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Sunday, November 29th, 2020

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.

Most of us used to rent to and we have tried to become the landlords we always wanted to rent from but could never find.

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 in a win-win business relationship.

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 and destroyed upon confirmation.)

The post below has been recommended by the Tenant Community as extremely helpful and important information. 

By Working Together Tenants And Small Landlords Can Get A Better Understanding of the Issues And Improve The Ontario Rental Industry.

Let’s all face issues straight on and work to make the Ontario Rental Industry not only an example for Canada, but for the world!

 

Eviction Defense Advice Against A Corrupt Landlord and Tenant Board

Sunday, November 29th, 2020

Super Heroes Exist: They Are Tenants Helping Tenants During These Crazy, Horrifying Times! 

Super heroes exist. They spend their time and energy to help tenants protect tenants. They work tirelessly to make sure justice happens for Tenants.

One the most amazing “Justice League” of Heroes is Parkdale Organize. They have created some very helpful slides of advice that can help tenants.

Please take a look and visit there site (and help out if you can). Tenants are in this together.

Here is some motivating and useful information to help you and your family survive. Spread the word to others!

Tenants Have Rights Too! We Are In This Together!

Always remember to also get FREE LEGAL ADVICE BEFORE YOUR HEARING!

Part 1: Top Secrets To Avoid Being Evicted At The Ontario Landlord And Tenant Board

Monday, November 16th, 2020

Take Action And Avoid Being Evicted In A Global Pandemic PART 1

Landlords are boasting and cocky like never before.  They are now getting Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) Hearing dates and evicting Tenants who rightfully didn’t pay rent during the beginning of the Covid-19 health catastrophe! Tenants are losing our homes every day!

They even changed the rules to make faster MASS EVICTIONS

Despite Premier Ford’s statement that tenants who didn’t pay rent during the pandemic would be protected, the LTB is evicting tenants by the thousands now.

Ford is the ultimate traitor and a puppet of the landlords. His lack of a strong moral code and his deception are putting our children at risk.

“Daddy I’m so cold and feel sick being homeless.”

GET READY FOR MASS EVICTIONS IN WINTER!

The landlords and their lobbyists the Ontario Landlords Association ,the Ontario Real Estate Association and the corporate Chinese Communist Party (CCP) controlled landlord groups control the Ford government. It’s called “pay to play.”

This has led to even more anti-tenant rules in the Residential Tenancies Act

These new rules are harsh and destroy almost all rights hard working tenants have fought for over the past 40 years!

Ford made these changes which don’t allow tenants to re-schedule Hearings if we are sick or busy finding a job and will lead to hundreds of thousands of people homeless and on the street!

Why Are They Doing This? When You Move Landlords Can Raise The Rent As Much As They Want! 

This is their goal because when tenants move out, landlords can raise the rent by hundreds and even thousands of dollars for new tenants. There is no rent control for new tenants!

“Why was my family evicted in the cold of winter during a lock down? I’m so sad!”

“I thought Canada as a good place? My family is suffering, I hate to see Mummy crying all the time and I’m hungry!!!”

They Want You And Your Family Homeless!

They don’t just want to evict you, they want you homeless and want you to suffer. They hope you have toddlers who will living in a super cold Canadian winter where they might not survive. Landlords view you as cannon fodder, as less than human!

Because how dare you not pay rent…when the Premier said you didn’t have to. Canada is a corrupt nation.

This is an attack on Tenants like we have never seen before!

Who is Doug Ford, Really?

“March 2020: Tenants don’t have to pay rent during the Pandemic”

“Nov 2020: I Fooled You ALL With My Warm Uncle Act! LOL! Mass Evictions on the way and renters should get out! Landlords need you evicted to raise rents HAHAHA”

It’s a lie that will lead to mass evictions and massive homelessness. The reality is Canadian politicians lie all the time and cannot be trusted.

 

You Need To Win At The Landlord And Tenant Board To Survive!

Evictions are  happening and thousands of tenants per day are being evicted and kicked to the streets to die!

“I need money for more Botox treatments and my Ferrari needs snow tires! Tenants get out so I can raise the rent by $500/month!!”

Small Landlords Show Their True Evil Face, They Are Not Nice

The good “mom and pop” landlord trying to just pay their bills is a myth!

Most landlords are incredibly greedy and heartless. All they want is to to get your hard earned money even during a global pandemic where thousands of people are dying.

They could easily give you a break and use their profits to cover their mortgages, or (and this will upset them) get a real job and not just rely on sucking the life blood of tenants like parasites.

They simply don’t care about you and your family and only view you as cattle. Or less than cattle. You are the steak, pork, chicken and lamb they feast on.

And now with online hearings Tenants are being evicted like cows in slaughterhouse!

 

Use “Payment Plans” Against Your Landlord And Win!

Tenants have very few options…but we still have some!

If you want to avoid being evicted and win at the Landlord and Tenant Board here is one strategy you should consider.

Let’s first look the the rules of the Residential Tenancies Act which were changed in July, 2020.

Did you know the rules changed? Most tenants (and tenant groups) don’t realize it.

But this is the key to avoiding evictions and defeating your landlord!

Here’s the new rules:

Rent Arrears that Arose During COVID-19

On July 21, 2020, the following provision was added to the RTA:

“83(6) Without restricting the generality of subsections (1) and (2), if a hearing is held in respect of an application under section 69 for an order evicting a tenant based on arrears of rent arising in whole or in part during the period beginning on March 17, 2020 and ending on the prescribed date, in determining whether to exercise its powers under subsection (1) the Board shall consider whether the landlord has attempted to negotiate an agreement with the tenant including terms of payment for the tenant’s arrears.

What this means is that when deciding whether to grant discretionary relief from eviction for an application about rent arrears on or after March 17, 2020, the Board must consider whether the landlord tried to reach a payment agreement with the tenant before the hearing.

Therefore, at the hearing the parties or their representatives must be prepared to discuss whether the landlord and the tenant tried to reach an agreement. If the parties tried to reach an agreement but were not successful, the details of the negotiations should not be discussed during the hearing.

Subsection 83(6) applies to rent arrears that arose, at least in part, starting on March 17, 2020, and ending on a date to be proclaimed by the Lieutenant Governor. As of September 2020, the ending date had not been proclaimed”

So How Does This Help Tenants?

Landlords had to have offered you the option of a “Payment Plan” in order to get their eviction and kick you and your family to the cold streets!

Let’s look at this again:

1. Your Landlord Didn’t Offer You A Payment Plan?

This is excellent for you.

All you have to do is explain to the LTB adjudicator that during the Covid-19 pandemic shut down you were worried about surviving and your landlord “didn’t even try to cooperate with you.”

This will lead to no eviction as long as you (a) Show up for your Hearing (b) Explain how scary times were during the lock-down.

2. Your Landlord Offered You A Payment Plan?

This makes things more complicated. Because if your landlord offered you a payment plan they probably did it because their $500/hr lawyer told them to do this to get you kicked out on the street!

At your Landlord and Tenant Board Hearing your landlord or their representative will try to use this to get a evicted, and fast!

Even if the offer was ridiculous, or you were too busy trying to survive to contemplate it, the Ford Pro-Landlord LTB will get you evicted!

Your Landlord Only Made The Payment Plan Offer To Use Against You To Evict you!

They don’t care about getting a little bit of rent, they want you evicted so they can raise the rent buy hundreds or thousands of dollars to the next tenants! The payment plan provided to you was a just a “legal tactic” to get you evicted!

Fight landlord dirty tricks by using their tricks against them!

Fight Fire With Fire – DENY, DENY, DENY!

Landlords are lying so you can too! Fight fire with fire. Too many tenants are honest and victims to lying, evil landlords.

At you Landlord and Tenant Board Hearing if your landlords says they offered you a “payment plan” deny it.

Yes, JUST DENY IT! (Yes, even if it’s not true!)

1. If they say they called you discussing a payment plan…DENY IT!

2. If they say they emailed you offering a payment plan…DENY IT!

3. If they say they met with you offering a payment plan…DENY IT!

What If There Is Evidence That Your Landlord Presented A Payment Plan?

First of all deny it. Make your landlord “prove” it.

If there is an email exchange tell the LTB adjudicator that is not your email address and make your landlord prove it!

If your landlord recorded you say that is “not me” and make your landlord prove it!

Do You Have A Spouse Or Roommate Or Someone Living With You?

This is great.

Bring them in as witnesses and also DENY, DENY, DENY and payment plan offers.

If There Is Any Doubt Of A Payment Plan Your LL Claims Is True And You Get An Eviction Order You Can Appeal To The Superior Court And Win

Unlike all the low paid, desperate for work newly hired failed lawyers, failed paralegal LTB adjudicators (their salary and benefits are Walmart tire!), Superior Court Judges are trained and fair and fight for real JUSTICE!

No Landlord Offer Of A Payment Plan = No LTB Eviction = Protect Your Family From Landlord Lies!

Protect You and Your Family By Using Legal Methods To Beat Your Landlord At the Landlord At Tenant Board

Tenants are just trying to find a home. We pay our rent on time and keep the properties like our own.

During a huge historic pandemic where are our jobs were shut down many tenants couldn’t pay rent.

We were promised by Ford that we didn’t have to pay rent so we could pay for food and medicine.

Months later the rules have changed and landlords are seeking MASS EVICTIONS.

Make Sure You Fight Back And Win At Your LTB Hearing.

This Is Part 1, Come Back And More Real Life Advice To Avoid Evictions!!

Attention Tenants: Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) Is NOT FOR PAYING RENT (legally you don’t have to use it to pay rent!)

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

Don’t Be Tricked! Don’t Be Bullied! The CRB Is For Helping You Survive! LTB Adjudicators Will Understand & Agree Not Using It To Pay Rent (and won’t evict you!)

The CRB programme was created to help workers who continue to need support for our families. This means these emergency funds given are to make sure you have enough to eat, the cloth your family in harsh winter conditions, to buy medicine, and for other daily necessities.

It is NOT for paying rent.

It was not designed to go to tenants and then transferred to landlords (who have their own programs to get rent) during these frightening times! If you do not pay rent you can explain to this to a judge or LTB adjudicator and you will not be evicted!

Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)

While many Canadians have seen their jobs come back and have returned to work since the start of the pandemic, the Government of Canada recognizes that there remain other workers in sectors that have been particularly hit hard who continue to need support.

That is why, today, the Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Chrystia Freeland, and the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, announced the introduction of Bill C-2, to create three new temporary Recovery Benefits to support Canadians who are unable to work for reasons related to COVID-19. These new Benefits are being proposed as part of the Government of Canada’s plan to support Canadians as we work to build back a stronger, more resilient economy. Since the introduction of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) in the early days of the pandemic, at a time when we asked Canadians to stay home, close to 9 million Canadians have received the Benefit to help to pay their bills and support their families.

The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are directly affected by COVID-19 and are not entitled to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. The CRB is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

If you are eligible for the CRB, you can receive $1,000 ($900 after taxes withheld) for a 2-week period.

If your situation continues past 2 weeks, you will need to apply again. You may apply up to a total of 13 eligibility periods (26 weeks) between September 27, 2020 and September 25, 2021.

https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/recovery-benefit.html

My Landlord Is A Bully! If She Tries To Evict Me What Can I Do?

“Pay now or I will evict you! I have payments for my BMWs to make!”

Many (not all) landlords are bullies who don’t even know the law.

Don’t worry at all.

1. The Process Will Take Over a Year To Get  Hearing HAHAHAHA

First of all, it your landlord will have to serve you an N4 (pay rent) which is just a request for the money. Then if you ignore if they have to get a “hearing” date at the LTB which will take at least a year.

2. At The Hearing You Can Easily Explain Why You Didn’t Pay Rent

In Ontario housing is a “human right” and not just a business transaction. This is why the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board is part of the Social Justice tribunal system. Most landlords don’t even know this!

At the Hearing you will get free legal aid to help you. Yes, all tenants no matter what your income.

Then you just explain why you needed CRB and what your struggles are. Make sure to be very dramatic and perhaps even cry and wear old clothes at your Hearing to make sure the message gets across to the Adjudicator.

If you do this YOU WILL NOT BE EVICTED!

At most you will be given a looooonnnnnggggg term payment plan, but you won’t be evicted! You might have to pay an extra $10/month once the pandemic is over LOL!

Yes, the Ford government is tenant-friendly! They don’t want the media to report on “mass evictions” so they put the burn on landlords which is rad!

Make sure you text or email your landlord about your problems and ask them to understand your situation. An email like this:

“Dear ____, During these difficult times I’m unable to pay rent due to. __ and ___ and ___. Please understand my situation as I want to pay but simply cannot due to this horrible pandemic. I am open to communication with and ask you to respect the extremely difficult times I face. I will pay you in full as soon as I can, but now I must protect my life and the lives of my family!”

***MAKE SURE YOU DOCUMENT EVERYTHING, EXPECIALLY YOUR EMAILS/TEXTS TO YOUR LANDLORD (WITH DATES!) AS EVIDENCE

Landlords want your money for their new cars and vacations!

3. What If My Landlord Offered Me A Payment Plan?

You can choose to agree, but it’s best to disagree. Just make sure you have a record of why you disagreed.

(For example “I need money for my baby!” or “I want to make a payment plan but am worried about being able to pay food and can’t find work, please understand my situation!”)

4. What If My Landlord Harasses Me Or Locks Me Out?

Call the police.

This is a landlord tenant matter and the landlord MUST LET YOU IN!

Tenants Are More Powerful Than We Think!

In Ontario there are strong laws to protect tenants. But most tenants are not aware of our legal rights and don’t fight our landlords!

Many tenants don’t even go to their Landlord and Tenant Board Hearing, which means the landlord wins “automatically” when if you just show up, get free legal aid, you will !

If You Show Up And Fight Back You Will Win!

SO SHOW UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tenants all over, in this global pandemic make sure you enforce your LEGAL RIGHTS.

Most landlord victories at the LTB are because tenants didn’t show up!

Don’t feel afraid, feel ENERGIZED! Feel Proud! You Have Rights And Your Future Is Looking Good! You Will Win If:

– You Fight Back.

-You Get Free Legal Help.

-You Show Up For Your Hearing.(!)

-You Don’t Be Bullied

-You Don’t Be Demotivated.

And you will Win…Yes you will! Love yourself and fight hard with fellow tenants across Ontario!

IT’S YOUR RIGHT TO NOT PAY RENT DURING A PANDEMIC!

REMEMBER TO GET FREE LEGAL HELP AND THEY WILL FIGHT BACK FOR YOU!!!

TENANTS FREE LEGAL HELP!

USE IT TO DEFEAT YOUR LANDLORD AND PROTECT YOUR TENANT RIGHTS!

HOW TENANTS CAN AVOID EVICTIONS AND WIN! Did You Get A Notice Of Hearing? Getting Evicted? N4, N5? You Can Get FREE LEGAL Help To Defeat Your Landlord And Stay In Your Home!

Thursday, October 1st, 2020

Did You Know Ontario Tenants Have The Right To A Free Lawyer & Free Legal Advice To Fight Your Landlord! Yes, It’s True!

Don’t Be Shy And Take Action! If You Don’t You Can Be Evicted!

If You Make Sure You Get FREE LEGAL HELP FROM THE ONTARIO GOVERNMENT

You Will Not Be Evicted And Win! Defend Your Rights, For Free!

Many Tenants are struggling to make ends meet during the global pandemic known as Covid19.

Even the United States under President Donald Trump has banned all evictions for health reason in 2020.Yes, the USA protects tenants from Covid evictions and Canada doesn’t!

Ontario landlords are allowed to try to evict us even if could mean the death of ourselves and our loved ones!  We could all end up on the streets or face a long dangerous winter in homeless tenant city! Ontario winters are cold and frightening. Many people, including young children die on the cold hard streets.

Ford is the enemy of all tenants and his pathetic attempt to make himself look better by banning rent increases in 2021 is just a pathetic political ploy! Ford talks and talks and talks and refuses the to help people in need. 

Tenants Are Under Attack As Ford Allows For Us To Be Evicted In A Global Pandemic…And Bad Landlords Won’t Give Us A Break!

Got An N4 Or N5 From Your Landlord, L1 or L2…Or A Hearing Date At the Landlord And Tenant Board?

……..What Should You Do?

You need to immediately get free legal help to fight your landlord and defeat them and not move out!

You will not be evicted if you get free legal help!

At worst you will get a very, very long-term “payment plan” (pay a bit over several years, like $20/month, and not have to move out! And your landlord MUST accept it!)

Where To Get Free Legal Help To Protect Yourself?

How can we expect hard-working tenants to become “experts” in landlord /tenant laws? 

The government knows wealthy landlords will hire $500/hour lawyers and paralegals to represent them to evict you and make your life a living HELL! They use your rent money to hire legal help to evict you!

Many landlords want to use the legal system to bully you. But you can fight back!

The good news is in Ontario tenants are protected and you can get free expert legal help to beat our landlord. The Liberal government has protected us!

Yes, FREE EXPERT LEGAL HELP!!! Experts who know the landlord and tenant law like the back of their hand…and they will work for you free!

And they will PROTECT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!

Here’s How:

(1) Contact the Advocacy Centre For Tenants Ontario (ACTO)

ATTN tenants: The Landlord and Tenant Board is now open. ACTO provides tenants who have a scheduled LTB hearing with free legal advice from our Tenant Duty Counsel. Sign up –> tdc.acto.ca

ACTO provides legal supports to tenants across the province and prevent evictions into homelessness through our Tenant Duty Counsel Program (TDCP). Our TDC lawyers provide free legal advice to tenants on the day of their hearing at the Landlord and Tenant Board

There is No “Income Check” for this legal help …ALL TENANTS GET FREE LEGAL REPRESENTATION FROM ACTO LEGAL REPRESENTATIVES AT ALL LANDLORD AND TENANT BOARD (LTB) HEARINGS!!!! Rich or Poor, they give you free help!

If you are a low-income tenant and need legal advice, contact your local legal clinic

Legal clinic staff are amazing and passionate to help you avoid evictions, and make sure your landlord follows the rules or else!

We also work to reduce the many barriers faced by tenants to secure safe and adequate housing. We advocate on behalf of tenants across the province to increase the availability of affordable rental

(2) Call ACORN (Amazing Group Of Volunteer Tenant Heroes!)

This courageous and hard charging group is a leader in defending tenant rights. They are all working class like us and they are making a huge difference and making Tenant Rights a major issue and fighting hard for us!

(3) Call The Federation of Metro Tenants Association

Around since the 1970s this group has a free hot-line for you to call to get help. While not nearly as aggressive as they were under the previous leadership which was incredible and made big changes for tenants, they are great people and on your side and can direct you to help. Very good, sincere people in this organization!

FMTA Tenant Hot-line: 416-921-9494

What If Your Landlord Isn’t Maintaining Your Home Or Harassing You?

(1) Call Your Local By-Law Office

Your landlord is responsible for maintaining the property accord to the property standards laws. You can call the By-Law department directly and they will ORDER YOUR LANDLORD TO FIX  THINGS OR FACE HUGE FINES!

Here’s How It Works:

Yes, you can call By-laws directly if your property isn’t property maintained, if there is mould, if windows allow drafts in, if windows or doors are taken, etc. etc.

A kind and professional By-law Officer will come to your home (without informing your landlord) and do an inspection.

The By-Law Officer will then threaten your landlord to complete the repairs by a certain date or the landlord will receive HUGE FINES!

There is no limit t calling the By-law officer to come inspect your home and make your landlord fix things! That’s right,  no need to even contact your landlord!

(2) Call The Rental Enforcement Unit

Did you know the Ontario Government has a “police force” to arrest and charge landlords? The Ford government tries to hide it but it exists and is a great way to defend your rights!

Telephone: 416-585-7214
Toll-free telephone: 1-888-772-9277

Click here for more information.

 

IF YOU GET FREE EXPERT LEGAL HELP YOU WILL BEAT YOUR LANDLORD! IT’S URGENT YOU GET HELP! DO IT, DON’T BE SHY!

Don’t Be Afraid Of “Causing Trouble” Because in Canada You Are Safe!

Fight back and don’t worry.

Canada is a nation of laws and you have lots of rights as a Tenant…including free legal help. The laws are on your side and you will only be evicted if you don’t get legal help.

Every Tenant In Ontario Gets Free Legal Help To Defeat Your Landlord!

The Only Way You “Lose” Is By Being Shy And Weak Instead of FIGHTING FOR YOUR TENANT RIGHTS!

WE DIDN’T GET FREE LEGAL HELP, WE DIDN’T TAKE ACTION, NOW WE ARE DYING! WHY DIDN’T WE GET A FREE LAWYER TO PROTECT US?

Don’t be shy and use the system to protect you and your family!

Be aggressive because you have strong legal rights so fight back and be confident and not weak! And you can get free expert legal help and your landlord must pay for legal help!

Some landlords are not even agreeing to payment plans and instead are trying to destroy our lives! They want to kick tenants on to the street with our families.

Of course some landlords are good and have offered us fair payment plans but many just want us out, on the street, begging for money, our children possibly abducted and trafficked in Epstein style sex crime’s (like in Haiti).

Families on the street with young children are vulnerable for “child trafficking”. This means you are so vulnerable and your 2 year old could suddenly vanish to Epstein Island…and the landlords doesn’t care at all.

Here’s the secret to how you can win….JUST DO IT! USE THE SYSTEM TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY OR HIT THE STREETS, BE HOMELESS, FACE DISASTER!

GET FREE LEGAL HELP…YES FREE TO BEAT YOUR LANDLORD! YOU SIT BACK AND LET YOUR FREE LAWYER EXPERT DEFEAT YOUR SMALL LANDLORD WHO HAS NO IDEA OF THE LAW!