Ontario Strengthening Protections for Tenants and LandlordsPublished on March 12, 2020
Ontario is making life more affordable by introducing legislation that would make renting easier and fairer for both tenants and landlords.
The proposed changes to Ontario's rental rules would better protect tenants by preventing unlawful evictions and increasing tenant compensation for "no fault" and "bad faith" evictions by up to one month's rent and 12 month's rent, respectively. Changes would also double the maximum fine amounts for offences under the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 - to $50,000 for an individual and $250,000 for a corporation - to discourage unlawful evictions.
"Our government cares about the well-being of Ontarians and we want to ensure the system is fair for both tenants and landlords," said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. "We've heard the concerns from tenants who've been forced to leave their homes due to renovations. That's why we are taking action to increase fines, raise tenant compensation and tighten the rules to encourage everyone to follow the law."
The proposed changes would also make it easier to be a landlord by modernizing and streamlining dispute resolution processes over time at the Landlord and Tenant Board and allowing alternatives to formal hearings to resolve certain issues and encourage negotiated settlements.
The changes would also shift many disputes such as unpaid utility bills from the Small Claims Court to the Landlord and Tenant Board, making the resolution process simpler and more streamlined.
The proposed changes build on More Homes, More Choice: Ontario's Housing Supply Action Plan by making renting easier for both landlords and tenants.
"Ontario needs more rental housing, and our members applaud Minister Clark for the steps he has taken to improve the climate for operating and building rental housing," said Tony Irwin, President and CEO of the Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario. "We look forward to continuing to work together to balance the needs of landlords and tenants by cutting red tape and promoting more rental construction in Ontario."
- More Homes, More Choice: Ontario’s Housing Supply Action Plan, makes it faster and easier to build housing, including rental housing, and to build the right types of homes in the right places.
- Last year, in August, new rental construction outpaced condominiums for the first time in 15 years.
- Home builders had more than 57,000 new units of rental housing planned for the Toronto area as of the end of 2019, an increase of 40 per cent over 2018.
- Ontario’s second suite and tiny home guides help people create more rental housing and navigate complex design and building processes.