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Suite Meters in Rental Residential Units

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A suite meter allows tenants to pay their own electricity bill based on their actual consumption, and help manage their energy consumption

The new Energy Consumer Protection Act, 2010 (ECPA) allows for installation of suite meters in residential rental units. Amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 (RTA) under the ECPA provide tenant protections and set out the responsibilities of both landlords and tenants with regard to suite meters.

Ontario is ensuring that tenants are part of the decision process and informed about the rules when suite meters are installed in rental units. If a landlord chooses to install a suite meter, tenants will have the choice of paying for their electricity consumption separately from rent. If electricity is currently included in a tenant’s rent, landlords must lower the rent if a tenant chooses to pay for their own electricity using a suite meter.

Before an existing tenant makes any decision regarding how they are charged for electricity, landlords will have to seek their informed consent, while also providing prospective tenants with information before rental agreements are signed.

Detailed rules for the implementation of suite meters have been set out in the Suite Metering Regulations under the RTA.

The legislative amendments and the Suite Metering Regulations came into effect on January 1, 2011.

The Tenants’ Guide to Suite Meters, which includes information about tenants’ rights under the suite metering regulations, can be downloaded in the following languages:

In case of a dispute, tenants can contact the Landlord and Tenant Board at 416-645-8080, or 1-888-332-3234.

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