The province has introduced new measures to discourage landlords from unlawfully evicting tenants.

The new rules, effective September 1, address the situation in which landlords end a tenancy so that they or a family member can occupy a unit. In this instance, the new rules require landlords to provide tenants with one month’s rent as compensation, or another suitable unit.

Under the new rules, landlords must also provide at least one year’s notice if they plan to occupy the unit. If a landlord advertises, re-rents, converts or demolishes a unit within one year of ending a tenancy, they could face a fine of up to $25,000.

The Ontario government has enacted the new rules in hopes of battling the province’s affordable housing crisis by dissuading landlords from evicting tenants unlawfully, converting units to short-term rentals or immediately re-renting units at higher rates.