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2016 Ontario Rent Increase Guideline

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2016 Ontario Rent Increase Guideline

Ministry of Municipal Affairs

The 2016 rent increase guideline has been set at 2.0 per cent and applies to most private residential rental accommodation covered by the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006.

The guideline is not applicable to:

  • Vacant residential units
  • Residential units first occupied on or after November 1, 1991
  • Social housing units
  • Nursing homes 
  • Commercial property

Timing of rent increases - In most cases, the rent for a unit can be increased when 12 months have passed since a tenant either first moved in or since the last rent increase. A tenant must be given proper written notice of a rent increase at least 90 days before the rent increase is to take effect.

Calculation of the guideline - The rent increase guideline is calculated under the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 and is based on the Ontario Consumer Price Index, which is calculated monthly by Statistics Canada. The 2016 guideline is calculated by averaging the percentage increase in the Ontario Consumer Price Index during the previous 12 months from June 2014 to May 2015. 

Sample rent increase calculation - The monthly rent of an apartment is $1,000 beginning Aug. 1, 2015. With proper written 90 days notice to the tenant, the landlord could lawfully increase the rent 12 months later on Aug. 1, 2016. 

For example:

  • The guideline for 2016 is 2.0 per cent 
  • A rent increase of 2.0 per cent on $1,000 = $20.00 
  • Therefore, the new rent on August 1, 2016 could be up to $1,020.00 ($1,000 + $20.00) 

Previous Rent Increase Guidelines

Year

Guideline (%)

2016

2.0 

2015

1.6

2014

0.8

2013

2.5

2012

3.1

2011

0.7

2010

2.1

2009

1.8

2008

1.4

2007

2.6

2006

2.1

2005

1.5

2004

2.9

2003

2.9

2002

3.9

2001

2.9

2000

2.6

1999

3.0

1998

3.0

1997

2.8

1996

2.8

1995

2.9

1994

3.2

1993

4.9

1992

6.0

1991

5.4

Media Contacts

  • For media inquiries only:

  • Mark Cripps

    Minister's Office

    416-585-6842

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  • Conrad Spezowka

    Communications Branch

    416-585-7066

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