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Guideline increases

Your landlord can raise your rent every year by a percentage that the provincial government sets. This is called the «guideline». Each year by the end of August, the government announces the guideline for the next calendar year.

The guideline for 2020 is 2.2%. In 2019 it was 1.8%.

To give you a guideline rent increase, your landlord must follow these rules:

12 months apart: After you move in, your landlord must wait at least 12 months before raising your rent. And any increases after that also must be at least 12 months apart.

90 days' written notice: Your landlord must give you a written notice at least 90 days before your rent goes up. This notice should be on one of the forms from the Landlord and Tenant Board. If your landlord does not use the Board's form, the notice could still be valid if it includes all the information that is on the Board's form.

Exceptions: The guideline does not apply to:

  • a building or new addition that had no one living in it on or before November 15, 2018
  • a self-contained apartment created after November 15, 2018 in a house that contained no more than two units on or before that date, if:
    • the owner lived in the house at the time the apartment was first lived in, or
    • the apartment was created in previously unfinished space

In these units, there is usually no limit to how much a landlord can increase the rent. But the 12 month and 90 day rules still apply.

Rent freeze in 2021: The government has announced that the guideline for the year 2021 will be zero percent. This means that your landlord cannot raise your rent at all from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021.

Your landlord is allowed to give you a rent increase notice in 2021 but the increase cannot start before January 1, 2022.

This rent freeze will also apply to newer units that are normally not covered by the guideline. So even if your building was first occupied or your unit was created after November 15, 2018, your landlord cannot raise your rent in 2021.