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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

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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

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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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LANDLORD FRUSTRATED WITH SLOW PACE OF LTB DURING COVID

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LANDLORD FRUSTRATED WITH SLOW PACE OF LTB DURING COVID

A Hamilton landlord who has 20 homes in his portfolio says about 25% of his tenants have “taken advantage” of the COVID situation in the past year by collecting the Canadian Emergency Response benefit (CERB) and not using it to pay rent. David, who preferred that his last name not be used, said those who fail to pay know they can’t be evicted for non-payment of rent both because of edicts from the province and the painfully slow pace of hearings before the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB). The...

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FORD GOVERNMENT VOTES AGAINST YEAR-LONG BAN ON RESIDENTIAL EVICTIONS

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

FORD GOVERNMENT VOTES AGAINST YEAR-LONG BAN ON RESIDENTIAL EVICTIONS

The Ford government has voted against an NDP bill that would have extended the temporary ban on evictions until one year after the pandemic is declared over by the chief medical officer of health. The province moved to temporarily ban evictions while the stay-at-home order came into effect on Jan. 14. As some regions moved out of the emergency order on Tuesday, and Toronto, Peel  and York Regions are expected to move out on Feb. 22, critics argue that thousands of people could potentially be...

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