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Good Tenant Tips: A Place For Good Tenants To Share Helpful Advice

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

Tenants Speak Out & Share Their Concerns & Opinions on the Rental Industry

As part of our “Let’s Improve the Ontario Rental Industry” we have invited tenants to share their opinions on how we can make these improvements. These opinions are from individual contributors and are not the opinions of the Ontario Landlords Association. We believe by fostering communication between landlords and tenants we can improve the Ontario rental industry.

To contribute your experiences and advice please email us at:  tenantexperiences@groupmail.com (All contributions must be a minimum of 300 words and include your name, contact number, address, a copy of your lease, all which will all be kept private.)

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PAY RENT ON THE 1st IN ONTARIO

Friday, October 11th, 2019

In These Difficult Economic Times With Precarious Employment and Lay Offs Many Good Tenants Can’t Pay the Rent On Time…But You Can’t Be Kicked Out!

“No baby, we won’t be homeless as Mummy looks for a new job”

We live in difficult times.  Good landlords are aware of this and will support this post as it’s just an informative way your tenants can keep renting your over-priced property and making you rich for doing no real labour.

Landlords need to remember that while you do no work to take our money, tenants must struggle and work every day to try to feed our families and pay you your pound of flesh.

The Toronto Star recently had an article about being evicted and what tenants can do.  The advice was good but very limited as most mainstream media is these days.

This Is A War Against Tenants And the Working Class

The reality is workers are being laid off or even fired in place of third world factories with no human rights.

Even in Toronto many workers are given a low severance and an evil “good bye” as companies seek cheaper labour as they outsource.

Tenants are victims of the “gig economy” unlike Baby Boomers and Generation X who had it so easy in an era of low costs and high wages and even idiots and high school drop outs could get high paying jobs.

They put their businesses in places where workers are treated like slaves. Workers are whipped, chained, raped and beaten…all to make sure that new iPhone gets built for a low cost.

Landlords have a social responsibility

Good Landlords Will Understand Late or None Payment of Rent And Agree For Delays

Tenants are struggling. 

Smart landlords will have some empathy and understand if you can’t pay rent on time. They will give you a break and let you have a month or two of late rent, or even free rent for a few months.

Why Will They Give You A Break? 

Because the costs and risks of renting to new tenants is huge.  They might get a game player who never pay. Or get a nasty tenant who will damage their unit or upset others (including other condo owners). They should give you a break…but….

Landlords hate Tenants who know the rules!

If You Don’t Pay On The First Will You Be Kicked Out?

No!

There is a legal process landlords must follow.

If you don’t pay rent you will have months of rent free living and the opportunity to pay (and stay in your home) after many, many months!

I Didn’t Know That! What Is the Process? 

Landlords will file what is called an N4 to tell you to pay rent or they can try to evict you

The N4 is pure intimidation, you don’t have to move! LLs use this paper work to intimidate & threaten.

So If I Don’t Pay I Will Get Kicked Out?

No. 

Not at all, you are protected.

So What Happens If I Don’t Pay On The First Of The Month?

The N4 gives you two weeks to pay. You don’t have to pay the rent on the 1st of the month!

The landlord needs to then apply for a “court date” at the Landlord and Tenant Board.

These dates are between 6 to 18 months. That means you have a breather for a long time! 

In These Crazy Economic Times You Deserve a Break At Your Landlords Profits Expense!

Nothing can happen until you go to “court” at the Landlord and Tenant Board.

What Happens In The Period of Not Paying And the Hearing Date?

Nothing. 

You don’t have to pay a cent. And your landlord can’t harass you. 

If they do you can call the government Bad Landlord Police and get the landlord fined and even criminally charged!

You can also call the police.

So I Can Not Pay For Many Months and Still Stay In My Rental?

Yes. 

It’s not “your rental” it’s “your home”. 

The landlord will have to wait for months to get a “court date” at the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB).

What If I Want To Stay, Should I Pay All Rent Before the LTB Hearing?

No. Don’t be foolish.  This is a “business negotiation”.

Go to the Hearing. You are the victim and your landlord is getting rich thanks to your suffering and poverty!  LTB judges know this!

The LTB has a room where tenants and landlords can “work things out” called mediation.

You can agree to pay the rent owed, but why not negotiate?  Say you will pay 20% to avoid a “trial” at the LTB. 

Many landlords will be happy to get the money and avoid the stress of going in front of an LTB adjudicator and potentially getting nothing.

Landlords are scared of trials where they will be held accountable for their crimes against humanity. Google “Nuremberg trials“.

How Can I Prepare For the LTB Hearing?

The best defense is a good offense.

Let’s walk you through this….Take a look around your home.

Do you see any maintenance issues?

Remember: no house is perfect so for sure you can find something.  Mold, stairs not up to code, fridge is not super cold, etc, etc. etc.  You can use this as a weapon!

Do I Have To Tell My Landlord About These Problems Before the Trial?

NO!

Don’t tell them. 

Bring them up at the LTB hearing and SHOCK your landlord.

This will immediately lead the adjudicator to cancel your hearing and book another one so the landlord can fix the things you brought up (hint: bring up a lot of stuff!)

You get another 3 – 6 months of rent free living. You need this help you SURVIVE in this crazy property owner controlled brutal capitalist world!

Landlords call this “trial by ambush” but it’s just part of the legal system to protect good tenants. And it will give you months of more free rent.

This is the best way for poor working class tenants to fight their rich “villa in Paris” or “apartments in China or Iran”.

More Help For Tenants

Remember you can get free legal help (and your landlord doesn’t and has to pay thousands).

Yes, it’s free!  And it will lead your landlord to have to pay for legal representation and while you get if free they will be charged $250 to $400+ per hour! 

You can bleed your landlord dry as they can’t afford these rates.  You pay nothing and they have to pay $300/hour and you can bankrupt them, as many tenants have done (not reported but we all know the score).

So I Don’t Need To Pay For Months And Can Still Live In My Rental Home?

Yes. 

The whole process will take at least 6 to 8+ months (you can live rent free). 

You Can Also Appeal

After 6-8 months to a year of living rent free, and using this money to pay for university and better food for your kids you still have option.

Tenants Waking Up And Fighting For Our Rights

If you can’t pay rent don’t be intimidated. You have a system that protects you and you can even not pay and stay in your home for months (or years if you are smart).

Contact Your Local Legal Aid Clinic For Help Against Your Bad Landlord

Saturday, September 21st, 2019

Thanks To Justin Trudeau You Can Get Free Legal Help To Fight Your Bad Landlord!

You Can Use This Free Service To Intimidate & Even BANKRUPT Bad Landlords!

You NEED To Get Free Legal Help! (Yes, Free!)

Often tenants think we are alone and feel helpless.  After all, many of us work long hours or rely on diminishing government assistance to keep food on the table.

Life for us hard-working honest tenants is a constant struggle just to survive!

Many tenants also have young kids and anyone who has brought up children knows how stressful this is. Unlike the rich landlords, we can’t use the rent money to hire nannies, cooks, cleaners and buy the most expensive toys.

So when you have a bully landlord causing you trouble many tenants feel like we are in a “black hole”.

We get depressed, we feel ill and it’s all about a sense of powerlessness.

While your Ferrari owning or $100,000 SUV driving landlord can use our rent to hire lawyers, we feel we are on our own. And life is tough enough without dealing with some rich bully landlord.

While landlords are enjoying our rent money, many tenants are struggling to survive.

Cheer Up and Be Energized! There Is Help Out There For You!

The pro-landlord right wing conservative media such as the CBC and Toronto Star will never write about ways tenants can get help and justice.

Why?

Because they rely on the revenue of advertisements to the “landlord class” to make money.

This is why you see so many ads for expensive vacations to Europe or the Caribbean, ads for expensive cars, and ads for expensive law firms…all directed to the rich “landlord class”.

These landlords are the people who really run our country.  And their source of money is the working class like us paying them rent!

But There Is Help…(and it’s free!)

Fortunately there is help out there. Only most tenants don’t even know about it!

We are too over-worked, too stressed, too tired, and too indoctrinated to even believe such help exists.

But Help Does Exist Thanks to Legal Aid Clinics Across Ontario!

The evil Ford government cut funding to legal aid centers.  These are centers that provide free legal help to people who need protection.

For example, new refugees, women who have been victims of domestic abuse, and most important is tenants.

Ford is controlled by the landlords. So he wanted to shut down the ways poor tenants trying to survive can fight back. The landlords like the OLA pushed Ford to do this!

Justin Trudeau Came To Our Rescue!

The devious Ford gov’t cut legal aid as the Corporate landlords and Ontario Landlords Association told them to do!

This would have stopped refugees and tenants from being able to get help. The was the plan by the OLA and the huge globalist corporate landlords. Without legal aid, tenants could easily be bullied and intimidated.

Thanks to Justin Trudeau our amazing Prime Minister (great hair!) the federal government gave full funding to the legal aid clinics in Ontario!

Contact Your Local Legal Aid Clinic For Free Legal Help

They have amazing trained professionals lawyers and paralegals who will help you. They are very experienced and on your side!

Find your local legal clinic here.

Tenant Duty Counsel Program

This is free legal help specifically for landlord/Tenant matters.

The government provides free legal help to ALL tenants (rich or poor) at the Landlord and Tenant Board Tribunals.

Even if you make $1,000,000/year and drive a Ferrari you get free legal help…but you need to come to your Landlord and Tenant Board Hearing early and get the free help you are entitled to.

This is great because it means the program is non-discriminatory and not based on income. It’s really fair.

Tenant Duty Counsel

The Tenant Duty Counsel Program (TDCP) is a program of ACTO, funded by Legal Aid Ontario.  ACTO funds 30 legal clinics across the province to provide TDCP services. The TDCP is a walk-in service available at locations across Ontario where the Landlord and Tenant Board hold their hearings.

TDCP staff provide advice, legal assistance, resources and referrals to unrepresented tenants on the day of their hearing at the Landlord and Tenant Board. Priority is given to tenants facing eviction.

TDCP staff also provide advice to tenants who have been illegally locked out or who have sheriff notices or eviction orders.

If you have a problem with your landlord, you may need legal help before there is a Landlord and Tenant Board hearing. For low-income tenants, this help is provided by community legal clinics, located in each major town or city. Find your legal clinic.

You Can Bankrupt Your Bad Landlord And Make Them Back Down (and even beg for mercy)

We Tenants can get free legal help but the landlords can’t!

They have to pay huge money to “defend” against our “free” legal aid help.

Many times the landlord is  paying thousands of dollars to a paralegal or lawyer and will just back down and give you what we want to avoid paying even more thousands of dollars to lawyers and paralegals who will take their money (guaranteed) but won’t refund them if they don’t win and don’t “terminate” the tenants. 

The legal reps for landlords love getting paid from landlords in trouble. So use this against them. You get free legal help, and every day the legal battle goes on your landlord loses money.

LOL!

It’s Time For Tenants To Get Aggressive And Fight Back

Let’s make this clear: Good landlords have have nothing to worry about.

But tenants dealing with bad landlords need to keep in regular contact with your local legal aid clinic. They are there to help you…and you will win!

Tenants Need To Fight Back And You Will Win!

Many tenants get depressed and feel everything is hopeless as your landlord doesn’t fix things and takes your rent money to buy drugs and fancy new cars and Bahama vacations.

Thank You Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Who Feels Our Pain. As Someone Who Worked As A Teacher & Bouncer He Is Working Class Like Us! PM Trudeau Believes We Are All Equal And Deserve Fairness!

Justin fights for people in need.  And Justin has just made sure Tenants can continue to get free legal help to fight bad landlords. Good landlords have nothing to worry about, just treat us like 5 star clients.

Are You On A Bad Tenant List? It’s Illegal And You Can Call The Police On Your Landlord!

Sunday, September 1st, 2019

Did Your Landlord Put You A “Bad Tenant List?”

It’s Not Only Scary, It’s Illegal!

And You Can Call The Police!

The news that some landlords have put tenants on “bad tenant lists” has shocked and scared hard- working tenants all over the province of Ontario.

The news there are illegal blacklists was reported in Sudbury.com

A man who says he was invited to be part of a closed Facebook group for local landlords says it’s wrong the group is keeping a blacklist of tenants to avoid renting to.

Matthew Hahnimaki provided the list to Sudbury.com, as well as screenshots of a discussion in which a landlord advises other property owners to keep the blacklist “on the down low” because it is illegal.

The group, as Hanhimaki has gathered over his short stay, is a place where landlords, most of whom are independent with one or two properties, say they exist to share information about things like where to get credit checks done, and recommend businesses like Hanhimaki’s to other landlords in Sudbury.

Sadly this was not true. The Landlords were undertaking something much more nefarious and illegal.

Hanhimaki said it didn’t take long before he became aware members of the group were maintaining a list “of not so good tenants” and sharing it among themselves.

The list has some 200 names on it.

“There’s posts on there from people asking about the list and they seem to want to keep it hush-hush,” said Hanhimaki. “You have to send a message to this one specific girl and she’ll send it to you.”

An exchange between members of the group shows people requesting the list of names, and one member saying:  “Just a heads up having a list is illegal so keep it on the down low”.

Another member responded to the comment, stating, “Really should find another way to refer people to it without mentioning names. Perhaps create a Gmail account for whomever has the list and just give that out.”

Sudbury.com has obtained a copy of the list, along with screenshots from posts on the Sudbury Landlords page with members requesting their own copy.

Hanhimaki is not on the list himself, but feels this is an unfair way for tenants to be treated.

“This is wrong,” Hahnimaki said. “I’m on my landlord about maintenance things and that might rub him the wrong way, but that doesn’t mean I’m a bad tenant. I always pay my rent on time.”

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada seems to agree with Hahnimaki’s opinion that a “bad tenant list” is wrong.

Unless the person maintaining the list is a licensed credit agency in Ontario, the list contravenes subsection 5(3) of the the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.

What’s more, unless the tenants on the list were aware their personal information was being disclosed to other landlords, landlords had no right to share the information among themselves.

Illegal Tenant Blacklists Exist…They Are Illegal…And You Can Stop Them!

The message is out that low-class, low-educated small Sudbury landlords have created illegal “bad tenant lists” on Facebook.

It’s not only Sudbury…Illegal Blacklists Are All Over Ontario…and you can fight back!

What Can You Do If You Are On An Illegal “Bad Tenant List?”

One complainant on the list said she never consented to her personal information being collected for that purpose and wasn’t allowed to see the information about her or find out which landlord had added her name to the list.

What About the Privacy Commissions?

They are good, but they are slow and very bureaucratic.  These people get huge salaries for basically doing nothing.  Sure make a complaint and it will likely get the illegal list shut down.

But you need to protect yourself fast!

Call the Police!

Your personal information is being made public without your permission.  This is not only a privacy issue, it’s a safety issue.  It is also a harassment issue.

We have heard from tenants who have been put on these illegal lists and they have called the Boys in Blue.  They explained the situation and the officers have personally went to the landlords home and told them to “SHUT IT DOWN!”

It’s Time All Tenants Work Together To Shut Down Illegal “Bad Tenant” Websites

Remember according to the Canada privacy commissioner you can only be on a bad tenant list only if:

Unless the person maintaining the list is a licensed credit agency in Ontario, the list contravenes subsection 5(3) of the the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.

What’s more, unless the tenants on the list were aware their personal information was being disclosed to other landlords, landlords had no right to share the information among themselves.

So if this is not the case make sure you print this out and call the police.

NEVER EVERY FEEL ASHAMED, WEAK OR INTIMIDATED!

Explain the rules (show them the print out) and explain how this information is harassment and bullying by people who need your money, but also at the same look down on you!

You can also get help from your local Legal Aid Clinic at https://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/contact/contact.asp?type=cl