There was a major renovation in my apartment complex, I did accept my rent increase, but I am wondering if I should have. My reasoning was that the rent increase in the previous years were reasonable and around 2-3% every year, but there was a major renovation that cost $7,000,000 in my apartment and there are 303 units, so it's a cost of $23,102 per unit and roughly a $75 monthly rent increase. Is this reasonable and in line with rent increases in Canada? It's more than twice the recommended rent increase, but it seems to roughly make sense given that they spent more than $5,000 in renovation. There's free heating, but I don't know if they use electricity or oil.

  • There are too many factors that go into deciding how much rent to charge for this to be answered. Local housing market, down to the neighborhood if not down to the block. What's being charged for other units. Details and condition of this unit. Fairness doesn't enter into this, except to the degree that law may constrain the rate at which rents may be increased (again, a very local factor); if it's legal, either you can afford it and want to stay, or you can't afford it and/or don't.
    – keshlam
    Mar 1, 2023 at 3:49
  • How are you getting $75 from $23,102? My rule of thumb is at 6% interest, a simple-interest mortgage costs $600/month per $100,000 capitalized. If your share was $23,102, that makes $140/month. Is anyone still writing 6% notes? It's not linear. Mar 1, 2023 at 4:06

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You should be getting the normal rent increase, plus whatever one-time increase is there to finance the improvements. They should have given you a letter that breaks it all down. My guess is you threw it out because you didn't care how the sausage is made, until now.

If you want to challenge it, start by asking for that letter.

But you need to be realistic, starting with fixing your serious misunderstandings about the cost of capital. Mortgages are pretty well-understood, it's covered in Calculus I in your college-prep math, and you can brute-force it with basic math and a spreadsheet program. Here's a mortgage amortization calculator, you can punch in $23,102 and your prevailing commercial interest rate and see what the actual cost of the money is. That reflects how much it should go up. Just taking a blind guess at some numbers, I get

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Which is more realistic IMO.

I don't know where you're getting $23k of capital for $75/month, but I think that relies on some sort of bogus "teaser rate" that turns into a pumpkin after 1-3 years.

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