Responding to a rent increase notice

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Bénévoles du Storefront / Storefront volunteersIf your landlord asks for a rent increase, you have the right to refuse it. You do not have to either accept it or move out. You can refuse an increase that you think is unfair based on the landlord’s expenses.

If you have received a rent increase notice, you have one month to reply.

When deciding how to respond to a rent increase notice, here are some things to consider:

  1. Check that the legal deadlines are being respected
  2. Use the Rental Board’s rent increase guidelines to approximate a rent adustment
  3. When using the guidelines, take into account the type of heating
  4. When using the guidelines, take into account and adjust for any major repairs and renovations
  5. When using the guidelines, take into account and adjust for changes in municipal taxes
  6. There are other possible expenses by your landlord that could affect the amount of your rent increase

We can help you understand how rent increases are calculated by the Rental Board and check that the legal deadlines for sending the notice were respected. You may decide to refuse or negotiate the amount being asked. If so, we can help you write a letter of response.

If you would like our help, come to the Storefront in person with your rent increase notice, or call Project Genesis and ask to speak with an advisor.