Residential rent increases in Ontario 2022

  1/3/2022 |   SHARE
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Learn about the rules for rent, including rent increase guidelines and resolving issues about rent control.

Rules for rent increase
In most cases, the rent for a residential unit can be increased 12 months after either:

  • the last rent increase
  • the date the tenancy begins

The landlord must give a tenant written notice of a rent increase at least 90 days before it takes effect.

The proper forms for this notice are available from the Landlord and Tenant Board. If your landlord has not provided the proper notice, or you believe that your rent has been raised by an improper amount, you can dispute it at the Landlord and Tenant Board within 12 months after the amount was first charged.

Rent increase guideline
The rent increase guideline for 2022 is 1.2%.

The guideline is the maximum a landlord can increase most tenants’ rent during a year without the approval of the Landlord and Tenant Board.

For most tenants, your rent can’t go up by more than the rent increase guideline for every year.

The guideline applies to most private residential rental units covered by the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006. This applies to most tenants, such as those living in:

  • rented houses, apartments, basement apartments and condos (see exceptions for newly occupied units)
  • care homes
  • mobile homes
  • land lease communities

The guideline does not apply to certain types of units including:

  • vacant residential units
  • community housing units
  • long-term care homes
  • commercial properties

Social housing is covered by the Residential Tenancies Act, but has different rules regarding rent control and rent increase notices.

Exceptions
In some cases, landlords can apply to the Landlord and Tenant Board for approval to raise your rent (PDF) by more than the rent increase guideline.
In care homes (such as a retirement home), the rent increase guideline only applies to the rent portion of your bill but does not apply to the cost of services like nursing, food or cleaning.
New buildings, additions to existing buildings and most new basement apartments that are occupied for the first time for residential purposes after November 15, 2018 are exempt from rent control.

For more information on Residential rent increases in Ontario visit ontario.ca website.

Source: Ontario Government



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