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  • May 17th, 2015 6:51 am
Jan 18, 2008
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Lease Terms

Renting our our apartment. Signing a lease with tenant for 18 months. Is there a clause that I can add into the lease that states I have the option to increase rent after 12 months passes with 90 day notice? How would I word that? Thanks.
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Jan 31, 2006
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Why not just sign a one year deal then an option for 6 months extension with rent increase provision (which is allow under the law). That way you are better safe than sorry.
Jan 16, 2015
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Toronto, ON
You can only raise the rent about 1.6% per year regardless if he sign his first born to you after 12 months.
Deal Addict
Oct 29, 2010
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The only way to really raise it is to find someone else. 1.6% after 12 months is like nothing.
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Dec 21, 2010
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You are signing him at the rate of $xxx for the 18 months. After that you can increase the rent. Otherwise, make the tenancy agreement for a twelve month term.
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Feb 8, 2014
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Assuming the OP is in Ontario:

1.6% is not set in stone, the government allows you to raise the rent at the previous year rate of inflation which they publish each year. Any increase above that is not legal unless your building is newer then a set date (i forget what year, you'll have to look that up)
Also you can't enforce a lease thats more then 1 year by law.

Make sure you have fully background checked your tenant, and look into other resources that can prepare you for being a landlord, its not fun and games, and make sure your using a bulletproof lease because in Ontario landlords have very few rights and tenants can legally abuse you in ways you can't imagine.
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Dec 12, 2006
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You can actually raise rent more than the 1.6% if you have done major repairs( roof, plumbing, etc.... NOT COSMETIC ) since tenant moved in. But as well if inflation rate lowers means its lower than 1.6% without repairs.

But as well landlord allowed to increase rent 12 months in even if not in contract, and lease turns to a month to month versus yearly tenant. Just make sure you have delivered rent increase via signatured mail 90 days prior to year.