, you have all the rights and responsibilities found in the Act including protection against evictions and unlawful rent increases. Your landlord also has rights and responsibilities. You can learn more about your rights and responsibilities on this website.
Can my landlord charge me late fees if I'm late paying rent?
Your landlord can only charge late fees if it is a condition in your rental agreement. If this is the case, your landlord can charge a late fee of no more than 1% of your monthly rent. For example, if your rent is $1,000 per month, your landlord can only charge you a $10 late fee.
If late fees are not mentioned in your rental agreement, you cannot be charged late fees. If your landlord says you must pay a late fee even if it is not mentioned in your agreement, or if the late fee is more than 1% of your monthly rent, you may want to get guidance from the Office of the Director of Residential Rental Property.
If you do not have enough money in your bank account when your landlord deposits your rent cheque, they could be charged a fee by their bank. This fee is called an NSF fee or non-sufficient funds fee. If your landlord has been charged an NSF fee, they can get you to pay them back. This is in addition to the 1% late fee.
Can my landlord enter my apartment?
Landlords may now enter apartments. If your landlord wants to enter your apartment, they must give you notice at least 24 hours in advance. You and your landlord must maintain physical distancing while in the apartment. Speak with your landlord about how best to do this.
Can my landlord show my apartment during the public health crisis?
Landlords can now show apartments. Your landlord must make sure the showing can happen in a safe way. This includes physical distancing, showings with less than 5 people and proper cleaning processes. Speak with your landlord about how best to do this.
I have to move out. Can I end my fixed-term lease early?
Generally, you can't end your lease before the end date. You may have to find someone to take over your rental agreement. This is true even if you have to move out for personal reasons, such as loss of income or to care for a loved one. Your landlord must approve the person taking over.
If you must leave before the end of your lease, speak with your landlord as soon as possible. You may be able to come up with a plan.
Rental Hearings Resume - Office of the Director of Residential Rental Property
Temporary Rental Assistance Benefit - Government of Prince Edward Island (phone: 1-877-368-5770)
Apartment Building Tenant Safety: COVID-19 FAQs - Government of Prince Edward Island