Stay informed: Changes Affecting Tenants in 2015 and beyond

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As a tenant, you have specific rights that protect you from mistreatment or unfair costs. This Tenant Guide outlines your rights under Ontario’s Residential Tenancies Act. You will also find information on how to request repairs and maintenance, and how to establish a tenants’ association.

Municipal and provincial rules on residential rental dwellings change often. Here are some recent important changes affecting tenants:
  1. Rent Increase Guideline Held to 1.6 per cent: The annual Rent Increase Guideline is the maximum rate that a landlord can increase your rent without getting approval from the Landlord and Tenant Board.  The guideline rate is 1.6 per cent for 2015. For more information visit: The Landlord and Tenant Board.
  2. New Accessibility Changes to Ontario’s Building Code: These changes to the Building Code will improve safety and accessibility for Ontarians with disabilities in new multi-unit dwellings, including rental buildings. These improvements will also have to be applied to existing buildings undergoing major renovations. They include requirements for visual fire and smoke alarms, power doors and wider doors at entrances, barrier free washrooms, and barrier-free access to pools, spas and common areas. These changes came into effect on January 1, 2015. For more information visit New Accessibility Amendments to Ontario’s Building Code. Since January 1st, 2012, changes in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act now apply to businesses, including landlords and property management companies. Changes include the requirement that landlords and property management create policies to ensure that their services are accessible to people with disabilities. For more information, visit Federation of Metro Tenant’s Association
  3. Condominium Act Review Underway: Many tenants rent condo units from their owners. The Condominium Act is being reviewed by the Ontario government to provide a much-needed update to better serve people who live in condos. This includes new rules to license and properly train condo managers to better understand and meet the needs of tenants. Learn more about the review by visiting Ontario’s Condominium Act Review.

For more information, visit these websites:

Ontario’s Landlord and Tenant Board—www.ltb.gov.on.ca

Federation of Metro Tenants’ Associations—www.torontotenants.org

  2 comments for “Stay informed: Changes Affecting Tenants in 2015 and beyond

  1. January 20, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Another great resource is Ontario Tenants Rights http://www.ontariotenants.ca that covers additional issues like minimum apartment temperatures and tenant safety.

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    • January 20, 2016 at 10:09 am

      Thanks for sharing Gangadai – great resource!

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