Ontario’s Rent Increase Guideline for 2014 is set at 0.8 per cent.
The annual Guideline applies to most private residential rentals and represents the maximum rent increase allowed without requesting an increase before the Landlord and Tenant Board. The figure is calculated each year based on the Consumer Price Index, but due to recent legislation, can no longer exceed 2.5 per cent.
The guideline does not apply to:
Vacant residential units;
Residential units first occupied on or after Nov. 1, 1991;
Social housing units;
Nursing homes; or
Generally, rent may be increased by an amount no greater than the Guideline if a tenant has remained in a property the past 12 months, or if at least 12 months have passed since the last rent increase.
Landlords opting to increase rent must provide written notice in approved form at least 90 days prior.
The 2014 guideline represents the second-lowest figure since the regulations came into effect. The 2011 increase of 0.7 per cent was the lowest. Last year’s increase was 2.5 per cent, following the 2012 increase of 3.1 per cent. The highest allowed increase was 6 per cent in 1992. The average yearly increase from 1993-2003 was 3.1 per cent, and from 2004-2012 the average increase was 2 per cent.
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