In 1991, Ontario passed a bill which exempted any residence that was occupied after November, 1991 from rent control guidelines. Therefore, any rent increase by a landlord to a tenant in those properties is legal.
“I only became aware of this last week when a constituent came in and said that they had suffered a 25% increase in their rent,” MPP Sterling told the Legislative Assembly on May 30, as the bill passed its first reading.
The original intent of this exemption from rent increase guidelines was to encourage new building of rental units throughout the province. MPP Sterling argued that the exemption is no longer needed because there is a high enough vacancy rate. He also said that tenants who occupy units that were built after 1991 deserve the same protection as tenants who live in older buildings constructed prior to 1991.
The bill would amend the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 by simply eliminating the exemption for newer properties going forward.
This year’s rent increase limitation is set at 0.7%, the lowest guideline in the 35-year history of rent regulation in Ontario.
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