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LANDLORDS SHOULD PLAN TODAY FOR SEPTEMBER 1 RTA CHANGES

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

LANDLORDS SHOULD PLAN TODAY FOR SEPTEMBER 1 RTA CHANGES

RTA changes are coming September 1, 2021 but some of those changes will affect decisions that landlords are making today. For example, one new change is that landlords will be able to apply at the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) for a judgment for arrears of rent owed by a “former tenant” up to one year after the tenant vacates the rental unit. Today, an application of this type can only be made by way of Small Claims Court since the tenant is out of possession but landlords who wait until...

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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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FIRST RENTAL RULE ‘ENFORCER’ SELDOM NEEDS HIS NIGHTSTICK

Posted in Bylaws / Regulations, Coronavirus, Industry Trends, Landlord and Tenant Board, Newsworthy, Rental Rates

FIRST RENTAL RULE ‘ENFORCER’ SELDOM NEEDS HIS NIGHTSTICK

When former Victoria police superintendent Scott McGregor was hired in May 2019 to lead the first compliance and enforcement unit for B.C.’s often contentious Residential Tenancy Branch (RTB), he was referred to as the “enforcer” by Housing Minister Selina Robinson. But, after two years on the job, McGregor says he was surprised at the level of co-operation among landlords and tenants, even when Canada’s toughest rental regulations were ushered in with COVID-19 in 2020. McGregor’s years of...

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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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TENANTS AND LANDLORDS FEEL RENTAL LAWS NEED TO CHANGE TO RESPECT BOTH PARTIES’ RIGHTS

Posted in Bylaws / Regulations, Evictions, Housing, Industry Trends, Landlord and Tenant Board, Newsworthy

TENANTS AND LANDLORDS FEEL RENTAL LAWS NEED TO CHANGE TO RESPECT BOTH PARTIES’ RIGHTS

As moving season approaches, concerns continue about an increase in so-called renovictions when landlords evict tenants to renovate then raise the rent. Tenants rights groups say the practice must be stopped. Thomas Reimann is one of those contesting a renoviction. “I’ve been living there for almost 40 years, (and) now they say they want to make the apartment bigger or smaller – I don’t know – but my lawyer tells me that they don’t have permission to do...

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AS MANY STRUGGLE TO MAKE RENT UNDER COVID-19, ONE LANDLORD IS OFFERING ITS TENANTS RENT RELIEF

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

AS MANY STRUGGLE TO MAKE RENT UNDER COVID-19, ONE LANDLORD IS OFFERING ITS TENANTS RENT RELIEF

Last fall, like many tenants across Ontario, Kayla Lemieux was struggling to make rent. Money had been tight for a few years — since her daughter was diagnosed with cancer and she’d gone on social assistance. She’d hoped to return to work as a personal support worker shortly before COVID-19 hit, but the threat of bringing the virus home brought those plans to a halt. By fall, Lemieux’s finances jeopardized her roughly $940 rent payments. “Things were just going wrong for me, and I’d been...

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NO RECOURSE WHEN TENANTS USE COVID AS EXCUSE NOT TO PAY RENT

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

NO RECOURSE WHEN TENANTS USE COVID AS EXCUSE NOT TO PAY RENT

Ryan Sills rented out his one-bedroom Etobicoke condo for the first time in December of 2019. He said his tenant was “OK” for the first couple of months — until COVID hit. When the tenant said he didn’t want to pay his $2,050-a-month rent, Sills told him he was happy to defer it until he could pay. The offer was refused. To date, Sills is owed more than $20,000 — despite his belief that his tenant has been collecting CERB. “I kind of got into renting at the worst possible time,” he said this...

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