The rent increase guideline for increases taking effect in 2017 is 1.5%.  The Ministry of Housing has announced the 2018 rent increase guideline at 1.8%

The 2017 guideline applies to rent increases that will be taken between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017 and the 2018 guideline applies to rent increases that will be taken between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018.

Landlords may increase the rent once every 12 months by the guideline amount only for a sitting tenant without seeking approval from the Landlord and Tenant Board. Landlords must provide 90 days written notice using the prescribed Landlord and Tenant Board Form N1.

How Annual Guideline is calculated:

The annual rent increase guideline is determined according to section 120 (2) of the Residential Tenancies Act2006 which averages the monthly Ontario Consumer Price Index over a twelve month period that ends at the end of May of the previous calendar year.

If the calculation for the annual guideline amount exceeds 2.5% in any given year it will be reduced to 2.5%. The RTA was amended in 2012 when a maximum cap of 2.5% was implemented for all guideline increases.

If an increase of more than 2.5% is required, the landlord must follow the process to seek approval for an Above Guideline Increase.

Rent Increase Guidelines

YEAR201820172016201520142013
Rent Guideline Amount1.8%1.5%2.0%1.6%0.8%2.5%

Recent Changes

Effective April 20, 2017 pursuant to Bill 124, An Act to amend the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006, properties which had a date-based exemption from rent control  and the annual rent increase guideline have been eliminated.  The annual guideline now applies to most residential rental properties in Ontario, including the following units which were previously date-based exempt:

  • The rental unit was not occupied for any purpose before June 17, 1998 – meaning it is either in a new building (often a condominium building) built since 1998, or an older building with a new unit or never occupied, residentially or otherwise, before June 17, 1998;
  • It is a rental unit no part of which has been previously rented since July 29, 1975 – meaning only the owner has used or occupied the unit since 1975; or
  • No part of the building, mobile home park or land lease community was occupied for residential purposes before November 1, 1991 – meaning the building was probably commercially used before 1991 and then was converted to residential use.

In the above situations, the rental unit is now subject to the annual rent increase and a N1 form should be given to increase rent only by the guideline.  Landlords are required to provide 90 days written notice when increasing the rent using the N1 form, available online at: http://www.sjto.gov.on.ca/ltb/forms/

Important information regarding Bill 124 and how the impacts on notices of rent increases served:

  • A notice of rent increase that exceeds the guideline, given on or after April 20, 2017 but before Royal Assent, is capped at the guideline amount.
  • For notices of rent increase given before April 20, 2017,  the notice is valid and the landlord may proceed with the rent increase as set out in the notice.
  • Landlords will be required to refund any rent increases collected for rental units previously exempt which were served on or after April 20, 2017 and allow tenants to deduct such amount from future rent if the landlord fails to reimburse.