How often can my landlord raise my rent?

Most landlords must follow two main rules about when they can increase the rent. Your landlord must:

  • wait at least 12 months before raising your rent
  • give you a written at least 90 days before raising your rent

12 months between increases

After you move in, your landlord must wait at least 12 months before raising your rent. Any increases after that also must be at least 12 months apart.

90 days’ notice

Your landlord must give you a written notice at least 90 days before your rent goes up. For example, if your landlord wants to raise your rent on June 1, they must give you a written Notice of Rent Increase no later than March 2.

This notice should be on a Form N1 or N2 from the . If your landlord does not use the Board’s form, the notice might still be legal if it includes all the information that is on the Board’s form.

Some landlords do not have to follow these two rules. For example, Rent Geared to Income (RGI) housing has other rules about how much rent you have to pay and how much notice you get if your rent is going up. Your rent is usually based on your family size and household income. 

Rent freeze in 2021

The government has announced that the guideline for the year 2021 will be zero percent. This means that your landlord cannot raise your rent at all from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021, even if it has been more than 12 months since your last increase.

The freeze also applies to RGI tenants and those paying “market” rent in community or .

And the rent rules don’t apply if you share a kitchen or bathroom with the landlord or their close family members. Your landlord can raise your rent as much as they want and whenever they want, unless your rental agreement says they can’t.

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