Rules of Procedure
Effective September 1, 2021

(Disponible en français)

The Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) has the authority to make rules to govern its procedures under s. 176 of the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 and s. 25.1 of the Statutory Powers and Procedures Act. These Rules apply to all proceedings before the LTB.

There are two parts to the LTB's Rules. Part I is the Social Justice Tribunals Ontario (SJTO) Common Rules, which also apply in other tribunals within SJTO. The Common Rules came into effect on October 1, 2013.

Part II is the LTB Specific Rules as of December 1, 2020, which apply only within the LTB.

Both parts of the Rules should be read together.

Table of Contents

I) Social Justice Tribunals Ontario Common Rules

II) Landlord and Tenant Board Specific Rules

I) Social Justice Tribunals Ontario Common Rules


Social Justice Tribunals Ontario (SJTO) is a cluster of eight adjudicative tribunals with a mandate to resolve applications and appeals under statutes relating to child and family services oversight, youth justice, human rights, residential tenancies, disability support and other social assistance, special education and victim compensation.

The SJTO is committed to providing quality dispute resolution across the cluster including ensuring that its procedures are transparent and understandable. Identifying common procedures and values across the SJTO and, where appropriate, harmonizing those procedures improves access to justice and fosters consistency in the application of fundamental principles of fairness.

These Common Rules are grounded in the core adjudicative values and principles of the SJTO which govern the work of the cluster. The Common Rules provide a consistent overarching framework of common procedures that will continue to evolve.

How to Use These Rules

  1. The SJTO Common Rules apply to all cases in any SJTO tribunal and form part of the rules and procedures of each tribunal.
  2. For more specific rules please refer to the rules and procedures of:

Part A - Adjudicative Values and Interpretive Principles

Rule A1 - Application

The Common Rules apply to the proceedings of the SJTO. The Common Rules form part of the rules of each SJTO tribunal.

Rule A2 - Definitions

"rules and procedures" includes rules, practice directions, policies, guidelines and procedural directions;
"tribunal" means any SJTO tribunal or board.

Rule A3 - Interpretation

Rule A4 - Tribunal Powers

Rule A5 - Accommodation of Human Rights Code - Related Needs

Rule A6 - Language

Rule A7 - Courtesy and Respect

Rule A8 - Abuse of Process

Rule A9 - Representatives

Rule A10 - Litigation Guardians

II) Landlord and Tenant Board Specific Rules

Rule 1 - General Rules

Rule 2 - Fee Waivers

Rule 3 - Service of Documents on a Person or Party

Rule 4 - Filing with the LTB

Rule 5 - Service of Application and Notice of Hearing

Rule 6 - Refusal to Accept or Continue to Process an Application

Rule 7 - LTB Proceeding

Rule 8 - Pre-Hearing Conferences

Rule 9 - Case Management Hearings

Rule 10 - L1/L9 Hearings

Rule 11 - Application for Above Guideline Rent Increase

Rule 12 - Non-Profit Housing Co-operatives

Rule 13 - Mediation and Dispute Resolution

Rule 14 - Consent Orders

Rule 15 - Amending Applications

Rule 16 - Request to Extend or Shorten Time

Rule 17 - Withdrawing an Application

Rule 18 - Severing an Application

Rule 19 - Disclosure and Evidence

Rule 20 - Paying Money Into and Out of the LTB

Rule 21 - Rescheduling and Adjournments

Rule 22 - Orders and Reasons

Rule 23 - Costs

Rule 24 - Amending Orders

Rule 25 - Voiding or Staying an Order

Rule 26 - Review of Orders

Appendix A: ServiceOntario Centres

Appendix B: Witness Fees

Rule 53.04(4) of the Rules of Civil Procedure

Attendance money actually paid to a witness who is entitled to attendance money, to be calculated as follows:

Item Amount

  1. Attendance allowance for each day of necessary attendance: $50
  2. Travel allowance, where the hearing or examination is held:
    1. in a city or town in which the witness resides, $3.00 for each day of necessary attendance;
    2. within 300 kilometres of where the witness resides, 24¢ a kilometre each way between his or her residence and the place of hearing or examination;
    3. more than 300 kilometres from where the witness resides, the minimum return airfare plus 24¢ a kilometre each way from his her residence to the airport and from the airport to the place of hearing or examination.
  3. Overnight accommodation and meal allowance, where the witness resides elsewhere than the place of hearing or examination and is required to remain overnight, for each overnight stay: $75

Effective as of September 1, 2021
Updated March 8, 2022