Posts Tagged ‘Landlord and Tenant Board’

Don’t Raise Landlord and Tenant Board Filing Fees for Landlords!

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

April 13th, 2012

The 2012 Ontario Budget

During his budget, Liberal Finance Minister Dwight Duncan focused on repairing the debt problem the province of Ontario faces. Minister Duncan spoke about full cost recovery from fees charged from programs.

Tenant Activists Support More Fees for Landlords

Leading influential tenant activists have commented on the budget speech and have stated that if we have an austerity budget “everybody has to do their bit…how about landlords?”

Does this Mean More Fees for Small Landlords?

We have also received word, via emails sent in, social media, and posts on the Ontario Landlords Association forums, fees for Landlords to file at the Landlord and Tenant Board may be going up.

Enough is enough

It wasn’t long ago LTB filing fees were $150. They were then raised to $170 with little protest from landlords.

Times have Changed.  We will no longer be silent.

Any increase in LTB filing fees will not go unnoticed and silent as they did before. Already many small private residential landlords are struggling to keep above water with the long and arduous LTB process. Raising filing fees is unacceptable since few landlords can ever collect the fee back, even after winning at the LTB and getting an eviction.

Does the Government Value Small Private Residential Landlords?

If they do, not raising fees is a good first step.  The current rules are  “one size fits all legislation” which lumps small private residential landlords with large corporate landlords.

How Can the Government Promote Savings in the Landlord/Tenant Industry?

Let’s focus on making the eviction process more efficient! Rather than put more fees on Landlords, let’s have a meeting of all stake-holders and help the province save money with a more efficient and productive LTB.

The Landlord Tenant Act Favours Tenants

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

March 16th, 2012

 

Turner continues to describe situations he has faced as a small unit landlord:

As a small-unit landlord, I have been in similar circumstances. Several years ago I went through the proscribed eviction process for a deadbeat tenant. In the remarkably short time of three months, by the bureaucratic standards of the landlord-tenant board, I was able, with the help of a sheriff, to evict the tenant – but not before they damaged the apartment to the tune of $20,000, not including $4,000 in unpaid rent.

Turner explained landlords are just like small businesses, like any independent store.  Landlords provide living space in exchange for payment.  Landlords pay taxes and even support other local businesses like suppliers…just like other small businesses.

Turner goes on to explain if you go to any store, take an item without paying, the owner will call the police and the thief will be arrested!  This is the same as tenants moving in to a unit and not paying, yet tenants are offered special legal protections no one else gets!

He says the Residential Tenancies Act favors tenants over the landlord by a wide margin.  According to Turner, even if you receive an eviction notice from the Landlord and Tenant Board you still have to pay the Sheriff to enforce it.

 

 

My tenant hasn’t paid the rent on the 1st? What do experienced landlords do?

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

December 1st, 2011

 

It’s the nearing the first of the month.  You have a regular system with your tenant where you call them the day before and prepare a time to pick up the rent at the rental property.

For months, things worked well.   You always meet at the rental property.  Sometimes you set a time for 5 pm.  Sometimes you set a time for 6 pm.  One time you and your tenant were both running late so you set a time to meet at the front door at 7:45 pm!  It’s all good.

This time you call to set up a time to pick up rent and no one answers.

You think “I can’t reach my tenant to set up a time to pick up rent, it’s shouldn’t be a big problem.”

Or is it.  

You call a couple more times and no answer.  You leave a couple voice-mail messages requesting a call back.  

Nothing!

The First of the month comes.  No contact, no replies, no nothing…and no rent!

No rent and you still have to pay your mortgage.  You decide to go visit the property.  You knock on the door, ring the doorbell…no one answers.  You try back a few days later.  You think you see a light on, but still…no one answers.

You read the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board Website and see you can serve a form called an N-4 for non-payment of rent.

Should you fill it out and serve it?  You begin to remember how good your tenant has been for the past six months.  Is this a one off situation? You also begin to read the form N-4 and does it ever look serious and confrontational.  The form N-4 looks to want to create a fight!

You don’t want to fight.  You just want your rent.

So what should you do?  

Experienced landlords discuss this in a great thread at the Ontario Landlords Association advice forums HERE

What would you do?

The eviction process in Ontario

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

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May 2011 – Evictions, Landlord and Tenant Board

 

This is a true story of a straight forward eviction matter, that has officially qualified for the “nightmare” status we assign to our most memorable cases. (more…)

So Called Millionaire Tenant From Hell

Monday, April 18th, 2011

‘Millionaire’ tenant leaves trails of angry landlords

April 15, 2011

The Toronto Star has published a fascinating report on a tenant who claims to be a millionaire.  So why doesn’t he pay the rent?

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