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The Ontario government has capped the 2018 Annual Rent Increase Guideline at 1.8%. The increase of 1.8% for 2018 is the maximum a landlord can raise a tenant’s rent without the approval of the Landlord and Tenant Board. Landlords cannot increase rent for sitting tenants above the 1.8% guideline without seeking approval from the Landlord and Tenant Board. More information is available at this Ontario Government link:

https://news.ontario.ca/mho/en/2017/06/ontario-capping-rent-increases-for-tenants-in-2018.html

This 2018 guideline increase of 1.8% is higher than the 1.5% rent increase for 2017. It is based on the Ontario Consumer Price Index (CPI), a measure of inflation calculated monthly by Statistics Canada.

The 2018 guideline increase takes effect from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018.

If the landlord intends to implement an Above Guideline Increase the landlord is required to abide by the regulations of the Landlord and Tenant Board and file an application with Landlord and Tenant Board for an Above Guideline Increase. Refer to the Brochure: 2018 Rent Increase Guideline published by the Landlord and Tenant Board (Social Justice Tribunal) for more details:

http://www.sjto.gov.on.ca/documents/ltb/Brochures/2018%20Rent%20Increase%20Guideline%20(EN).html

NOTE: The guideline is not applicable to: Vacant residential units, Social housing units, Nursing homes or Commercial property

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RENTAL FAIRNESS ACT 2017
Amendment to the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006

The Rental Fairness Act was amended by the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario May 30 2017.

Refer to this link to access the amendment:   

http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&Intranet=&BillID=4755

NOTE – Here are 2 perspectives on the amendment:

1) FRPO Submission to the Standing Committee on General Government ~ Bill 124 ~
May 9, 2017

Refer to this link for the full article:
https://www.frpo.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/FRPO-Submission-to-Standing-Committee-on-General-Government-re-Bill-124-2017-05-09.pdf

2) ONTARIO’S NEW RENT RULE Get ready for a flood of AGIs (About Above Guideline Increases)
by L D Blake
June 29, 2017

Bill 124, the “Rental Fairness Act” (2017) have just achieved royal assent, becoming law.

Refer to the attachment for full details:  Ontario – New Rent Rules

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The Ontario government has set the 2017 Annual Rent Increase Guideline at  1.5%. The guideline increase of 1.5% for 2017 is the maximum a landlord can raise a tenant’s rent without approval of the Landlord and Tenant Board. This applies to most sitting tenants in private residential rental units covered by the Residential Tenancies Act.  Rents charged to new tenants are at the discretion of the landlord.

The 2017 guideline increase takes effect from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017. As noted above, landlords cannot increase rent for sitting tenants above the 1.5% guideline without seeking approval from the Landlord and Tenant Board. This 2017 guideline increase of 1.5% is slightly lower than the 1.6% rent increase for 2016. It is based on the Ontario Consumer Price Index (CPI), a measure of inflation calculated monthly by Statistics Canada.

If the landlord intends to implement an Above Guideline Increase the landlord is required to abide by the regulations of the Landlord and Tenant Board and file an application with Landlord and Tenant Board for an Above Guideline Increase. Refer to this link:  http://www.sjto.gov.on.ca/documents/ltb/Brochures/2017%20Rent%20Increase%20Guideline%20(EN).html

Detailed information on the 2017 Annual Rent Increased Guideline is available at this link: https://www.ontario.ca/page/rent-increase-guideline

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The Annual Rent Increase Guideline for 2015 has been set at 1.6% by the Ontario government.

Based on this guideline the maximum amount a landlord can increase a tenant’s rent between January 1 – December 31, 2015 is 1.6%. This increase will apply mostly to sitting tenants who face rent increases during that period.

Complete information about the 2015 Rent increase Guideline is available at the Municipal Affairs and Housing website:  http://news.ontario.ca/mah/en/2014/06/ontarios-2015-rent-increase-guideline-set-at-15-per-cent.html

It should be noted that this increase is double the increase of 0.8% permitted in 2014. The Annual Rent Increase allowed is directly related to the rate of inflation. The calculation is based on data provided by Statistics Canada which creates the Ontario Consumer Price Index. Refer to:  http://www.statcan.gc.ca/tables-tableaux/sum-som/l01/cst01/cpis01g-eng.htm

With regard to Above Guideline increase tenants should note that landlords can only increase rents above the 1.6% guideline by filing an application with the Landlord and Tenant Board.  For full details on how a landlord can raise rent above this 2015 guideline please refer to: http://www.sjto.gov.on.ca/documents/ltb/Brochures/Information%20about%20AGI%20Applications%20(EN)%20Revised_Bill140_June15_2015.pdf?b58864

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UPDATE:  Check this link for the 2015 Annual Rent Increase Guideline : ….. http://wp.me/pia0J-12f

 

The Ontario government has announced that the Annual Rent increase Guideline for 2014 will be 0.8%. This increase of 0.8% is the second lowest rent increase since the introduction of rent regulations.

According to the press release posted by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing this small increase “will help to ensure Ontario families have more money in their pockets while keeping housing affordable”. The explanation for this small increase is based on the Ontario Consumer Price Index.  Refer to this link: http://news.ontario.ca/mah/en/2013/06/2014-rent-increase-guideline.html

This modest increase of 0.8% will be a welcome relief to those who are on fixed incomes and also those struggling to meet the cost of their monthly basket of goods in this tough economy.  Tenants should make a careful note that the Annual Rent increase Guideline of 0.8% is the maximum amount a landlord can increase a tenant’s rent between  January 1- December 2014 . This increase will apply mostly to sitting tenants who face rent increases during that period.

Tenants should also note that the landlord can only increase rents above the 0.8% guideline by filing an application for an Above Guideline increase with the Landlord and Tenant Board.  Given this low rent increase for 2014 tenants need to be wary of any Above Guideline Increase that Landlords might pursue with the Landlord and Tenant Board and be prepared to contest it. Refer to this link at the website of the Landlord and Tenant Board: http://www.ltb.gov.on.ca/en/About_Us/STEL02_111230.html

NOTE – Check these links for more details on rent reduction and rent increase guideline in 2014:

Automatic Rent Reduction in 2014
http://www.torontotenants.org/news/automatic-rent-reductions-2014-frequently-asked-questions

Rent Increase Loophole
http://o.canada.com/2013/04/29/rent-increase-loophole-leaves-ontario-renters-vulnerable/

Ontario Landlords – The 2014 Rent Increase Guideline
http://www.landlordsuccess.ca/2013/06/22/ontario-landlords-the-2014-rent-increase-guideline/#more-976

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UPDATE – Effective December 31, 2012, rents will be reduced by 0.71%. For more information refer to our post “Automatic Rent Reduction in 2013” https://eastyorktenantsgroup.com/2012/12/13/automatic-rent-reduction-in-2013/

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Annual Rent Increase Guideline for 2013 will be 2.5%.  The 2.5% guideline represents  the maximum percentage by which a landlord can increase rent in 2013.

Tenants should note that the Ontario government bases the calculation of the annual rent increase on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) which is compiled annually by Statistics Canada.  The CPI which is currently calculated at 2.6% is higher than 2.5% approved for the 2013 annual rent increase. This decrease was the result of legislation passed by the Ontario Government on June 13, 2012 and which  resulted in an amendment to the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006. This amendment ensured that the Annual Rent Increase Guideline for 2013  will be capped at 2.5 per cent.  Is it possible that the government is acknowledging that the CPI formula is flawed and does not reflect the actual cost of living expenses?  Will leave that question for the economists to ponder.

We tenants are grateful that rent increases have been capped and, compared to the 2012 Rent Increase Guideline, there will be a decrease in the annual rent increase guideline for 2013.  However, we must keep in mind that landlords can apply to the Landlord and Tenant Board for an Above Guideline Increase. Landlords will have to make a successful application to the Landlord and Tenant Board in order to raise rents above the capped increase of 2.5%.

Once again the Federation of Rental-Housing Providers of Ontario (FRPO) have indicated they are not enthused by the level of the annual rent increase. The FRPO argued for a much higher increase in their submission to the Ontario government. Refer to this link: http://www.frpo.org/documents/FRPO%20Bill%2019%20Deputation1.pdf  Fortunately for tenants the legislation passed by the Government of Ontario reflected the current economic realities facing renters and set a cap of 2.5% on the 2013 annual rent increase.

For more detailed information on the 2013 Rent Increase Guideline check these links:

http://news.ontario.ca/mah/en/2012/06/2013-rent-increase-guideline.html

http://news.ontario.ca/mah/en/2012/06/the-2013-rent-increase-guideline.html

IMPORTANT NOTICE ON LAST MONTH RENT (LMR) – The landlord must pay the tenant interest on the rent deposit every year. Under the Residential  Tenancies Act the interest charged on your last month’s rent will be equal to that year’s Annual Rent Increase Guideline amount. Landlords have the option to add that interest to your last month’s rent deposit or that interest can be applied as a reduction in your annual notice of a rent increase. Check this link: http://www.ltb.gov.on.ca/en/Key_Information/STDPROD_098894.html

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(UPDATE – Check this link for details about the Annual Guideline Increase for 2013:  http://wp.me/pia0J-TX)

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The announcement by the Ontario Government of a 3.1% rent increase in 2012 is cause for concern among most tenants, especially those tenants surviving on modest incomes.  Landlords can increase rents by 3.1% without making an application to the Landlord and Tenant Board in 2012.
Refer to this link: http://www.ltb.gov.on.ca/stdprodconsume/groups/csc/@ltb/@keyinfo/documents/resourcelist/stdprod_088485.pdf

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