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SUPREME COURT OF CANADA DISMISSES CHALLENGE OF NEW WESTMINISTER’S RENOVICTIONS BYLAW

Posted in Affordable Housing, Bylaws / Regulations, Evictions, Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Renovations

SUPREME COURT OF CANADA DISMISSES CHALLENGE OF NEW WESTMINISTER’S RENOVICTIONS BYLAW

The Supreme Court of Canada has backed the city’s efforts to deter renovictions. According to a press release from the City of New Westminster, the Supreme Court of Canada informed the city on Dec. 9 that it had dismissed an application for leave to appeal the city’s rental units bylaw amendment. That decision followed a previous ruling by the BC Court of Appeal, which upheld the city’s right to adopt the bylaw amendment to deter the practice of renovictions and to help preserve affordable...

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P.E.I. DECLARES MORATORIUM ON ‘RENOVICTIONS’ FOR 2 YEARS

Posted in Bylaws / Regulations, Evictions, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Renovations

P.E.I. DECLARES MORATORIUM ON ‘RENOVICTIONS’ FOR 2 YEARS

Prince Edward Island has enacted a two-year moratorium on what have become known as “renovictions” — evictions of tenants by their landlords in order to renovate their units. Politicians from all parties have acknowledged that the practice, allowed under the province’s Rental of Residential Property Act, is sometimes used by landlords to skirt around provincial rent controls. “What it means is that, immediately, there is a halt on people coming home and finding eviction...

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TENANTS LIVE RENT-FREE IN LANDLORD’S HEAD – AND HOUSE

Posted in Evictions, Industry Trends, Landlord and Tenant Board, Tenancy Law

TENANTS LIVE RENT-FREE IN LANDLORD’S HEAD – AND HOUSE

A local landlord says she is not looking to shame anyone by speaking out and is sharing her story to shine a light on how broken the tenant-landlord dispute resolution system has become — a bureaucratic boondoggle only worsened by the backlog created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Samantha Currie, who owns multiple rental properties in North Bay has taken legal action to recoup her considerable financial losses — estimated to have reached $30,000 — for unpaid rent and utilities dating back to July...

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PROJET MONTREAL PROPOSES LANDLORD CERTIFICATION TO PROTECT TENANTS FROM RENT HIKES, RENOVICTIONS

Posted in Evictions, Industry Trends, Legislation, Newsworthy, Tenancy Law

PROJET MONTREAL PROPOSES LANDLORD CERTIFICATION TO PROTECT TENANTS FROM RENT HIKES, RENOVICTIONS

Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante and her party Projet Montréal is proposing the creation of a responsible landlord certificate “to protect the affordability and quality of Montreal’s rental housing network.” This comes after what some have called “abusive” increases in rental prices, as well as the growing phenomenon of renovictions, where tenants see themselves evicted under the guise of significant home renovations. “The certification will be required of...

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TENANT GROUP, NEW OWNERS SQUARE OFF OVER VANIER ‘RENO-VICTIONS’

Posted in Affordable Housing, Evictions, Housing, Landlord and Tenant Board, Newsworthy, Renovations, Tenancy Law

TENANT GROUP, NEW OWNERS SQUARE OFF OVER VANIER ‘RENO-VICTIONS’

A group of holdout tenants from two Vanier apartment blocks say they’re being unfairly “reno-victed” from their homes by the buildings’ new owners. The owners, however, say they’ve done their best to accommodate tenants and that the buildings were infested with rodents and bed bugs and had been flagged by the Ontario Fire Marshal for “numerous fire safety issues.” Several of the residents have lived in the two six-unit buildings at 249 and 253 Pères-Blancs Avenue for more than 30 years.Mark...

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LANDLORDS WAIT ON TENS OF THOUSANDS IN UNPAID RENT DUE TO ‘EXHAUSTING’ ONTARIO BOARD DELAYS

Posted in Evictions, Housing, Industry Trends, Landlord and Tenant Board, Newsworthy, Tenancy Law

LANDLORDS WAIT ON TENS OF THOUSANDS IN UNPAID RENT DUE TO ‘EXHAUSTING’ ONTARIO BOARD DELAYS

Ankit Patel says he inadvertently became a landlord when he bought his dream home. Now, tenant problems and a major backlog at Ontario’s Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) have put him in so much debt, he has to sell his mother’s home and has even considered selling the dream home. The 38-year-old is among other landlords who came forward to share their stories about how LTB delays are creating stressful situations and financial hardships. “This was our life savings,” says...

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EVICTION BAN MAY END SOON, SO WHERE WILL ALL THOSE PEOPLE GO?

Posted in Affordable Housing, Bylaws / Regulations, Coronavirus, Evictions, Housing, Industry Trends, Landlord and Tenant Board, Newsworthy, Tenancy Law

EVICTION BAN MAY END SOON, SO WHERE WILL ALL THOSE PEOPLE GO?

Ontario’s ban on evictions may soon be coming to an end once the province reopens the economy, but a Guelph lawyer who represents some tenants is wondering where all of those people will go. The provincial government put a halt to residential eviction enforcement early during the pandemic, but Jeff Schlemmer, staff lawyer with the Legal Clinic of Guelph and Wellington County, told GuelphToday the tribunals that order those evictions have gone ahead. Some tenants may have come to the tribunal...

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PLANS TO RESOLVE LANDLORD AND TENANT DISPUTES ONLINE PERMANENTLY SPARKS DEBATE

Posted in Evictions, Industry Trends, Landlord and Tenant Board, Newsworthy

PLANS TO RESOLVE LANDLORD AND TENANT DISPUTES ONLINE PERMANENTLY SPARKS DEBATE

Like many services that were in-person before COVID-19, the resolution of landlord and tenant disputes went virtual during the pandemic to protect public health. But a plan by the province to switch to a permanent online-first system has sparked concern from some who say it’s unfair and will make it easier to evict residents. In March, Tribunals Ontario applauded the province’s Justice Accelerated Strategy on its website, saying it would make the process of resolving disputes “more efficient.”...

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HERE ARE THE DETAILS OF THE RESIDENTIAL EVICTION BAN UNDER ONTARIO’S STAY-AT-HOME ORDER

Posted in Coronavirus, Evictions, Housing, Industry Trends, Landlord and Tenant Board, Newsworthy, Tenancy Law

HERE ARE THE DETAILS OF THE RESIDENTIAL EVICTION BAN UNDER ONTARIO’S STAY-AT-HOME ORDER

Ontario is once again in a state of emergency and under a stay-at-home order amid surging rates of COVID-19, and that means a residential eviction ban is now also in effect. Premier Doug Ford announced the new public health measures Wednesday and said this would also result in the eviction ban being reinstated, though he didn’t initially provide details on what exactly the moratorium would entail. The first time the province introduced a stay-at-home order, back in January, an eviction...

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LANDLORDS DISLIKE RENT FREEZE EXTENSION, BUT SUPPORT ‘RENOVICTION’ PROTECTIONS

Posted in Affordable Housing, Bylaws / Regulations, Coronavirus, Evictions, Housing, Industry Trends, Legislation, Newsworthy, Rent Control, Rental Rates

LANDLORDS DISLIKE RENT FREEZE EXTENSION, BUT SUPPORT ‘RENOVICTION’ PROTECTIONS

A new tenancy act passed in the legislature this month – extending a residential rent freeze until 2022 and increasing protections against “renovictions” – earned pushback and support, respectively, from several Northern landlords. Under the new legislation, the rent freeze begun in March 2020 will extend until the end of 2021, with increases capped at the rate of inflation from Jan. 1, 2022 on. “Ensuring people have safe, secure and affordable housing is especially important during these...

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