COVID-19 Information for Landlords and Tenants

Last Updated: 3:30 p.m., Oct. 14, 2020

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At this time, there is no evidence that transmission of COVID-19 through ventilation systems occurs.

You can make use of the yard and outdoor space immediately surrounding the residential setting if:

  • you are not under instructions to isolate due to travel or contact with someone who has/had COVID-19
  • you are feeling well
  • you can maintain physical distancing

If you have questions about rights and responsibilities, contact the Huron Perth Legal Clinic


Please note that landlords are now required by O. Reg. 364/20 to require masks in common areas where 2 metres/6 feet distance cannot be maintained. See the Posters section below for posters that can be placed in common areas.

HPPH encourages landlords to develop a policy to communicate the requirement that face coverings must be worn in common areas and where 2 metres/ 6 feet cannot be maintained.

To further protect residents living in condos and apartments, Huron Perth Public Health encourages building operators and staff to follow these guidelines:

  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer or a handwashing station with soap and water should be placed at all building entrances.
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer should be available in all common areas that remain open, such as laundry rooms.
  • Non-essential common areas such as bathrooms, gyms, playrooms, playgrounds and other high traffic areas are permitted to be open if appropriate health and safety measures are in place and limits on gathering sizes are followed.
  • Routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces in common areas, including doorknobs, elevator buttons, light switches, toilet handles, counters, handrails, touch screen surfaces and keypads, with common household cleaners and disinfectants.
  • Organize the building to accept deliveries of essential goods, like medications, for residents to avoid non-essential trips outside.
  • Post signage limiting the number of residents allowed in common areas, including laundry rooms and elevators, to ensure that individuals are able to maintain a two-metre distance. Consider allowing a maximum of three residents at a time in elevators.
  • When showing units or suites for sale or lease, practice physical distancing – keep a safe distance of two metres from the resident and wash hands with soap and water, and or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, before and after the visit.

For a case of COVID-19 identified in Huron or Perth, Huron Perth Public Health conducts public health follow-up of close contacts.


For factsheets and other posters, please see our COVID-19 Response Resources page.