Finding and keeping a place to live can be difficult in the current real estate market. As a result, the government of Ontario is attempting to clarify certain landlord and tenant issues with new legislation. One of these new laws dictates requirements for landlords who wish to evict someone in order to open up a property for themselves or a family member to move in.
These laws fall into the category of "tenant protections" and require landlords to provide ample notice and compensation if undergoing such an eviction. If Ontario landlords evict tenants to use the units themselves, they are now required to provide one month's rent as compensation to the tenants. As an alternative, they may provide a comparable unit to the tenant.
They are also required to express their intent to do this for at least a year. This is put in place to deter landlords from evicting the tenant supposedly for family use, then re-renting it for a higher rate. Landlords who advertise, re-rent, demolish or convert a unit within twelve months of the eviction may face fines up to $25,000. The new law was announced in spring along with other measures to address landlord and tenant issues and took effect on September 1 of this year.
The Ontario government continues to make changes in the laws to clarify landlord and tenant issues. For those leasing properties in the province, it is important to stay aware of these regulations. A licensed paralegal or lawyer with experience handling these cases may be a good resource when questions or disputes arise.
Source: CBC News, "Ontario landlords now have to pay tenants if evicting them to use units for themselves", Sept. 1, 2017