What We Heard – July 26, 2021

Results of Landlord and Tenant Board consultations on upcoming amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act

In response to upcoming amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 (RTA), the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) consulted on changes and additions to its forms and instructions, interpretation guidelines and Rules of Procedure.

Consultations were open from January 19 - February 5, 2021. During the consultation period, the LTB received 24 written responses from landlord organizations, tenant organizations, legal representatives and individuals.

We read and carefully considered all the submissions. The feedback we received has helped us to make changes that will better meet the needs of tenants, landlords and their representatives.

Please note: The revisions described below are not reflected in the forms, instructions, Rules and guidelines currently posted on the LTB website. The changes will take effect on September 1, 2021, when the amendments to the RTA made by Bill 184, Protecting Tenants and Strengthening Community Housing Act, 2020, are proclaimed.

Here is a summary of the changes we are making in response to submissions we received during the consultation:

Email added as a method of service
Deadlines clarified
Clearer definitions
More information and evidence to support L2 and L10 application
More information about tenants’ rights
Other forms changes

In conclusion

The LTB would like to thank everyone who provided comments and suggestions during our consultation process. While we may not have addressed all concerns or implemented all suggestions that have been submitted, we remain committed to providing fair, effective and timely dispute resolution services to the people of Ontario.