As of Friday, September 8, 2017 under the rental fairness act landlords can no longer evict tenants for their own personal use without compensating the tenants.
“When a tenant is evicted through no fault of their own, they are forced to scramble to find new accommodations and cover the costs of a sudden move,” Housing Minister Peter Milczyn said in a statement. - Peter Milczyn
Ontario tenants will have more protection from eviction as of September 8, 2017.
That’s when new laws aimed at stopping landlords from evicting people from their rental units will be in place.
“When a tenant is evicted through no fault of their own, they are forced to scramble to find new accommodations and cover the costs of a sudden move,” Housing Minister Peter Milczyn said in a statement.
Landlords will have to pay one month’s rent to the evicted tenant or offer him or her another comparable rental unit.
There will also be a new measure in place to ensure that an apartment isn’t vacated, for a relative, and, less than one year later, rented out to someone else.
“If the landlord advertises, re-rents or demolishes/converts the unit within one year, she or he will be considered to have acted in bad faith, unless they can prove otherwise and could face a fine of up to $25,000,” the government says.
“The new measures will help protect tenants by discouraging landlords from unlawfully evicting them, whether for conversion of the unit into a short-term rental or immediately re-renting it at a higher rate.”
Milczyn, who is also the minister responsible for Ontario’s poverty-reduction strategy, said the aim is to help “make that transition easier” for tenants forced to move.
The minister said, in some cases, it could “prevent it from happening at all, by curbing unlawful evictions.”