Landlord and Tenant Board – Bill 184 Residential Tenancies Act

 In Landlord & Tenant, Ontario Landlord Tenant Board, paralegal Newmarket

The Ontario government has made recent amendments that take effect September 1, 2021 to the Residential Tenancies Act as follows (from the Social Justice Tribunal of Ontario Website)

Amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 (RTA) resulting from Bill 184, the Protecting Tenants and Strengthening Community Housing Act, 2020, take effect today.

As a result of the amendments:

  • Tenants can claim compensation equal to 12 months’ rent if their landlord issued an eviction notice in bad faith or the landlord does not allow them to move back in after renovations or repairs.
  • Landlords will be able to apply to the LTB to claim compensation for unpaid rent, unpaid utilities or damages to the rental unit for up to one year after the tenant has moved out.
  • Landlords will be able to apply to the LTB to claim out-of-pocket expenses incurred as a result of the tenant or former tenant’s “substantial interference with the reasonable enjoyment of the residential complex or with another lawful right, privilege or interest of the landlord.”
  • Landlords who are filing an eviction application because the landlord, a purchaser or a family member requires the rental unit, or because they want to demolish the rental unit, repair it or convert it to another use, must disclose all previous notices (N12 or N13) given to any tenant for these purposes in the last two years for any rental unit.

The Amendment also affects various forms and procedures.

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