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 is 1.8% for 2018 and 2019. It was 1.5% for 2017.
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.