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Undue Increase in Rent 

inder1385
inder1385
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Posted On: 9 days ago
inder1385
inder1385
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Hi

My landlord has given me an option to either increase the rent by $200 (from $1000 to $1200 a month) or move out of the basement apartment. I moved into the unit along my 3 year old kid and wife on December 1, 2017 (not completed 1 year yet) but, being a newcomer, was not fuly aware about getting into a written lease.

I have been paying the monthly rent on cash basis and my landlord does not provide any receipts for that.

Please guide about the remedies available for my situation as I am the only earner for my family as of now.

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Posted On: 9 days ago
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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.

You can find some detailed information in our Settlement.Org How often can a landlord increase the rent? article in the How much can my landlord increase the rent? section.

Here is an excerpt,

Once you have moved into a unit, the landlord must follow a rent control guideline. The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing sets this guideline every year. The guideline limits how much your landlord can increase your rent that year.

In 2017, the limit is 1.5%.

In 2018, the limit will be 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.


In terms of asking you to move out of the basement, you can find some information in our Settlement.Org When can my landlord evict me? article.

You may want to contact the nearest Community Legal Clinic for some advice regarding your situation.

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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