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31 Jan 2011

Suite Meters On January 1, 2011, the new suite meter provisions under the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 became law.  The “Suite Meters and Apportionment of Utility Costs” regulation (O. Reg. 3

Suite Meters

On January 1, 2011, the new suite meter provisions under the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 became law.  The “Suite Meters and Apportionment of Utility Costs” regulation (O. Reg. 394/10)  also became effective on this same date.

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The Landlord & Tenant Board website has been updated as of January 1, 2011 to include the forms and applications related to these new suite meter provisions.

Suite Meter Rules effective January 1, 2011
Changes to Board’s Rules and Guidelines effective January 4, 2011

Suite Meters:

On January 1, 2011, the new suite meter provisions under the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 (the RTA)  became law.  The “Suite Meters and Apportionment of Utility Costs” regulation (O. Reg. 394/10)  also became effective on this same date.

To help explain some of the key provisions, the Board has a new brochure called “Information for Landlords and Tenants about Suite Meters”.

Note:  This form can be download from the Landlord & Tenant Board Website.

The Board has also developed the following forms for landlords to use related to suite meters:

• “Tenant Agreement to Pay Directly for Electricity Costs”

• “Landlord’s Notice to Terminate Obligation to Supply Electricity”

• “Information to Prospective Tenant About Suite Meters or Meters”

Note:  forms can be downloaded directly from the Landlord & Tenant Board Website.

As well, a new application form has been developed for tenants to use to apply to the Board for an order determining that the landlord has not complied with their obligations under the RTA related to suite meters or related to apportioning utility costs.

(Source:  Landlord & Tenant Board:  ltb.gov.on.ca)

PLANiT Measuring has the expertise to measure square footage for use in determining proportionate share of utility costs in apartment buildings based on the Residential Tenancy Act which came into effect January 1, 2011. Calculation of the tenant’s portion of utility cost – s. 138 (1) of the Act 13.

PLANiT has been measuring buildings, certifying areas and developing related technologies for all property types across North America since 1993 and are regarded as experts in all measuring industry standards and regularly publish articles and deliver presentations at industry forums on a variety of related topics and emerging trends.

RentSeeker.ca’s partnership with PLANiT allows Landlords to leverage measuring work and upgrade to 3D floor plans at the same time,  saving costs and enhancing the marketability of apartment rentals in print and online.

The RentSeeker.ca Team