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How much can my rent go up?

How much can my rent go up?
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How much can my rent go up?
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December 13, 2018

In most cases, your landlord can only raise your rent by a percentage called the "guideline".

The rent increase guideline

The guideline is set by the government. By the end of each August, the government announces the guideline for the next calendar year.

For rent increases in 2018 and 2019 the guideline is 1.8%. In 2017, the guideline was 1.5%. 

Your landlord must also wait 12 months between increases. And your landlord must give you a written notice at least 90 days before your rent goes up.

And the guideline might not apply to some new units, or units in new buildings or new additions. There is more information about this in the first step.

Above-guideline increases

Your landlord can apply to the Landlord and Tenant Board for approval to raise the rent by more than the guideline.


These rent rules don't apply to some rental units. For example, if you live in subsidized housing or if you share a kitchen or bathroom with your landlord or their family, they might not apply.

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