Regulation - LGIC

Residential Rental Property Maintenance Standards revocation under the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006

Regulation Number(s):
Instrument Type:
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Residential Tenancies Act, 2006
Summary of Decision:
The ministry decided not to proceed with the proposal to revoke Ontario Regulation 517/06. A new legislative approach that requires local enforcement of residential rental maintenance standards was enacted under the Promoting Affordable Housing Act, 2016.
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
September 27, 2012
Summary of Proposal:
As noted in the 2012 Budget, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing will end the Province's enforcement role for property maintenance standards. As part of this change, the Ontario Regulation 517/06, which sets out these standards, will be revoked.

Most municipalities in Ontario have already passed by-laws that supersede existing provincial standards and so will be unaffected by this change. Of the approximately 164 municipalities with no or partial by-law coverage, only 49 have had any inspections within their boundaries in the last six years. This change is intended to achieve consistency across all municipalities.

Landlords will still be responsible for maintaining residential rental units in good condition and fit for habitation. Tenants will be able to apply to the Landlord and Tenant Board to resolve complaints.

The 2012 Budget committed that this change will occur by April 1, 2014 and while the exact date of the change remains to be confirmed, the anticipated date is January 1, 2014. Before this change occurs the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing will encourage affected municipalities to assess their local need for a property standards by-law.
Contact Address:
Jim Torretto, Manager
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Corporate Policy and Programs Branch
12th Flr
777 Bay St
Toronto ON
Effective Date:
December 8, 2016