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Proposed Amendments to Clarify and Enhance Rental Rules Related to Air Conditioning

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May 6, 2023

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The government of Ontario is seeking feedback on proposed changes to the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 (RTA) which would clarify and enhance rules related to the installation of air conditioning (A/C) units.

Currently, under the RTA, landlords and tenants can agree to the installation of A/C units in exchange for a seasonal rent increase. In practice, some landlords may prohibit the installation of an A/C unit in their tenancy agreement; however, the RTA does not set out grounds for this prohibition.

The government is proposing changes which are intended to clarify and enhance the rules around tenant installation and use of A/C units.

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