Additional changes to RTA effective January 1, 2018

The implementation of Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 changes pursuant to Bill 124 have been published by the Landlord and Tenant Board, visit http://www.sjto.gov.on.ca/en/latest-news/#ltb for full details. 

Key changes for small landlords include provisions for serving a second, non-voidable N5: Notice to End your Tenancy for Interfering with Others, Damage or Overcrowding, even if the tenant did not void the first N5 notice; and elimination of increased utility costs in support of an above guideline rent increase.
Forms have been updated to reflect changes: L5: Application for an Above Guideline Increase; T5: Tenant Application - Landlord Gave a Notice of Termination in Bad Faith; and N5: Notice to End your Tenant for Interfering with Others, Damage or Overcrowding. Further changes include N5C, used by Co-ops; and N6 with respect to misrepresenting income in a rent-geared-to-income rental unit.  Update your forms, old versions will be accepted until January 30, 2018.

LSHC has released a series of videos we've produced to help small landlords across Ontario understand the complex rules that govern their rental relationships https://landlordselfhelp.com/landlord-learning-tips/

Season's Greetings

LSHC wishes you and yours a happy and prosperous New Year!    

Giving notice for landlord's own use?

The rules for giving notice for own use for the landlord or an immediate family member changed on September 1, 2017 - changes include the payment of compensation to the tenant and penalties for owners acting in bad faith!

Learn more

 

What are LSHC's hours for walk-in clients and telephone inquiries?

Visit our contact us page for information about office hours including telephone and walk-in services.    

Bill 124 - Rental Fairness Act, 2017

Amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act are proposed under Bill 124, the Rental Fairness Act, 2017.  Learn more about the proposed amendments:

Highlights of Bill 124

Ontario's Fair Housing Plan

The Province is taking action to make housing more affordable for homebuyers and renters by introducing the Fair Housing Plan.  The 16 point action plan is intended to help people find affordable homes, increase supply, protect buyers and renters and stabilize the real estate market.

Government backgrounder  https://news.ontario.ca/mof/en/2017/04/ontarios-fair-housing-plan.html

The Secondary Rental Housing Market in Ontario

Read the report LSHC commissioned examining the current and projected size and scope of Ontario's secondary rental housing market:

Secondary Rental Housing Market Report

Support the campaign to Balance the Playing Field

Landlord's Self-Help Centre is lobbying for amendments to section 210 of the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 

More Information

Annual Rent Increase Guideline

The Rent Increase Guideline for 2018 is 1.8%!

More Information

Second Suites in Ontario

Learn about the process for creating and the rules operating a rental unit in your home:

Visit the Second Suites website

   Welcome to Landlord’s Self-Help Centre

Landlord’s Self-Help Centre is a non-profit community legal clinic funded by Legal Aid Ontario and mandated to support Ontario’s small-scale landlord community exclusively.

LSHC provides information, summary advice and referrals. It develops educational materials and delivers educational outreach programs which aim to help small landlords better understand their rights and responsibilities and navigate the regulatory environment to which they are subject.

This site offers information on a variety of topics related to residential tenancies and rental relationships in Ontario, it is geared toward the needs of small-scale landlords.    Learn more about us

Landlord Learning Tools

Frequently Asked Questions

Landlord's Self Help Centre offers a variety of helpful tools aimed at educating you and keeping you up-to-date on the industry. Be sure to check out the latest issue of The Quarterly News, browse our extensive list of Frequently Asked Questions, or listen to the latest episode of the Sound Advice for Landlords Podcast: