While motive is rarely questioned in favour of good faith, the Act requires a Landlord to meet their lawful duties first.

Consider the scenario where a Landlord provides a Tenant with an option:  Accept an illegal rent increase, or I’m going to move into the unit. The tenant, in asserting their legal rights, firmly says no, and is met almost immediately with a notice that they are being evicted in sixty days because the Landlord wants to move in.
As discussed in Do I Have to Move Out If the Landlord Wants My Apartment?, the Landlord Tenant Board is instructed to disregard the motive of the Landlord for moving in as well of the reasonableness of the Landlord's intention.  In most cases, the law weighs the Landlord's inherit right to their property as predominate, and asks few questions of their reasons for occupation. Provided the Landlord can show, on a balance of probabilities that they in good faith require the unit for residential purposes, typically their request for eviction will be granted.
In 2018, the Divisional Court case of Loc Le v. O’Grady, Loc Le, it was clear that the Landlord and his spouse were contemplating relocating, as they had sold their house in February of 2017, and were moved into a house that was occupied by their children and other relatives.
In May of the same year, the Landlord had approached the O’Grady tenants  and demanded a rental increase far above a lawful amount. 
When the tenants asserted their rights, and refused, the Landlord opted to provide the tenants with a notice that they would be evicting the tenants as they required the unit for personal use. 
There was no evidence of bad faith.  The Landlord had decided that unless the tenants would pay the higher rent, it made economic sense for the Landlords simply to live in the rental property and fully intended to do so.
However, while the Landlord’s motive is not called into question, nor whether their purpose of possession is reasonable, there are some circumstances where a Landlord's good faith is never brought into the picture, because for any eviction, whether for personal use, or rental arrears, there are some scenarios where the Landlord tenant Board must refuse an eviction.
In other words, while a Landlord's motive is not considered in general, the conduct of the Landlord prior to the eviction will see their eviction denied if, as in this example, even though good faith was not in question, the reason for the application being brought is that the tenant has attempted to secure or enforce his or her legal rights;
The Divisional Court upheld the Board’s dismissal of the Landlord’s Application to terminate the tenancy
“Even if we were persuaded that this ground of appeal is properly before us, we are not convinced there was any error.  The inferences to be drawn from the evidence are practically irrefutable.  If the Tenants had agreed to the Landlord’s unlawful demands they would have been allowed to continue to occupy the premises.  Because they did not, the Landlord determined he would evict the tenants and move into the property himself.  The precipitating event was not the Landlord’s desire to occupy the premises himself.  It was the Tenants’ refusal to accede to his unlawful demand.”
While a Landlord may feel they are meeting their lawful requirements dealing with a residential tenancy, the laws in Ontario seek to balance the rights of tenants and Landlords, and can be quite complex.
 
 
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