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GTA LANDLORDS STRUGGLE TO EVICT MAN FROM 11 LUXURY HOMES HE’S RENTED OUT AS ROOMING HOUSES

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GTA LANDLORDS STRUGGLE TO EVICT MAN FROM 11 LUXURY HOMES HE’S RENTED OUT AS ROOMING HOUSES

Nearly a dozen landlords in the Greater Toronto Area are struggling, or have struggled, to evict the same tenant from their single-family homes after he turned each of their properties into an illegal rooming house for up to 20 people — and stopped paying rent. The tenant, Arif Adnan Syed, is facing 11 fraud-related charges for allegedly using fake identification documents in his applications to rent houses in Richmond Hill and Markham. None of the allegations have been proven in court. Those...

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ONTARIO STRENGTHENS PROTECTIONS FOR TENANTS

Posted in Coronavirus, Industry Trends, Legal, Legislation, Media Releases, Newsworthy, Tenancy Law

ONTARIO STRENGTHENS PROTECTIONS FOR TENANTS

The Ontario government is providing stability to Ontario’s rental market by increasing fines for unlawful evictions and reinforcing the necessity for landlords to explore repayment agreements before considering evictions. These measures are included in the Protecting Tenants and Strengthening Community Housing Act which received Royal Assent. “We know tenants and landlords have struggled during COVID-19, and some households may be facing eviction due to unpaid rent during this...

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LANDLORD AND TENANT BOARD EXPANDING SERVICES WHILE KEEPING ONTARIANS SAFE DURING COVID-19 RECOVERY

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LANDLORD AND TENANT BOARD EXPANDING SERVICES WHILE KEEPING ONTARIANS SAFE DURING COVID-19 RECOVERY

The Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) announced it is gradually expanding services in August. However, all in-person service counters remain closed until further notice. Effective August 1, 2020, the LTB will: Begin to issue eviction orders that are pending; Start to issue consent eviction orders which are based on landlord and tenants settling their dispute through an agreement; Continue to hear urgent eviction matters related to health and safety that are scheduled; Start to schedule hearings...

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SMALL ONTARIO LANDLORDS ARE NOT PROVIDING A SOCIAL SERVICE

Posted in Bylaws / Regulations, Coronavirus, Housing, Industry Trends, Legal, Legislation, Newsworthy, Tenancy Law

SMALL ONTARIO LANDLORDS ARE NOT PROVIDING A SOCIAL SERVICE

People become landlords for a variety of reasons, believing it’s a good investment. Most small-ownership landlords are working people who own one or two houses or condos, maybe a basement apartment in their own home; some increase their investments to 10 or more units. Regardless of the reasons, it’s an investment for the landlord and an essential service providing housing for tenants. What it is not is an agreement to be a social service. In normal times or during a pandemic, landlords do not...

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WHY ARE TENANT ADVOCATES SO AFRAID OF ONTARIO’S BILL 184?

Posted in Bylaws / Regulations, Coronavirus, Housing, Industry Trends, Legal, Legislation, Newsworthy, Tenancy Law

WHY ARE TENANT ADVOCATES SO AFRAID OF ONTARIO’S BILL 184?

Ontario’s Bill 184, also known as the Protecting Tenants and Strengthening Community Housing Act, moved to third reading in parliament on Monday, June 6, which is the last step before it becomes law. This did not happen quietly, with demonstrations in front of the legislature and even Mayor John Tory’s condo. But why the alarm, especially when there are new rules in the bill increasing fines to landlords for bad behaviour? Evictions The bill is bad for tenants, advocates...

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CAN UNIVERSITY AND COLLEGE STUDENTS BREAK THEIR LEASE AS CLASSES MOVE ONLINE?

Posted in Coronavirus, Housing, Industry Trends, Legal, Newsworthy, Student Housing, Tenancy Law

CAN UNIVERSITY AND COLLEGE STUDENTS BREAK THEIR LEASE AS CLASSES MOVE ONLINE?

As several colleges and universities in Ontario plan to move a large part of their fall semesters online, students who rent an apartment or house close to campus may be reconsidering the value of their investment. York University, Ryerson University, the University of Toronto and Western University (just to name a few) have all announced their plans to hold many classes electronically in an effort to promote physical distancing and prevent the spread of COVID-19. And with that, some students,...

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B.C. LANDLORDS, TENANTS CONFLICTED OVER EVICTION BAN, RENT INCREASES

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B.C. LANDLORDS, TENANTS CONFLICTED OVER EVICTION BAN, RENT INCREASES

Landlords and tenants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic are at loggerheads over evictions and unpaid rents as pandemic bans on evictions and rental increases continue. On March 25, Victoria had ordered a ban on virtually all rental evictions – including those in progress – froze rental increases and issued $500 payments directly to landlords to help tenants battling job and income losses for the pandemic’s duration. Now, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Selina Robinson is caught...

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NO EVICTION ORDER CREATING DIFFICULT SITUATIONS FOR SOME NORTHERN LANDLORDS

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NO EVICTION ORDER CREATING DIFFICULT SITUATIONS FOR SOME NORTHERN LANDLORDS

Provincial restrictions due to COVID-19 are slowly starting to loosen and more Ontarians are returning to work as the list of businesses that are allowed to re-open continues to grow. The business of property rental was never ordered to close, but landlords have been feeling the adverse effects of the pandemic as some have been dealing with problem tenants who have been taking advantage of the province’s no evictions order. Jeff Dupre has found himself between a rock and a hard place...

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HOW THE PANDEMIC IS PREVENTING SOME LANDLORDS FROM EVICTING TENANTS WHO ENDANGER THEIR SAFETY

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HOW THE PANDEMIC IS PREVENTING SOME LANDLORDS FROM EVICTING TENANTS WHO ENDANGER THEIR SAFETY

When the Landlord and Tenant board ordered the eviction of a tenant living in the basement of the Diaz family home in Scarborough, Sherr Marie Diaz thought her fear and anxiety were finally over. “I can’t do this anymore. Like, every day I fear for my mom,” said Diaz, whose mother Josephine, 74, is the landlord. Diaz and her mother are both fearful of the tenant, who they say has refused to stop smoking, even after being told it endangers the health of the Diaz family. They...

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LANDLORDS, RENTERS HAVE THEIR PLANS FROZEN BY PANDEMIC

Posted in Coronavirus, Industry Trends, Legal, Newsworthy, Real Estate Law, Tenancy Law

LANDLORDS, RENTERS HAVE THEIR PLANS FROZEN BY PANDEMIC

As restrictions on evictions during the novel coronavirus pandemic extend into their third month, some Ontario home buyers and sellers are discovering renters have incredible leverage over the fate of transactions, and some are willing to wield it. When Tiina Walker attempted to close a deal to sell a triplex she bought in 2014, two of the three tenants left when she notified them of her intent to evict. But the third and final tenant has asked to be compensated $60,000 before he leaves. “It’s...

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