Educate Yourself

Can my landlord increase my rent?

One of the biggest fears renters have is being priced out of their own homes. Landlords often increase rent to profit more from their tenants, or because they claim they need to do repairs or renovations.

But as a tenant, you have rights that protect you from suddenly being unable to afford your home.  

When can my landlord increase my rent?

Your landlord is only allowed to increase rent once every 12 months:

  • since the day of the last rent increase if there’s been a previous increase; or

  • since the day you started renting the unit.

What is a housing co-op?

Housing co-operatives are democratic communities where there’s no landlord. Every resident is a member of the co-op and gets a say in how it’s run.

Co-ops are often more affordable than renting from privately owned housing. There are two types of pricing options in co-ops:

  • Market units are supposed to cost about the same as any other apartment, but are usually slightly cheaper.

  • Subsidized units cost only a portion of the market price, but usually have long waiting-lists.

What is subsidized housing?

Subsidized housing allows people to pay rent according to how much money they make. If you aren’t making much money and can't afford your rent right now, subsidized housing may be a good option for you.

Who can apply for subsidized housing?  

  • Families
  • Single people (16 years and older)
  • Seniors
  • People with disabilities who can live on their own without help, unless arranged with a non-profit organization

How do I know if I can apply?

Everyone in your house must be:

A guide to moving out

Moving out for the first time can be exciting, but takes a lot of planning. Here are a few things to consider before you move.

Who do you want to live with?

First and foremost, you need to decide if you want to live on your own, with friends, or with strangers.

Living alone sounds appealing, but it can get really expensive. If you can’t afford to rent a place by yourself, or if you want to save money, then finding roommates is probably your best option.

What are my rights as a tenant?

If you're moving out for the first time and trying to make it in the "real" world, you're probably very excited. You're also probably a little nervous about how you should go about it. 

As a tenant, it's important to know what you owe your landlord, and what they owe you back. If you know your rights, you'll feel more confident when you approach your landlord about issues that come up.

What is a shelter?

A shelter is a free place to sleep if you have nowhere else to go. Shelters are also sometimes called ‘hostels’. If you are homeless, feel unsafe in your own home, or are in an emergency situation where you need a place to stay, you should think about going to a shelter.

You can stay at some shelters for a short time and others will let you stay longer.