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ROOMING HOUSES COULD BE LEGALIZED TORONTO-WIDE AS EARLY AS NOVEMBER 2022, CITY REPORT SAYS

Posted in Affordable Housing, Housing, Industry Trends, Legal, Newsworthy

ROOMING HOUSES COULD BE LEGALIZED TORONTO-WIDE AS EARLY AS NOVEMBER 2022, CITY REPORT SAYS

After more than a decade of debate, Toronto could legalize and regulate rooming houses city-wide — with a cap of six rooms in most areas — by as early as fall of 2022, a new report says. Right now, rooming houses, which are also known as multi-tenant or dwelling houses, can only legally operate in the former cities of Toronto, Etobicoke and York. In York, they don’t require a licence. And despite bans in other areas like Scarborough, many homes operate illegally. In the report, staff point to...

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HAVE A LEGAL QUESTION?

Posted in Industry Trends, Legal, Media Releases, Newsworthy

HAVE A LEGAL QUESTION?

During these difficult and trying times, RHBTV and Kristin Ley, Partner Cohen Highley want to help with legal questions from anyone in our industry. Watch the video announcement below and don’t forget to send in your questions

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OPTIONS REMAIN FOR LANDLORDS TO OBTAIN RELIEF AT THE LTB

Posted in Bylaws / Regulations, Legal, Legislation, Newsworthy, Tenancy Law

OPTIONS REMAIN FOR LANDLORDS TO OBTAIN RELIEF AT THE LTB

On January 13, 2021 the Province of Ontario passed a regulation which, as was the case in March 2020, suspended the enforcement of evictions orders issued by the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) and Superior Courts. For landlords though, there are some important differences between the Judicially imposed eviction moratorium in 2020 and the current suspension of enforcement of evictions imposed by provincial regulation here in 2021. First, the provincial regulation (O. Reg. 13/21) creates an...

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HAVE A LEGAL QUESTION?

Posted in Industry Trends, Legal, Media Releases, Newsworthy

HAVE A LEGAL QUESTION?

During these difficult and trying times, RHBTV and Kristin Ley, Partner Cohen Highley want to help with legal questions from anyone in our industry. Watch the video announcement below and don’t forget to send in your questions

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PANDEMIC CREATING A ‘NIGHTMARE’ FOR LOCAL LANDLORDS AND TENANTS

Posted in Coronavirus, Housing, Industry Trends, Legal, Newsworthy, Rental Rates, Tenancy Law, Vacancy Rates

PANDEMIC CREATING A ‘NIGHTMARE’ FOR LOCAL LANDLORDS AND TENANTS

Pandemic-related delays in landlord-tenant hearings are complicating an already stressed housing market, say those who have been waiting months for hearing dates. Ontario’s introduction of another shutdown over concerns related to the spread of COVID-19 is pushing those fears into overdrive. While many tenants have been waiting to get hearing dates before the Landlord and Tenant Board to resolve their housing issues, landlords have also started speaking out about not being able to pay their...

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SUDBURY, ONT. LANDLORD SAYS HE’LL NEVER RENT AGAIN AFTER UNIT DESTROYED

Posted in Legal, Newsworthy, Tenancy Law

SUDBURY, ONT. LANDLORD SAYS HE’LL NEVER RENT AGAIN AFTER UNIT DESTROYED

One chapter is now closing in a Sudbury senior’s nightmare after renting out his property for the last four-plus years while another one has just begun. Merle Smith knew there was going to be damaged to his home when the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) had finally granted him entry but he never imagined it could have been this bad. “This has been a total nightmare that I wouldn’t wish on anybody,” said Smith, surveying the damage within the first 24 hours. “When I...

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ADVOCATES TURN TO COURTS TO STOP EVICTIONS AMID GROWING DISTRUST OF ONTARIO TENANCY TRIBUNAL

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

ADVOCATES TURN TO COURTS TO STOP EVICTIONS AMID GROWING DISTRUST OF ONTARIO TENANCY TRIBUNAL

By the time Stephanie Cox turned to a Hamilton divisional court earlier this month to protect her client from imminent eviction, she says she’d tried and failed 28 times to deliver a legal document to Ontario’s Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB). With barely more than a week to appeal the decision and little hope of reaching the board in time, the legal clinic lawyer bypassed the tenancy tribunal’s review process and went to court. Within 36 hours, she’d won a stay,...

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DEVELOPER AVOIDS LIABILITY AFTER CANCELLING CONDO

Posted in Development, Industry Trends, Legal, Newsworthy

DEVELOPER AVOIDS LIABILITY AFTER CANCELLING CONDO

The recent Ontario court decision in Ritchie v Castlepoint Greybrook Sterling Inc. is very good news for Ontario condo developers who must cancel their projects prior to construction. In granting judgment, Justice Perell dismissed a proposed class action brought on behalf of purchasers of 179 units in a condominium project. The project had been terminated by its developer and the purchasers’ deposits were refunded with interest prior to construction. The purchasers of the pre-construction...

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

Posted in Legal, Newsworthy, Tenancy Law

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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