A/C In The Summer – Can Landlords Charge More?

We’ve all been there – a heatwave in the middle of the summer. Relying on airconditioning has become much more of a necessity than a luxury.

Does a landlord have the right to charge extra for air conditioning? What if your hydro fees are included in your rent?

In short, yes. But there are a few exceptions to this.

Under section 123 of the Residential Tenancies Act, a landlord is legally allowed to charge you for the use of an air conditioner. This section allows for a landlord to increase the rent if both the tenant agrees to the addition of a “prescribed service”. If a clause for extra charges is not in the lease, the landlord must get the tenant to pay an increase in rent but will have to go to the Landlord & Tenant board to enforce it.

If a landlord is to charge for additional electricity, it must be included in the monthly rent cost. It cannot be a lump sum for the entire month, and the maximum increase should amount to the cost of the actual service the landlord is providing. A reasonable amount must be negotiated if the exact price cannot be determined.

An illegal charge would be if a landlord were to charge a tenant for an A/C unit that they did not previously charge for.

If you’ve been asked to pay an illegal charge, you may have it resolved here: http://www.sjto.gov.on.ca/documents/ltb/Tenant%20Applications%20&%20Instructions/T1.pdf    

 

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Landlords: Is An Inspection Report Important On Move-In & Out Days?

“One Ontario resident learned the hard way about the importance of inspections. When she initially moved in, neither she nor her landlord formally inspected the property. When she moved out, she found herself legally and financially responsible for removing a wall that the previous tenants had constructed in the unit.”
It is critical that the condition of the rental unit be documented on moving day.
This will help:
  • Note previous damage
  • Establish a baseline to evaluate normal wear and tear
  • Decide who is responsible for paying for any potential damages that might occur in the future.
For tenants, it will also waive any liability for damages that existed prior to moving in.
Tenants and landlords should always conduct the move-in inspection together.
[call-out: Did you know? In some provinces, the security deposit is only repayable if the move-in inspection matches the one completed upon moving out.]
Located in British Columbia or the Yukon?  (not Ontario)
A Condition Inspection Report is required by law. Both the tenant and landlord should complete, sign and date the form at move-in and move-out.
Final inspections
When a tenant moves out, the Move-in Report will come in handy.  Refer to the initial inspection that was completed upon moving in, and compare it with the condition of each room on moving out.
We strongly recommend taking photos prior to move in, ever little bit helps to avoid confusion at move out.
Ask your Sutton Realty for any photos available from the time you listed the property.