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Lease will expire - Rent increase

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Lease will expire - Rent increase

Can the landlord increase the rent by 22% after the lease expires? Can the landlord refuse to renew the lease if the increase is not accepted?
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Penalty Box
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covergirl wrote: Can the landlord increase the rent by 22% after the lease expires?
no, not in ontario.
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Her location says Alberta.

In Alberta (I think) landlord can do what ever they want.
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There is no rent increase protection in Alberta. And the landlord does not have to renew the lease if you can’t work out a deal.

https://www.servicealberta.ca/RTA-handb ... -guide.cfm

Hope this helps. Alberta isn’t nearly as tenant friendly as Ontario. You can check with the landlord tenant board for help.

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plans4canada wrote: Whats the point of a lease term then?
Its a formal process which places a choke chain around the neck of a landlord.
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plans4canada wrote: Whats the point of a lease term then?
It means literally nothing. Tenant has all the leverage. They can just flat out stop paying and there's nothing you can do about it.
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plans4canada wrote: Whats the point of a lease term then?
The lease term is for the tenant. They can't be evicted during the term lease for certain things like personal use.
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rjg4235 wrote: The lease term is for the tenant. They can't be evicted during the term lease for certain things like personal use.
The lease term is also for the landlord, providing a contractual obligation for the tenant to pay rent for the period of the lease. The tenant can't just "flat out stop paying", unless the landlord is foolish enough to rent to someone with nothing to lose. In which case, they should do a better job of screening their tenants.

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CNeufeld wrote: The lease term is also for the landlord, providing a contractual obligation for the tenant to pay rent for the period of the lease. The tenant can't just "flat out stop paying", unless the landlord is foolish enough to rent to someone with nothing to lose. In which case, they should do a better job of screening their tenants.
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I've heard so many horror stories of tenants stopped paying and landlords can't evict them.
Are these special scenarios?
Trying to understand this more.

EDIT: I'm in the GTA btw
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jmb2027 wrote: I've heard so many horror stories of tenants stopped paying and landlords can't evict them.
Are these special scenarios?
Trying to understand this more.

EDIT: I'm in the GTA btw
"Professional tenants" can drag out the process for a long time. They know the game and how to play it, probably better than many landlords.

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covergirl wrote: Can the landlord increase the rent by 22% after the lease expires? Can the landlord refuse to renew the lease if the increase is not accepted?
Alberta

Yes and yes.

Your lease is expired. You need a new lease. Rent on new lease can be anything, the only ruling is that there can only be one rent increase every 365 days. If you don't have a lease agreement and the lease has expired, you need to move out. The landlord may decide to keep you and sign a new lease despite your refusal to accept the rent increase, but unlikely.

Note that we are increasing our rent ourselves as well, tenants had it good with 2 years of recession where prices went down significantly and major concessions were done to keep a tenant. Prices are going up again. Just be aware that rents has been going up this year in most of Alberta. It's a two way street, right now the market is shifting back in favour of landlords and prices are adjusting accordingly (but still lower than 2014).
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CNeufeld wrote: The lease term is also for the landlord, providing a contractual obligation for the tenant to pay rent for the period of the lease. The tenant can't just "flat out stop paying", unless the landlord is foolish enough to rent to someone with nothing to lose. In which case, they should do a better job of screening their tenants.

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The tenant can do what they please. If they stop paying you can’t just kick them out. This is why we have professional tenants. They know it will take months to get them out so they stop paying. Does this happen often? No but it does happen. The point is the landlord has no protection while the tenant has a lot.
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JayLove06 wrote: The tenant can do what they please. If they stop paying you can’t just kick them out. This is why we have professional tenants. They know it will take months to get them out so they stop paying. Does this happen often? No but it does happen. The point is the landlord has no protection while the tenant has a lot.
Except
A) The OP is in Alberta, where the LTB isn't quite as "tenant focused"
B) The landlord DOES have protection. It just takes longer. So to say the landlord has "no protection" is just flat-out wrong.

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CNeufeld wrote: Except
A) The OP is in Alberta, where the LTB isn't quite as "tenant focused"
B) The landlord DOES have protection. It just takes longer. So to say the landlord has "no protection" is just flat-out wrong.

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Very Very little protection, which kicks in once the baddies already swung the bat couple times at ya shin and mugged your brand new iphone 3. The cops find the baddie but even then either he goes to jail OR you get your phone back rarely ever both.

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