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The City of Ottawa Web pages
provide information on residential rent reductions, the Task Force on Property Assessment, and many other property tax topics.

The Task Force's report is at
Under the heading "Making Property Taxes Fairer", the Task Force said this:
  • "The Task Force strongly believes that there is no justification for requiring tenants in multi-residential buildings to pay more in property taxes than their residential neighbours, and recommends to Ottawa City Council that this inequity be eliminated."
Information About Applications for a Rent Increase Above the Guideline

At the Landlord Tenant Board says:

Rent increase above the guideline applications

Generally, a landlord can only increase the rent by the rent increase guideline. However, under certain circumstances a landlord can apply to the Landlord and Tenant Board, (the Board) for a rent increase that is above the guideline amount.

When can a landlord apply for a rent increase above the guideline?

A landlord can apply for a rent increase above the guideline for any of the following reasons:

  • The landlord’s costs for municipal taxes and/or utilities (heat, water and electricity combined) have increased by an “extraordinary” amount.

When is an increase in costs for taxes or utilities extraordinary?

An increase in costs for taxes or utilities is considered “extraordinary” if it is greater than the guideline plus 50% of the guideline. The guideline used to determine if the increase is extraordinary is the rent increase guideline for the calendar year in which the first rent increase requested in the application will take effect.

[For 2010 the Guideline is 1.8%. The planned tax increase is 4%.]

Automatic Rent Reductions and Tax Decreases

For information about property tax decreases and the automatic rent reduction, see the Landlord Tenant Board Website at