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For a rental unit in Ontario, what remedies would tenants have if a property advertised as having a certain number of bedrooms did not meet the requirements set out in the Ontario Building Code. For example, one could consider bedrooms without windows or bedrooms with ceilings lower than the minimum allowed heights. Could a tenant be entitled to lower rent, monetary damages, or assistance with finding a new rental unit that is up to code standards?

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    Keep in mind that building codes are often made in such a way that only new construction or certain types of remodeling trigger their requirements. So your unit may be "grandfathered" and not have to comply with the current codes. But I think you'll find that your only real remedy is to move out. You, presumably, inspected the property before you signed the lease and therefore found it to be suitable.
    – jwh20
    Sep 15, 2022 at 14:30

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