During the summer months, air conditioners can run up high bills in houses and apartments alike. The high cost of energy has led to many landlord and tenant issues over this fact. Some landlords in the GTA, Vaughan, York Region and across Ontario charge tenants extra fees for using an air conditioner due to the added energy expenses. However, tenants are becoming aware that these fees are not legal and are demanding buildings remove such requests.
People can often find themselves in the middle of a tough tenant-landlord dispute when one or both sides are unaware of the laws governing an issue. Tenants' rights associations across the area deal with the issue of air conditioner fees every summer. Many of the notices tenants receive regarding this issue are, in fact, illegal.
Elderly tenants may need air conditioning units for their health and safety, but they may find themselves needing to make difficult financial decisions as a result of these regulations. Others may choose not to get air conditioners for fear of extra fees. However, even they sometimes face obligatory payments to landlords with the promise of a refund should they not use an air conditioner for the duration of the summer.
The growing cost of energy in Ontario and across the York Region makes this issue a difficult one, and landlords may feel fees are appropriate. However, the law has the final say in landlord and tenant issues such as these. A paralegal with experience in landlord tenant matters is a great resource for landlords and tenants alike seeking to understand their rights and responsibilities in cases such as this.
Source: CBC News, "Tenants at East York apartment building 'ecstatic' after landlord ditches air conditioning fees", Amara Mclaughlin, Aug 3, 2017