Author: Openroom HQ
Published: Tuesday, August 1, 2023 | Updated: Tuesday, August 1, 2023
In Ontario, there are rights for both Landlords and Tenants. Many Landlords operate compliantly, abide by the agreement, and respect Tenants wholeheartedly.
And then, there are some Landlords and/or Property Managers who treat Tenants unfairly. At Openroom, that is not something we stand for.
We believe that responsible Tenants will work with responsible Landlords to ensure a safe, healthy, and respectful relationship on reasonable grounds. It's common sense, right? Well, sometimes common sense isn't so common. In cases when Tenants find their Landlords have operated questionably, there are resources available to help them navigate this absurdly complex rental ecosystem.
It makes us react with 🤯, and that's precisely why we want to provide some quick deets for you. Let's go through two common examples where some Landlords try to do things under the table, and that's not okay.
A Landlord raises rent by an abnormally high amount. What is abnormally high? The government of Ontario sets a limit on the permitted rent increase. Learn more about Residential Rent Increases from the Ontario Government.
For 2023 and 2024, it is 2.5% per year on top of the existing lawful rent - and no more than that if the unit is rent controlled. There are a few special cases such as renovations that warrant a slightly higher increase but not the case for the standard rental unit.
Ah, we know what's on your mind! Now you are thinking: "is my rental unit on rent control"? Go on, take a read and stay informed.
Another example, a Landlord cannot collect damage deposits from Tenants. The typically deposit collected at the beginning can only be used for Last Month's Rent (LMR) payment.
There are many other common violations that occur in the rental ecosystem. As a tenant, when you're in a position you aren't sure about, it's always best to double check. It's free to explore so there is no harm in explaining your situation and getting more educated. These resources are a starting point. Nothing beats being prepared.
Please note that the hours of operation below may change at any time and it's advised that you check the organization's website to confirm.
TDC helps Tenants who do not have a legal representative present on the day of their hearing with the Landlord and Tenant Board.
By appointment in advance or try to call at least 30 minutes early into your hearing.
The hotline offers 30 minutes of free legal help and advice over the telephone on civil law matters such as housing.
Toll Free 1-855-255-7256
Monday to Friday between 9:00 am to 5:00 pm EST
Tenants facing eviction can get information about the eviction process and services. CCHR’s human rights services include helping tenants who: are being discriminated against when looking for housing, are being harassed, need accommodation for a human rights reason, such as a disability, want general information about human rights or the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.
416-944-0087 | 1-800-263-1139
Phone lines: Monday to Thursday: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm EST, Friday: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm EST | Live chat: Friday: 1:00 – 5:00 pm EST
The Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) resolves: disputes between residential landlords and tenants, and eviction applications filed by non-profit housing co-operatives. The LTB also provides information about its practices and procedures and the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants under the Residential Tenancies Act. Note: LTB isn't legal advice but can share information on the Residential Tenancy Act.
Phone 416-645-8080 | Toll-free 1-888-332-3234 | Toll-free TTY 1-800-855-0511 (Bell Relay Service)
Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm EST
The Law Society of Ontario has on online Law Society Referral Service that gives you the name of a lawyer or licensed paralegal who will give free legal advice for up to 30 minutes in any area of law.
1-855-947-5255 or 416-947-5255
Monday to Friday, between 9:00 am to 5:00 pm EST
The Ontario Legal Information Centre offers free 30-minute meeting with a lawyer to understand your legal situation. Consultations available in French and English for matters such as Landlord and Tenant issues.
Monday to Friday 9:00 to 12:00 pm EST, Monday to Thursday 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm EST
ACSA Legal Assistance Centre provides assistance to those who need legal support and assistance in filling out forms. You can book a free 20 minute legal consultation online.
(416) 292-6912 ext. 335
Varies depending on appointment
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