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Is Ontario's new Fair Housing Plan, comprising 16 measures designed to stabilize the real estate market while protecting homeowners' investments, actually fair? Or foul? Or is it a fail, even? Well, that depends on what part of the housing market you're in.
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Each province has its own rules around raising the rent. In one province it can be raised more than once a year, in another province the landlord can ask if you agree to a rent increase, and you are free to say no.
When I first came to Alberta a quarter-century ago, vacancy rates in Calgary and Edmonton exceeded 10 per cent. In Edmonton, where I lived in 1988, landlords often gave one month free on an already cheap 12-month lease. Sometimes utilities and cable were included.