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Rent Increase to Subsidize Fridge 

JuLe
JuLe
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Posted On: 3/24/2018
JuLe
JuLe
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Hi,
I recently moved into a new apartment and have found that the fridge is REALLY loud.

It bothers me at night, and I work from home so it's a real issue for me, though apparently the tenants before me didn't mind.

The landlord says the fridge is 10 years old, which I suggested means it might be time to replace it.

He wants to increase my rent by $12 a month to subsidize the cost of the fridge.

Can he ask that? Should I agree?
Thanks!
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Posted On: 3/27/2018
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Hello,

Thank you for sharing your situation and question with us.

We can appreciate that you would be concerned about this situation.

Your landlord can only increase your rent once every 12 months. You must receive 90 days written notice before the increase.

In 2018, the limit is 1.8%.

The Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) must approve any increases above this percentage. For example, the LTB might approve a higher increase if your landlord has made large repairs or installed a security system.

According to the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) Brochure: 2018 Rent Increase Guideline,

Above guideline increases: Landlords can apply to the LTB for an increase above the guideline for any of the following reasons:


  • Their municipal taxes have increased by more than the guideline plus 50 per cent. (For example, if the guideline is 1.8%, the taxes must have increased by more than 2.7 %).
  • They incurred operating costs related to security services.
  • They incurred eligible capital expenditures.



  • We suggest that you may want to contact the nearest Community Legal Clinic for some advice and information regarding your situation and how to proceed.

    I hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you have further questions and if there is any follow up to your question/situation.
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    Anna
    Settlement.Org Content and Information/Referral Specialist, CIRS
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