Landlords can no longer evict tenants without compensation

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Sault Police, Eviction, Crime

The province is increasing security and peace of mind for renters by placing new requirements on the circumstances in which landlords can evict tenants.Effective September 1, 2017, when a landlord ends a tenancy so that they or a family member can use a rental unit, landlords must:

Provide one month’s rent to the tenant as compensation or offer the tenant another acceptable rental unit.

Express intent to occupy the unit for at least one year. If the landlord advertises, re-rents or demolishes/converts the unit within one year, she or he will be considered to have acted in bad faith unless they can prove otherwise, and could face a fine of up to $25,000.

The new measures will help protect tenants by discouraging landlords from unlawfully evicting them, whether for conversion of the unit into a short-term rental or immediately re-renting it at a higher rate.

These changes build on other protections for tenants under the Fair Housing Plan such as the expansion of rent control to all private rental units, including those first occupied on or after November 1, 1991.

10 COMMENTS

  1. I just got out of a Landlord Tenant Board Hearing. My landlord’s Eviction Notice was dismissed for contradiction to earlier statements. The Judicator turned to me and said “you can not prevent the landlord from moving into the other room in your rental unit”…problem there is this. If landlord does move in to the other room in basement.. I would then be sharing accommodations with that landlord….and Residential Tenancy Act no longer applies. Which means he can evict me instantly (and yes that can happen as it’s happened to be last year).

  2. Daryn, this is a new law to protect good tenants from bad landlords. Some landlords use the excuse of wanting the unit for themselves or a family member in order to evict a tenant only to re-rent it at a higher rent. If a tenant is legally evicted due to lack of payment, damage to the unit, etc, there is no compensation at all

  3. This law helps innocent tenants from scumbag landlords. Like me (tenant). My landlord wanted $300 more a month (and have not done anything wrong..no damage done or anything) or evict me. When he was informed that was illegal, he turned around and said he “wanted the rental unit for himself”…..which is a load of crap. This law helps good tenants like me. Not all landlords are good.

  4. its only for when a landlord evicts the tenant because they will rent ot a family member or move in themselves. they dont have to supply compensation to people who have destroyed their property or havent paid the rent. I think its a great idea because some people cant afford first and last months rent with oly 60 days notice. It’s ot cheap to move especially if you have children. Finding housing can be hard enough for some people let alone the cost

  5. This is just one more bullet in the gun against landlords, making it even harder to get rid of horrible tenants. Why should a landlord get a huge fine for removing bad tenants and re renting a unit ? Create a counter law making tenants hold liability insurance that covers damage to the unit !!

  6. no….this is in addition to . When you pay first and last months rent, you are using your own money. This stipulation is a penalty and even if you stayed last month free because of you previous paying first and last, you would be given the equivalent monthly rent amount…I hope this clears it up

    • What about them offering you another unit and you decline say because the rent would be more? or it isn’t their own rental unit but they refer you to something available?

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