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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Leslieville Residents Protest Renoviction!

Leslieville residents protested outside their apartment building over the weekend. They are being forced out of their homes so the landlord can renovate and raise the price of rent. This is known as “renoviction”. One Toronto councillor says “its time to change the rules to stop landlords from getting away with this.” Tenants are terrified and some of them even checking every morning for an eviction notice! Some tenants opted for the buy out while others have no intention of leaving after living there for almost a decade.

to read the full story visit:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/renoviction-fletcher-245-logan-1.5354690