Ontario passed legislation May 18, 2017 to help keep rental housing affordable and predictable by protecting tenants from unfair rent increases.
The Rental Fairness Act, 2017 expands rent control to all private rental units, including those occupied on or after November 1, 1991. Effective April 20, 2017, landlords cannot raise rents more than the rent increase guideline, which is 1.5 per cent in 2017. Any rent increase notices above this amount given on or after April 20 must be reduced to 1.5 per cent.
The legislation also introduces additional protections for tenants, including:
Landlords can continue to apply to the Landlord and Tenant Board for above-guideline rent increases where permitted, and can also determine rent levels for new tenants.
Expanding rent control and strengthening protections for tenants are key components of Ontario's Fair Housing Plan, to help more people find an affordable place to call home.
Making the rental housing system fairer is part of Ontario's plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
" Today is a good day for tenants in this province. In the face of dramatic rent increases and unfair practices, our government is answering the call to bring fairness and predictability to Ontario’s rental housing system. With the changes under the Rental Fairness Act, Ontarians can rest assured that they will continue to have an affordable place to call home," said Chris Ballard
Minister of Housing and Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy