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Ontario Tenants Rights www
Over 20 Million visitors since July 1999
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The only rights you have are the ones you stand up for!

This is a web guide to Ontario's Landlord and Tenant Act, the Residential Tenancies Act, tenants' rights, social justice, and rental housing issues such: as finding apartments for rent, high-rise safety and security, mice, cockroaches, pigeons, and "toxic mold".

You will find the facts you need by exploring the pages here. Explore all the pages; You might be surprised what useful tips you can find!

This independent site gets no funding from any government, agency or organization and I do not want any. Such funding might bias our content in favour of any funders, something that will not be permitted.

Please note that this website is for information purposes only and should not be considered legal advice. It is the opinions expressed of the individual authors.

Feel free to link to this web site or any page. Cut-and-paste the following text into your own web site to link:

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I am not able to answer individual questions. These document and links are provided to help you find the information that you need.

Please share this site with your friends and neighbours.

Site editor and creator:
Robert Levitt, ontariotenants@hotmail.com

This website, founded on July 9, 1999, is now into its 21st year. Here are certificates from 2009 in recognition for this web site's tenth anniversary from then federal Member of Parliament Gerard Kennedy and then Ontario MPP Cheri Di Novo.

This site was listed as one of Canada's top 200 sites as far back as in the January/February 2002 issue of (Bell Sympatico's) NetLife.

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Ontario annual rent increase guideline for 2021 set at 0% (zero - yes a rent freeze)

Remember that the landlord must give you at least 90 days written notice of the rent increase before it can take effect. Also note that if the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board has already approved any Above Guideline Increases in your rent those do apply - it is just the guideline itself that is zero. Here is a list of past annual guideline rent increases.

The Government's Ontario Electricity Support Program

If you pay your own hydro bill directly (that is, it is not included in the rent,) you may qualify for a reduction on your electricity bills. Click on Ontario Electricity Rebates to find out more information from the Ontario Electricity Board, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

Is your apartment too cold?

For the many people asking what is the law on minimum apartment temperature, this is regulated by your city or town, and the list covering 95% of apartments in Ontario municipalities can be found at Minimum Apartment Temperature by-laws.

Tenant Poster

Save and print out this Tenant Poster in Microsoft Word format. If you are happy with the work of this web site it would be greatly appreciated if you were to put up one or more of these half-page posters, in your laundry room, community centre, grocery store or other bulletin board, to inform other tenants of this free web site. And yes, the bottom of the page needs a few cuts to separate the tags with the address of this web site. Thank you.

This web site questions the accuracy of CMHC Ontario rent statistics

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, an arm of the our federal government, twice yearly reports on rents and vacancy rates throughout Canada. These figures provided by landlords are used by all levels of government to help set housing policy. They are also widely reported by the media and influence the public's impression of rental housing costs.

Read my press release: CMHC Rental Market Survey on why the rent statistics for Ontario are inherently inaccurate, and why comparing one year to the next is like comparing apples to oranges. Canada Mortgage and Housing figures in recent year under-report real rental costs and therefore under-report the rate of rent increases.

No rent controls whatsover on apartments first occupied after Nov 15, 2018

2019 Rent control changes to the Residential Tenancies Act are completely exempt from rent controls under the Residential Tenancies Act. See: what about Rent Controls.

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