Can my landlord raise my rent during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Yes, your landlord can raise rent your rent in 2022. The rent increase guideline for 2022 is 1.2%.

There was a rent freeze in 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Your landlord could not raise your rent at all from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021. This is because the government made the rent increase guideline for the year 2021 zero percent.

The rent freeze also applied 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 could not raise your rent in 2021.

Your landlord was allowed to give you a rent increase in 2021 but the increase could not start before January 1, 2022.

If your landlord gave you a rent increase notice to take effect in 2021, it's not legal. You can apply to the Landlord and Tenant Board to get your money back, but you must do this within one year of when you started paying the higher rent. If you need more help:

  • Call Pro Bono Ontario‘s free legal advice hotline at 1-855- 255-7256
  • Find your local community legal clinic using your address or postal code at the Legal Aid Ontario website or call 1-800-668-8258
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