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SUPPORTING RENTERS, LANDLORDS DURING COVID-19

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SUPPORTING RENTERS, LANDLORDS DURING COVID-19

To support people and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Province is introducing a new temporary rental supplement, halting evictions and freezing rents, among other actions. The new rental supplement will help households by offering up to $500 a month towards their rent, building on federal and provincial financial supports already announced for British Columbians facing financial hardship. “With lost jobs and lost wages due to COVID-19, many tenants are worried they can’t make the rent....

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COVID-19 “CERB” PROGRAM MAY RESOLVE “RENT REPAYMENT” ISSUES

Posted in Bylaws / Regulations, Coronavirus, Finance, Industry Trends, Legislation, Media Releases, Newsworthy

COVID-19 “CERB” PROGRAM MAY RESOLVE “RENT REPAYMENT” ISSUES

Yesterday, the federal government introduced the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) which is intended to quickly direct income support payments to Canadians whose income has been lost or severely reduced because of COVID-19. The government claims that Canadians who qualify for the program can now expect payments of up to $2000.00 within weeks and the payments should continue for four months. This means that many of the rent defaults landlords may experience on their April rent rolls...

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RENTAL MANAGEMENT BUSINESSES CAN STAY OPEN IN ONTARIO

Posted in Bylaws / Regulations, Coronavirus, Employment, Industry Trends, Legislation, Newsworthy, Professional Services

RENTAL MANAGEMENT BUSINESSES CAN STAY OPEN IN ONTARIO

On March 23, the Ontario Government announced the mandatory shutdown of workplaces not deemed to be essential. Rental management has been deemed to be essential. Therefore, rental management businesses are legally allowed to continue their operations and keep their offices open for their employees. However, that does NOT mean they should conduct business as was usual before Covid-19. ALL businesses should minimize in-person contact as much as possible, including operating by telephone or over...

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RENT FREEZES, EVICTION DEFERRALS NEEDED AMID CORONAVIRUS FALLOUT: EXPERTS

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

RENT FREEZES, EVICTION DEFERRALS NEEDED AMID CORONAVIRUS FALLOUT: EXPERTS

Nearly half of Canadian renters live paycheque to paycheque — and the novel coronavirus pandemic is bound to strain their finances more, according to a report released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives on Monday. Nearly 3.4 million Canadian households that rent earn income via employment or self-employment, according to Statistics Canada data from 2016. The CCPA report found that 46 per cent — or 1.6 million households — of those Canadians have savings to last them one month or...

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RESIDENTIAL TENANTS, LANDLORDS FACE DILEMMA AS RENT COMES DUE ON APRIL 1

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RESIDENTIAL TENANTS, LANDLORDS FACE DILEMMA AS RENT COMES DUE ON APRIL 1

As the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic ripples across Canada, another wave may crest within the week as rent comes due for residential tenants. April 1 is a pressing deadline for tenants and landlords alike as the novel coronavirus keeps people at home and closes businesses, leaving tens of thousands of Canadians out of work. “It reminds me of a ‘Mission: Impossible’ movie, where tick, tick, tick, the time is ticking down and someone has to try to save the day before...

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ONTARIO RTA REFORMS GIVE RELIEF TO BOTH LANDLORDS AND TENANTS

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ONTARIO RTA REFORMS GIVE RELIEF TO BOTH LANDLORDS AND TENANTS

The long awaited changes to the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) were introduced in the Ontario Legislature on March 12 as Bill 184. In Bill 184, the provincial government is seeking to provide some relief to both landlords and tenants. However, anyone who expected a major overhaul of the RTA to make it more landlord-friendly will be sorely disappointed. The big fix everyone needs is for the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) to eliminate its delays in processing applications. Over the last two...

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HOUSING TASK FORCE TO MAKE MORE THAN 40 RECOMMENDATIONS TO CITY COUNCIL

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HOUSING TASK FORCE TO MAKE MORE THAN 40 RECOMMENDATIONS TO CITY COUNCIL

KINGSTON — After more than a year’s work, the report from the mayor’s task force on housing is to recommend more than 40 ways the city can help increase the availability and affordability of housing. The report from the 12-member task force, announced by Mayor Bryan Paterson during his inaugural council address in December 2018, is to present its report to city council on Tuesday. The task force was set up and instructed to find “evidence-informed and action-oriented observations” and assemble...

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CANADA’S HOUSING REGULATIONS IN COMPARISON TO OTHER COUNTRIES

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CANADA’S HOUSING REGULATIONS IN COMPARISON TO OTHER COUNTRIES

Around the world there are almost no limits to legislators’ creativity in protecting renters and potential home buyers from soaring prices. The world’s most populous countries, India and China, don’t allow any non-resident foreign nationals to buy their real estate. The city of Berlin just moved to protect 1.5 million tenants by freezing most rents for five years. The Netherlands is cutting back on sudden reno-victions by making sure 70 per cent of an apartment building’s tenants agree before...

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‘I’m just stuck’: Downtown Windsor landlord says tenant board backlog means evicted client can’t be removed

Posted in Bylaws / Regulations, Communications, Finance, Health & Safety, Housing, Industry Trends, Insurance, Legislation, Maintenance, Newsworthy, Real Estate Law, Tenancy Law

‘I’m just stuck’: Downtown Windsor landlord says tenant board backlog means evicted client can’t be removed

Downtown Windsor landlord Marie Vieira successfully argued an eviction case in front of Ontario’s Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) last November. At the time, she received verbal confirmation that a tenant who caused more than $15,000 worth of water damage to two rental units after forgetting to turn off the tap would be evicted. Due to a backlog within the LTB, however, Vieira says she’s still waiting to receive a sheriff’s notice that will allow her to formally evict her...

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Council to mull cash incentives for affordable housing

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Council to mull cash incentives for affordable housing

City politicians today will debate whether the city should offer cash incentives to builders and homeowners to create affordable housing in new developments as well as in existing homes. Two proposed affordable housing programs would offer loans of up to $20,000 per unit when a developer builds a new project or when a homeowner converts a part of their house into an apartment. “We have been talking about the idea of inclusionary zoning, and talked about it and talked about it and talked about...

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