LTB Filing Fees Increase

LTB Filing Fees Increase

Postby CLS » Fri Jan 13, 2017 8:46 pm

The cost of bringing or responding to actions before the Landlord and Tenant Board is going up, effective January 16, 2017. Of special importance to tenants is that the formerly no-fee T-2, Application About Tenants Rights, now carries a $50 filing fee. As explained on the Social Justice Tribunals Ontario website (http://www.sjto.gov.on.ca/ltb-november-30-2016-application-fees-will-increase-january-16-2017/):

"Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) application fees are increasing on January 16, 2017.

Most application fees are increasing by approximately 10%. Also, a fee is being introduced for two tenant applications which were previously free, bringing all tenant applications to $50.

Tenant application fees have not increased since the LTB was established in 1998. Landlord application fees were last increased in 2009.

This chart (http://www.sjto.gov.on.ca/ltb/application-fees-before-and-after-january-16-2017/) compares the new fees with the old ones.

Offsetting the Fee Changes for People with a Low Income

People with a low income can request a fee waiver. As of January 16, the income threshold for fee waivers will increase by 10% to offset the increase in fees.

This chart (http://www.sjto.gov.on.ca/ltb/fee-waiver-threshold-before-and-after-january-16-2017/) compares the new fee waiver thresholds with the old ones.

E-File Discount

Applications filed through LTB e-File will receive a discount on the new fee. The four most common application types can be e-filed, which together account for 80% of all applications received at the LTB."

We hope that this will not have a chilling effect on tenants' rights, or deter tenants from enforcing their rights.
Kathryn M. Bullon, B.Sc., J.D., M.Ad.Ed.
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