Suite Metering Rules Finally Arrive for Ontario Landlords
What are suite meters?
But in May of 2010, the government received Royal Assent for the new Energy Consumer Protection Act, 2010. The Residential Tenancies Act has also been amended (such amendments to be proclaimed on January 1st, 2011) and the government created a new Regulation, ONTARIO REGULATION 394/10, filed in October 2010, allowing landlords to provide suite sub-metering to existing tenants, provided they have informed consent, and requiring landlords to meet prescribed energy efficiency standards, but for refrigerators only.
Interruption in supply
But it’s not so easy. There is a lot of info the landlord is required to provide to in-situ tenants prior to the tenant agreeing to make the change. I assume the suite-meter provider will be anxious to provide this information readily in a format that’s easy to use. In fact the ECPA sets out that the provider must forward the required info to a residential landlord within 10 days after receiving a request from the landlord related to sub-metering of a rental unit. The Regulation sets out that:
ONTARIO REGULATION 394/10
So, as a brief summary:
The Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) has
provided these forms on their website on December 24th, 2010.
I have attached the first item.
The expected forms include:
1) Information for prospective tenants form
2) Tenant consent form for suite-metering (for when you want to convert a sitting tenant from bulk metering to suite metering
3) Rent reduction schedules (for each of the different rent reduction options)
4) Notice to terminate the obligation to supply electricity
So What Do You Need To Know?
Tenants will be able to apply to the Landlord and Tenant Board for remedies if the landlord has breached their obligations around consent, rent reductions, energy standards, or disclosure of information.