Additional compensation for bad faith evictions
When a landlord is acting in good faith, it means they honestly intend to renovate or repair the rental unit so extensively that it must be vacant. The landlord would not be acting in good faith if they are trying to evict the tenant so they can rent it to another tenant for more money without doing extensive renovations or repairs. Many types of renovations and repairs do not require vacant tenancy.
Previously, the onus was on the tenant to prove the landlord acted in bad faith (e.g. did not move in a caretaker to the newly designated caretaker suite) and now the onus is on the landlord to prove they acted in good faith. If the landlord fails to prove they acted in good faith, the tenant is awarded 12 months’ rent.