Is your rental unit up to standard?

Easily generate a personalized report highlighting issues in your residence, cross referenced with your city's bylaws. Home Standards Project's assessment tool guides you room by room, asking a series of questions to help easily identify property standards violations.

Let’s make your living conditions more enjoyable, safe, and energy-efficient.

Complete your assessment in less than 15 minutes

Cross-referenced with your city's property standards bylaws

You can send the report directly to your landlord or reference it when submitting maintenance requests

Why this tool?


According to the International Energy Agency, buildings account for 28% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

Health Impacts

Property Standards violations are often linked with negative health effects, particularly in the lungs and heart.

The Home Standards Project is here to help!

Our mission is to help renters secure their right to safe housing. Through our tool, hundreds have been able to identify violations and get repairs done. You don't have to accept substandard conditions, Home Standards is in your corner.

Committing to change

Greenhouse gases such as CO2, which are created from home heating systems, are contributing to the current climate crisis. You can help minimize your climate impact by evaluating your house to eliminate substandard conditions.

How we help

Check out this rental property’s kitchen. At first glance, it may appear to be in good condition, but multiple bylaw violations can be found upon closer inspection.

1Plumbing 5.57

All plumbing, including every drain, water pipe, water closet and other plumbing fixtures in a dwelling and every connecting line to the sewerage system shall be maintained in good working order and free from leaks or defects, and all water pipes and appurtenances thereto shall be protected from freezing.

The faucet drips.

2Doors and Windows 5.11

Where storm windows and doors are installed in a dwelling they shall be maintained in good repair.

There is a noticeable draft from the edges of the windows.

3Kitchen 5.49.3

Work surfaces at least 1.2 metres (4 feet) in length x 60 centimeters (2 feet) in width, exclusive of the sink, that are impervious to moisture and grease and easily cleanable so as not to impart any toxic or deleterious effect to food.

The countertop behind the sink is damaged, which allows water to seep in.

4Appliance 4.8

All appliances, equipment, accessories and installations provided by the owner shall be installed and maintained in good repair and working order and used for their intended purposes.

The oven doesn't heat up.

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Average Rent

Average cost of rent per month for one bedroom units: Vancouver $2590, Toronto $2474, Boston $3313, Calgary $1629.

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Allowable Rent Increase

In Ontario, the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing sets the limit every year for how much landlords can legally raise your rent that year. In 2023, the limit was 2.5% and in 2024, the limit is 2.5%. Check out our Resources page for more information on your location!

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