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FEE INCREASES ON JULY 1, 2020

Posted in Bylaws / Regulations, Development, Industry Trends, Legislation, Newsworthy, Tenancy Law

FEE INCREASES ON JULY 1, 2020

Effective July 1, 2020, application fees for the Assessment Review Board (ARB), the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB), the Licence Appeal Tribunal (LAT) and appeal fees for the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) will increase. The ARB, LTB and LAT fees are increasing by six per cent. These fees are still structured so that services are reasonable and accessible. Under LPAT’s new fee model, different filing fees will be charged based on tribunal time and resources required to resolve different...

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CHANGES TO HOUSING ACT A WELCOME CHANGE

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

CHANGES TO HOUSING ACT A WELCOME CHANGE

Upcoming changes to the provincial housing act may make it easier for landlords to recover back rent or costs for damages from tenants, but critics say the bill isn’t doing much to make sure small rental operations have enough cash to make it through the pandemic. Bill 184, also known as the Protecting Tenants and Strengthening Community Housing Act, would provide a number of new avenues for landlords to both evict and collect unpaid rent from current and past tenants. The changes would...

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SASK. LANDLORDS LOSE MILLIONS DUE TO PANDEMIC, ASK FOR EVICTIONS SUSPENSIONS TO BE LIFTED

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

SASK. LANDLORDS LOSE MILLIONS DUE TO PANDEMIC, ASK FOR EVICTIONS SUSPENSIONS TO BE LIFTED

It’s the start of a new month and for some that means rent’s due. For others, it could mean another missed payment that may not be recouped. In March, the government suspended residential evictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cameron Choquette, executive officer with the Saskatchewan Landlord Association, who serves over 500 landlords, said the pandemic has cost landlords over $30 million in arrears since April 1. Choquette said the landlord association is supportive of the...

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GOVERNMENT URGED TO EXTEND EVICTION BAN TO ENSURE ‘EVICTIONS DON’T HAPPEN’

Posted in Coronavirus, Housing, Industry Trends, Legislation, Newsworthy, Rent Control, Rental Rates, Tenancy Law

GOVERNMENT URGED TO EXTEND EVICTION BAN TO ENSURE ‘EVICTIONS DON’T HAPPEN’

Landlords would be justified handing out eviction notices: Investment Property Owners Association The provincial ban on evictions for COVID-19 ends next week The province’s moratorium on evictions during COVID-19 is set to expire next week. The Investment Property Owners Association of Nova Scotia says eviction notices would be justified at that time. That’s according to Kevin Russell, the Executive Director of the Association. He says over the last 3 months, landlords have worked out about...

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ONTARIO PUSHING THROUGH CHANGES TO TENANCY LAW AS CRISIS LOOMS

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

ONTARIO PUSHING THROUGH CHANGES TO TENANCY LAW AS CRISIS LOOMS

The Ford government is pushing through changes to tenancy law that will make it easier for landlords to evict tenants in Ontario even as the COVID-19 pandemic puts hundreds of thousands of renters in an increasingly precarious financial situation. Specific measures in Bill 184, perhaps ironically titled the “Protecting Tenants and Strengthening Community Housing Act,” appear likely to exacerbate a looming rental housing crisis where tenants who have lost their jobs could be thrown...

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NWT FINANCE MINISTER OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCES RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES (COVID-19) REGULATIONS

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

NWT FINANCE MINISTER OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCES RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES (COVID-19) REGULATIONS

In a facebook post on Saturday April 11th,  Kevin O’Reilly the MLA for Frame Lake and Lesa Semmler, MLA for Inuvik Twin Lakes both shared the same copy of a new regulation made under the Residential Tenancy Act that protects tenants from evictions during the COVID emergency if they are unable to pay their rent. In a statement released Wednesday April 15th, NWT Minister of Finance confirmed that the GNWT has enacted a temporary regulation that offers tenants a mechanism to defer their rent if...

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CANADA EMERGENCY WAGE SUBSIDY LEGISLATION PASSES THE HOUSE OF COMMONS

Posted in Bylaws / Regulations, Coronavirus, Employment, Finance, Legislation, Newsworthy, Tax Law

CANADA EMERGENCY WAGE SUBSIDY LEGISLATION PASSES THE HOUSE OF COMMONS

The House of Commons was recalled on Saturday, April 11, 2020 to pass the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act, No. 2.  This Act approves the proposed Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) with some changes. Eligible Employers An eligible employer includes individuals, taxable corporations, partnerships consisting of eligible employers, non-profit organizations and registered charities. Public bodies would not be eligible for the subsidy. This would generally include municipalities and local...

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UPDATED LIST OF ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES IN ONTARIO

Posted in Coronavirus, Employment, Health & Safety, Industry Trends, Legislation, Media Releases, Ministry Of Labour, Newsworthy, Professional Services

UPDATED LIST OF ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES IN ONTARIO

Following advice from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, on April 3, 2020, Ontario updated the list of essential businesses that can remain open. The restrictions are aimed at further reducing contact between people and stopping the spread of COVID-19. By 11:59 p.m. Saturday, April 4, 2020, businesses that are not identified on this list must close their physical locations. For the purposes of this order, businesses include any for-profit, non-profit or other entity providing the goods...

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DOUG FORD ANNOUNCES HYDRO RATE RELIEF

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DOUG FORD ANNOUNCES HYDRO RATE RELIEF

Ontario is temporarily slashing hydro rates for families, farmers and small businesses amid the COVID-19 crisis. Premier Doug Ford, alongside Energy Minister Greg Rickford, announced Tuesday that the province will lower rates for at least six weeks to offset higher consumption as more people work from home or remain in self-isolation. “We know this is a challenging time for all Ontarians who are doing the right thing by staying home. We realize this means people are using more electricity...

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