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Rent freeze for 2021The Government of Ontario has passed legislation to freeze rent at 2020 levels. This means that rents will not increase in 2021 for the vast majority of rented units covered under the Residential Tenancies Act.
The rent freeze applies to most tenants living in:
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 guidelineThe 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. This applies to most tenants, such as those living in:
A sample calculation of a rent increaseYour monthly rent was increased to $1,000 on June 1, 2019. The guideline for 2020 is 2.2%. Therefore:
Your landlord would need to provide you written notice at least 90 days before June 1, 2020.
Previous rent increase guidelinesThe chart below illustrates yearly rent increases, in Ontario, from 1991 to 2020.
Year guideline (%)
Additional InformationFor more information on the rent increase guideline, contact the Landlord and Tenant Board:contact the Landlord and Tenant Board to determine whether a unit is exempt from the rent increase guideline.
To show that a unit is exempt from rent control, landlords can:
Landlords might want to keep records, such as:
The landlord must also prove either:
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