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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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BROKEN SYSTEM AFFECTS LANDLORDS AND TENANTS

Posted in Affordable Housing, Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Tenancy Law

BROKEN SYSTEM AFFECTS LANDLORDS AND TENANTS

We all know that there is a housing crisis in Peterborough, and that the main issue is that there is not enough housing, plus rents have become unaffordable. There is another factor, however, which almost no one is talking about, which is that the Landlord/Tenant Act which gives a framework of law around landlord/tenant contracts is broken. Landlords and tenants are discovering that the basic contracts we thought we were working within, around payment of rent in return for maintenance of...

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LANDLORD AND TENANT BOARD IMPROVING SERVICES

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

LANDLORD AND TENANT BOARD IMPROVING SERVICES

The Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) is improving its operations and enhancing the quality of dispute resolution for the thousands of people across the province who access its services. The LTB is transforming its services to meet the needs of landlords and tenants by: Conducting hearings by telephone, video and in writing, where feasible. Shifting resources to prioritize scheduling hearings. Conducting case management hearings for contested L2 applications to end a tenancy and evict a tenant....

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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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RENT HIKE IN B.C. IS FROZEN, BUT PROVINCE SAYS LANDLORDS CAN EVICT

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

RENT HIKE IN B.C. IS FROZEN, BUT PROVINCE SAYS LANDLORDS CAN EVICT

A payment plan has been set out for renters in British Columbia who haven’t been able to pay rent during the COVID-19 pandemic as a government moratorium on evictions ends on Sept. 1. Renters in arrears between March 18 and Aug. 17 will have until at least next July to pay back the money owed to landlords. The government says landlords and renters need to work out a payment plan with the extra payment due with the monthly rent. The province has also extended its prohibition on rent...

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PANDEMIC EXACERBATES LANDLORD-TENANT POWER STRUGGLE WITH BOTH SIDES CRYING FOUL

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

PANDEMIC EXACERBATES LANDLORD-TENANT POWER STRUGGLE WITH BOTH SIDES CRYING FOUL

Dean Thornhill, a small-scale landlord and resident of Brampton, Ont., has been waiting for almost six months to get an eviction hearing at the province’s Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB). He claims problems with his tenants — who live in the basement of his home — started back in February. They were allegedly noisy and sent constant messages with “unrealistic demands,” leading him to file an eviction application citing harassment with the board (none of his claims have been proven). Then the...

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CITY RELEASES PROPOSED BYLAW TO REGULATE RENTAL PROPERTIES

Posted in Affordable Housing, Bylaws / Regulations, Health & Safety, Housing, Industry Trends, Legislation, Newsworthy, Tenancy Law

CITY RELEASES PROPOSED BYLAW TO REGULATE RENTAL PROPERTIES

A bylaw proposed by the city would make sure landlords maintain their rental units and encourage tenants to help keep cockroaches, rats and other pests out of the building. The draft bylaw published by the city on Tuesday would effectively set a minimum standard for all rental housing in Ottawa, including social housing. Council last year rejected the idea of a licensing regime for landlords but directed staff to establish additional regulations for Ottawa’s residential rental industry. Under...

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NEW LAW WILL ENCOURAGE LANDLORDS AND TENANTS TO NEGOTIATE REPAYMENT AGREEMENTS AMID COVID-19

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

NEW LAW WILL ENCOURAGE LANDLORDS AND TENANTS TO NEGOTIATE REPAYMENT AGREEMENTS AMID COVID-19

Ontario’s Protecting Tenants and Strengthening Community Housing Act, which has received royal assent, seeks to better protect tenants and to improve the stability of the province’s rental market. The legislation amends the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006, the Housing Services Act, 2011 and the Building Code Act, 1992, as well as repeals the Ontario Mortgage and Housing Corporation Act. The Act introduces numerous legislative changes, such as the following: The Act encourages repayment...

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