Find out if having guests could affect your rent

Extra charges

Your landlord cannot charge you extra fees for having guests or people staying with you. And in most cases, they cannot raise your rent because of that.

The provincial rent increase guideline gives most tenants some protection from unfair increases. But the guideline does not apply to all rental housing. If you are not protected by the guideline, your landlord might be allowed to raise your rent as much as they want without giving any reason. But they must give you 90 days’ written .

Rent subsidies

The rules may be different if you live in a place where you get a rent or the rent is based on your income. This is sometimes called public housing, or rent-geared-to-income (RGI) housing.

If someone stays at your place more than a certain amount of time, you might have to report their income and other financial details to your landlord or to the office that makes decisions about rent subsidies. Your rent could go up because of that.

Different has different rules about how long a guest can stay before it could affect your subsidy. These rules should be posted up somewhere in your building. For example, in Toronto Community Housing, the general rule is 30 days in any 12-month period.

If your rent is , ask your landlord for a copy of their policy about guests and visitors. Your local community legal clinic can usually help you find out and understand the rules where you live.

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