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Rent Increase Guideline

The guideline is the maximum a landlord can increase most tenants' rent duing a year without the approval of Landlorod and Tenant Board.

  • Rent increase guideline for 2018
  • Who it applies to
  • When can rent be increased
  • How the guideline is calculated
  • A sample calculation
  • Previous rent increase guidelines


Rent Increase Guideline for 2018

The rent increase guideline is 1.8% for increases between 1 January and December 2018.


Who it Applies to

The guideline applies to most private residential rental units covered by the Residential Tenancies Act

The guideline does not apply to:

  • vacant residential units
  • social housing units
  • nursing homes
  • commercial properties
  • Additional information


When can rent be increased

In most cases, the rent for a unit can be increased 12 months after:

  • the last rent increase

  • a tenant first moves in

A tenant must be given written notice of a rent increase at leaset 90 days before it takes effect.


How the guideline is calculated

It is calculated using the Ontario Consumer Price Index, a Statistics Canada tool that measures inflation and econimic conditions over a year. Data from June to May is used to determine the 2017 guideline for the following year.

A sample calculation 

Your monthly rent was increased to $1,000 on 1 June,2017.

The guideline for 2018 is 1.8%. Therefore:

  • an increase of 1.8% on $1,000 = $18.00
  • $1,000 + $18.00 = $1,018.00

Your landlord could lawfully increase your rent payment 12 months later on 1 June,2018 up to $1,018.00 per month.


Your landlord would need to provide you written notice at least 90 days

before 1 June,2018


Previous rent increase guidelines

The chart below illustrates yearly rent increases, in Ontario, from 2009 to 2017.

Year Guideline (%)
2017 1.5
2016 2.0
2015 1.6
2014 0.4
2013 2.5
2012 3.1
2011 0.7
2010 2.1
2009 1.8



Additional information

For more information on the rent increase guideline, contact the Landlord and Tenant Board:

  • (via email)
  • 1-416-645-8080 (in Toronto Area)
  • 1-88-332-3234 ( toll free, outside the Toronto area)


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NATASHA McCOLL - Condominium.Ca

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