Keeping Ontario Landlords Informed: Tenants who are the victims of sexual and domestic violence can now end their tenancy in 28 days
Successful Ontario landlords know the importance of following the rules and laws for running a successful rental businesses. We also know to follow the rules you need to be aware of them.
Sometimes that can be a challenge. Most small residential Ontario landlords have full-time jobs. Our members aren’t large corporations with full-time staff and stocks and bonds.
We have members who are nurses, teachers, Toronto fire-fighters, carpenters, plumbers, professional athletes (including some famous ones), lawyers, doctors, electricians, full time Mums and Dads, receptionists, dentists, and investors who don’t even live in Canada (but have invested a lot of money, hired property managers and created terrific rentals.)
With such busy lives it can be hard to keep track of changes that are important for our professional and service-oriented landlords.
This is another way the OLA helps out because we reach a huge audience of small landlords across Ontario and let them know about important changes. For example, we still have Mississauga landlords thanking us for letting them know about the changes to the landlord licensing system in that city.
At first glance the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) can look very complicated and even intimidating. The reality is the RTA is complicated and can be a bit scary for new landlords (and even for some vets).
Over the years we’ve had thousands of small residential landlords from across the province contact us for help and assistance.
This is one of the reasons why the OLA has been asking the government to improve the Residential Tenancies Act to help small landlords and encourage more investment in rental properties in Ontario.
The RTA Has Changed in 2016
There has been a change in the RTA recently. It’s a change to help victims of sexual and domestic violence be able to escape bad situations.
Many of our landlord members were tenants at one point in our lives. Or they have relatives or friends who rent now. They recognize this is a positive changes to help tenants in trouble and our membership agrees with helping tenants who are honestly in abusive and dangerous situations.
Our members want to rent out high quality, legal rental units, to all the good tenants out there and be great landlords. We encourage rule changes, to help good tenants and to help good landlords.
New Notice Allows Victims of Sexual and Domestic Violence To End Tenancy in 28 Days
There has been a change is section 47.1 of the Residential Tenancies Act. Tenants who are the victims of sexual or domestic violence can now end their tenancy in just 28 days if they think they or a child living with them might be harmed or even injured if they don’t get out of the rental property.
Tenants in this type of situation can give notice at any time during the duration of their tenants.In order to do this the tenant must give the landlord 2 documents.
(a) Tenants Notice to End Tenancy because of Fear of Sexual or Domestic Violence and Abuse (Form N15)
Landlords (and all the tenants who read here) can get more information here.
(b) Tenant’s Statement about Sexual or Domestic Violence and Abuse.
Landlords and tenants can get more information here.
(c) Court Order
Tenants can also give the landlord a copy of the court order. For example, they can give you a copy of a peace bond or a restraining order).
Successful Ontario Landlords Know The Rules and Follow Them
Make sure you are aware and follow the laws and rules for landlords in Ontario. We encourage and welcome changes to help tenants. We also want to encourage some changes to help all the good landlords in this province.
The OLA is the voice of small residential landlords so if you have any ideas for change to your business and encourage other to invest in rentals in Ontario please let us know and we will present it to the Ministry.
We all have the goal to create rules and procedures that promotes and protects both good tenants and good landlords and improves the residential rental industry in Ontario.
Let’s continue to make positive and important changes to the Residential Tenancies Act and the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board for both tenants and small residential landlords.