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You can use this application to apply to the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) for an order reducing your rent because the landlord:
Note: Current tenants can apply for both of the above reasons in this application. Former tenants can only apply for a rent reduction because the landlord reduced or discontinued a service or facility while they were still a tenant.
Read these instructions before completing the application form. You are responsible for ensuring that your application is correct and complete. Follow the instructions carefully when you complete the application form.
The information you fill in on the form will be read electronically; therefore, it is important to follow the instructions below:
Fill in the complete address of the rental unit, including the unit number (or apartment or suite number) and the postal code.
If the street name includes a direction that will not fit in the five spaces provided (such as Northeast) use the following abbreviations: NE for Northeast, NW for Northwest, SE for Southeast, SW for Southwest.
If the address is: #208 at 1120 Mayfield Road North, London, this is how you should complete Part 1 of the application:
In the Tenant Names and Address section, fill in your name. If two tenants live in the rental unit, fill in both your names. If more than two tenants live in the rental unit, fill in information about two tenants in this section of Part 1. Provide the names, addresses and telephone numbers of any additional tenants on the Schedule of Parties form which is available from the LTB website at tribunalsontario.ca/ltb.
Fill in your mailing address only if it is different from the address of the rental unit. Provide your daytime and evening telephone numbers. Also provide your fax number and e-mail address if you have them.
In the Landlord’s Name and Address section, fill in the landlord’s name and address. If the landlord is a company, fill in the name of the company under “First Name”. Include both daytime and evening telephone numbers and a fax number and e-mail address, if you know them.
If there is more than one landlord, fill in information about one of the landlords in this section of Part 1. Provide the names, addresses and telephone numbers of any additional landlords on the Schedule of Parties form which is available from the LTB website at tribunalsontario.ca/ltb.
If you or your landlord have filed other applications that relate to this rental unit, and those applications have not been resolved, fill in the file numbers in the space provided.
Shade the appropriate boxes to indicate the reasons for your application.
The most the LTB can order based on your claims is $35,000. If you believe the landlord owes you more than $35,000, and you want to collect the full amount, you should apply to court and not to the LTB. Once the LTB issues an order based on your application, you no longer have any claim to amounts greater than $35,000.
Reason 1: My landlord has reduced or discontinued a service or facility in the last 12 months.
Shade the box next to Reason 1 if you are applying for a rent reduction because you believe your landlord has reduced or discontinued a service or facility. You can only apply for this reason if the service or facility was reduced or discontinued in the last 12 months.
Complete the table as follows:
If you are not sure of the exact date, indicate you are unsure and write in the approximate date. Attach additional sheets if necessary.
Note: If you live in a care home, you cannot apply for a reduction in rent if care services or meals have been reduced or discontinued. Do not list reduced or discontinued care services or meals on the chart on the form.
You must provide a rent history for the past year, or, if you have lived in the rental unit for less than one year, you must provide a rent history from the date you moved into the rental unit to the present.
Fill in the date you moved into the rental unit in the space provided, and then complete the table as follows:
Allen Wong is making an application on January 15, 2015 for a rent reduction. He moved into the rental unit on May 1, 2013. At that time, he paid a rent of $850 per month. On January 15, 2014, he was still paying $850 per month. On May 1, 2014 his rent was increased to $876.35 per month. Here is how he would fill out the Rent History information.
Reason 2: The municipal taxes and charges for the residential complex have decreased.
Shade the box next to Reason 2 if you are applying for a rent reduction because you believe that there was a decrease in the municipal taxes and charges for the residential complex.
Normally, when deciding if the landlord’s taxes have decreased, the LTB will consider the taxes for the complex for the two calendar years before you file the application. However, if the taxes for an earlier year were decreased by an appeal decision, the LTB will consider the taxes for the calendar year which changed as a result of the appeal decision and the calendar year before that. In that case, you must apply within 12 months of the date the appeal was decided.
Complete the table as follows:
Note: There are special rules for applying if the municipality issues the tax notice for a particular year late (after November 1 of the following year). You can contact the LTB for further information.
You must attach to the application evidence of the amount of property taxes charged by the municipality for the base year and the reference year.
If you are the tenant, shade either the circle marked “Tenant 1” or “Tenant 2” depending on whether you filled in your name under “Tenant 1” or “Tenant 2” on page 1 of the form. Then, sign the application form and fill in the date.
If you are the tenant’s representative, shade the circle marked “Tenant’s Representative”. Then, sign the application form and fill in the date.
The LTB wants to ensure that everyone who uses its services can ask for and receive accommodation and/or French Language services in order to be able to participate in its proceedings on an equal basis.
Shade the appropriate box or boxes on the form to indicate whether you need accommodation under the Ontario Human Rights Code, French-language services or both. The LTB will not include a copy of this form when we give the other parties a copy of the application form. However, the information will be included in your application file. The file may be viewed by other parties to the application.
If you require accommodation under the Human Rights Code, explain what services you need in the space provided.
Complete this form to provide the LTB with the information required to process your application. Your application will not be accepted if you do not pay the application fee at the time you file the application. If you owe money to the LTB as a result of failing to pay a fee or any fine or costs set out in an order, your application may be refused or discontinued.
You may request a fee waiver if you meet the financial eligibility requirements set out by the LTB. You will need to complete the Fee Waiver Form which is available from the LTB website at tribunalsontario.ca/ltb. For more information about fee waivers and the eligibility criteria, go to the fee waiver rules and practice direction on the Rules of Practice page of LTB website.
Shade the appropriate box to show whether you are paying by online payment, money order, certified cheque, Visa or MasterCard. You can pay online using a debit or credit card. If you pay online, email your receipt and application to LTBpayments@ontario.ca.
If you are filing my mail or courier, you can pay by credit card by completing the Credit Card Payment Form and submitting it with your application. You cannot pay by cash or debit card if you are filing your application by mail or courier.
To file this application, you must include the following:
Your application will be refused if any of the items listed above are missing.
If you are applying for a rent reduction because you believe that there was a decrease in the municipal taxes and charges for the complex, you must also include evidence of the amount of property taxes charged by the municipality for the base year and reference year.
You can file your application in one of the following ways:
You can pay online using a debit or credit card. If you pay online, email your receipt and application to LTBpayments@ontario.ca.
Mail or courier your T3 application to the nearest LTB office.
To find a list of LTB office locations visit the LTB website at tribunalsontario.ca/ltb. You can also call the LTB at 416-645-8080 or 1-888-332-3234 (toll-free).
If you mail or courier your application, you can pay the application fee by certified cheque, money order, Visa or MasterCard. Certified cheques and money orders must be made payable to the Minister of Finance. If you are filing by mail or courier and paying by Visa or Mastercard, you must complete the Credit Card Payment Form and submit it with your application.
Effective December 31, 2021, the LTB has decommissioned its fax machines assigned to regional offices. This means that except for a limited number of circumstances, the LTB no longer accepts documents, including applications, by fax.
If you must use fax to file applications or submit documents urgently because you don't have access to a computer and/or internet or can't visit a local ServiceOntario office, applicants can fax applications and documents that don't have a fee associated, or where they are eligible for a fee waiver, to 1-833-610-2242 or (416) 326-6455.
Due to Payment Card Industry (PCI) security compliance requirements, the LTB cannot accept credit card payment via fax. Applications with credit card information will be automatically deleted and not processed. Please contact the LTB at 1-888- 332-3234 for information on how to submit payment information.
You can visit the LTB website at: tribunalsontario.ca/ltb.
You can call the LTB at 416-645-8080 from within the Toronto calling area, or toll- free at 1-888-332-3234 from outside Toronto, and speak to one of our Customer Service Officers.
Customer Service Officers are available Monday to Friday, except holidays, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. They can provide you with information about the Residential Tenancies Act and the LTB's processes; they cannot provide you with legal advice. You can also access our automated information menu at the same numbers listed above 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.