The Yukon government’s new landlord and tenant bill would allow for just one rent increase per year, although that increase will not be capped or controlled.
The new bill, tabled this week in the Yukon legislature, is based on recommendations from a public review of the Landlord and Tenant Act.
The bill also includes provisions for establishing a Residential Tenancies office to provide information and settle disputes. It also contains a variety of new rules for eviction and notice of termination.
Mike Tribes, a landlord in Whitehorse who rents out 14 units, said the proposed legislation clarifies the rules and regulations for both landlords and tenants.
"Some of the things that we did ask for were things like the minimum rental standards, clarification on damage deposit versus last month’s rent versus security deposit and those are in there," he said.
"There is more clarification on the dispute resolution mechanism and they are going to add some people to that which is great."
Community Services Minister Elaine Taylor said the minimum rental standards will include mandatory carbon monoxide and smoke alarms in all units.
"The department will be seeking input from the public in the months to come in order to develop these important standards," she said.
Taylor said she expects the legislation will pass during the current legislative sitting and come into effect sometime next year.