Province Introduces Proposed Changes to Ontario's Rental Rules

March 12, 2020

The Province introduced the Protecting Tenants and Strengthening Community Housing Act, 2020 in Ontario's legislature, which would update the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006, the Housing Services Act, 2011, the Ontario Mortgage and Housing Corporation Act and the Building Code Act, 1992.

The proposed changes to Ontario's rental rules would:
  • ​Aim to protect tenants by preventing unlawful evictions and increasing tenant compensation for "no fault" and "bad faith" evictions by up to one month's rent and 12 month's rent, respectively
  • Double the maximum fine amounts for offences under the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 - to $50,000 for an individual and $250,000 for a corporation - to discourage unlawful evictions
  • Aim to modernize and streamline dispute resolution processes over time at the Landlord and Tenant Board, and allow alternatives to formal hearings to resolve certain issues and encourage negotiated settlements
  • Shift many disputes such as unpaid utility bills from the Small Claims Court to the Landlord and Tenant Board

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