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Official Landlords Submission To The Ontario Government

Saturday, May 18th, 2019

 

Add Your Voice To Our Submission To Premier Doug Ford And The Ministry To Make Important Changes To Protect Landlords!

The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is having a key consultation with stake-holders on how to create more high quality housing in our province. Making it “easier” to be an Ontario landlord is an important part of the consultation. 

The Ontario Landlords Association is submitting what will be a game-changing submission on changes small landlords need to be successful. 

We ask our members to share your ideas and experiences for our submission by taking our survey.  

For more detailed debate and discussion please post in our Private Members Forum (for verified landlords only). Also, if members want to attend preparatory meetings and the consultations join the discussion in the Private Members Forum.

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How To Get Landlords To Rent To You

Friday, March 29th, 2019

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

As part of our “Let’s Improve the Ontario Rental Industry” we have invited landlords and 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.

With Vacancy Rates So Low Tenants Have To Do Whatever It Takes To Find A Home

First of all I want to make it clear there are a lot of great landlords out there.  I’m not part of the majority of tenants who think all landlords are ripping us off and making money out of thin air. 

My parents rented some rooms in our house when times were tough in the 1990s recession. I know what they went through with people being noisy late and night and not always washing their dishes daily. It was tough on my Mom and Dad but they needed the money.

Most landlords are like my parents. Friendly and law-abiding.

Bad Landlords Out There Are Taking Advantage Of The Rental Shortage

As someone who was looking for a place to live this year it was shocking to find there are landlords who didn’t have the ethics of my parents. 

When I went to see an apartment many landlords demanded a ridiculous amount of personal information about me for a simple credit check.

(Which I have reported these landlords to the Privacy Commissioner and the landlords are being investigated as you read this, as are the companies involved). 

Not only that but many demanded a lot of rent up front in order to rent to me.

Some wanted 3 or 4 months of rent, but most wanted a 6 months or even a year! Some landlords even wanted 2 or 3 years!

Others wanted a deposit of 1 – 6 months equivalent rent in case I made “damages” LOL! What did they expect me to do? Blow up the building?!

We Are In The Middle Of A Housing Crisis

The rental scene really unfair for people looking to rent.  A recent VICE article was really helpful and illustrated how unfair it is for people simply looking for a home.

Vacancy rates in Toronto are under two percent. This is the worst it’s been in nearly twenty years. The average monthly rent for a tiny one-bedroom apartment is $2,200/month.

Jump Doggy, Jump

Landlords are making tenants jump through hoops and part of these hoops is illegal behaviour.  VICE reported a new immigrant was required to pay 3 years up front to rent some dump in Scarborough. That’s right, “Scarberia!”

Landlords Cannot Demand A Damage Deposit Or Months Of Rent Up-Front. It’s Illegal!

Ontario landlords cannot charge you any type of “damage” or “Security” deposit. Nothing, Nada, Zippo.

Landlords can only ask for “first and last”. This is payment for the first month of rent and for the last month of rent you are staying the property. The “last” is only for your last month living there.

This “last month” cannot be used for anything other than last month rent according to the Residential Tenancies Act.

I Refused To Pay Multiple Months Of Rent Up-Front And A Damage Deposit

Not only did I refuse I told the landlords they were undertaking an illegal act, I educated them.

I told the landlords I met to sit down and I made sure to lecture them not only about how they were undertaking criminal acts, they also were lapsing morally and ethically.

Was I being strident refusing to leave before getting my point across?

Was I being aggressive in making the landlords read the Residential Tenancies Act in my handouts? 

Sure.

But we are nation of laws and we must educate and uphold these laws as part of our democracy.

Nice People Finish Last

What was the result from my honest and ethical stand?

No one rented to me.

Simply because I demanded the landlords followed the LAW I was shunned. I was an outcast. I was without a home when a high paying I.T. job was about to start.

I Had To Be More Sneaky Than The Sneaky Landlords I Was Dealing With

There is a saying “When in Rome Do What The Romans Do.”  I realized the Ontario rental market if full of law breakers (not everyone, but many). My honesty and demanding the laws be followed were mocked at by these landlords.

I Made A Difficult Decision To Adapt And Get My New Home No Matter What It Took

I needed a place.

I needed a place near public transportation and at the lowest rent possible. I tried to be up front and honest and the landlords spat in my face!

Here’s What I Did – I Used Their Own Greed To Work Against Them

I decided to agree with landlords who wanted 6 months of rent up front.  I would say things such as:

“Yes, I agree you landlords need to protect yourself from all the bad tenants out there.” 

“It’s only natural you need 6 months of rent upfront after you worked so hard to buy this apartment.”

“It’s crazy the law says you can’t charge me a damage deposit”

The landlords were super happy to hear this and I was instantly treated with respect and put on the top of their list!

I Pushed It To The Limit!

Since I had gone over to the ‘Dark Side’ as these landlords had I decided ‘hey, if you go to the Dark Side you might as well go all the way!’ Darth Vader style.

So if the landlord said they wanted 6 months of rent up-front I said “why not a year?” 

So if the landlord wanted a 1 month damage deposit I said “why not 3 months?”

So if the landlord demanded post-dated checks I said “why don’t I pay cash?”

Sure I was lying but they were asking for illegal things so it was okay.

The Replies Poured In…Everyone Wanted To Rent To Me (and on long-term leases!)

All the talk of credit checks, reference checks, etc. went out the window.  The texts rolled in and so did the emails. 

Some landlords were so exited they called me and wanted to sign a lease right away!

Got The Best Apartment And A Discount On Rent

From being the ugly loser I was suddenly treated like a virgin princess ready to put out.  I had my choice of properties and played several landlords off against each other to find the best apartment at the best price.

Since I was willing to pay the money up-front and the deposit I managed to negotiate a lower rent.

All they really wanted was a big huge stack of money in their hands.

After I Signed The Lease And Moved In I Filed At the Landlord and Tenant Board And Got All My Money Back!

It’s very easy to file at the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board and get all your money back!

The LTB form is called the T1. 

You can read about it here!

After I moved in I filed at the LTB.  It was easy and simple. 

Avoid Landlord Texts And Calls (And Record Them As Harassment)

After I filed the texts came flying “oh, you agreed” the landlord whined like little bitches from hell who got caught by a righteous and good person (me) who used their evil Luciferian greed against them.

The messages in my mailbox:

“You are a cheater” and after a few days “we will kick you out.”

It all hilarious because this was just adding my ability to punish these illegal landlords at the LTB.

LTB Hearing Took 15 Minutes To Get My Money Back

I spoke with Legal Aid at the LTB Hearing room. This is really, really helpful. And it’s free!

This is free legal help for tenants and they were with me as I made my case. 

Very nice people and they are often on a first name basis with the adjudicator/judge at the LTB so you get instant credibility.

EASY WIN TO GET ALL THE MONEY BACK 

I also made sure the adjudicator was aware of the threats and harassment from the landlord and the landlord was fined.

The landlord was also warned against harassing me further and to stop demanding illegal money.

TENANTS MUST BE AS SNEAKY AS THE BAD LL’S ARE TO SURVIVE

In this era of super low vacancy rates the bad landlords are possessed with greed and acting unlawful. 

Since they are so sneaky tenants need to be sneaky.

I hope my story will help all the great tenants out there find great rental properties. I’m in a great apartment at a low rent and got all my money back. The landlord is also scared of me because they know I’m a pro and they were already warned by the Landlord Tenant Board judge! 

Good landlords have nothing to worry about and thank you for being legal.

Toronto Star – Join A Group Such As The Ontario Landlords Association To Avoid Bad Tenants

Sunday, September 9th, 2018

Toronto Star Ontario Landlords Use Credit Checks To Avoid Bad Tenants

Toronto Star – “Join a group such as the Ontario Landlords Association  where after becoming a member, you can do a credit check for as low as $10, and use their supporting materials to assist you.”

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You Can Help Fix The Ontario Residential Tenancies Act & The Landlord And Tenant Board!

Friday, June 8th, 2018

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With a New Government That Will Make Ontario “Open for Business” We Urgently Need to Fix the Landlord and Tenant Board and Repair the Broken Ontario Residential Tenancies Act

The Ontario Landlords Association And Our Members Communicate With Key PC Leaders (Including the New Premier) And Will Be Making A Submission for URGENT Changes to Help Small Landlords!

For the more than the past decade Ontario landlords have been forced to follow the “bad-tenant friendly” rules of the Ontario Residential Tenancies Act and the Landlord and Tenant Board.

Why “bad-tenant friendly?”

Because the laws in Ontario not only do not protect landlords, they do not protect good tenants. It has been far too easy for bad tenants to manipulate the system and rip off hard working people who have invested in rental properties in Ontario. It’s also easy for these same bad tenants to cause problems with others renting in the unit and the current laws give the landlord few powers to do anything about it.

Many terrific landlords have been burned and has given up being landlords in Ontario. Many have decided stocks, bond, or investing in Florida or Arizona rental properties are much safer ways to invest wisely.

Many new landlords are shocked to find we cannot charge a damage deposit in Ontario. Or when they find tenants can live in your property for months and not pay rent. Or learn that it is super easy for tenants to break a lease with bad behaviour.

A New Government That Is “Business Friendly” and Listens to People Who Are On the “Front Lines”

On June 7th the voters of Ontario gave a massive majority to the PC party under the leadership of Doug Ford. Many of our senior OLA members know Premier Ford and people who will be in his cabinet as well as other MPPs…and we’ve known them for years. Our members helped many PC candidates get elected on June 7th by volunteering, putting up signs, working hard on social media, and getting out the vote. We played a role in many ridings that went “Blue”, especially in the 905.

Our landlord community members are aware of the challenges we face and some of them were even around in 2010 when the Ontario Landlords Association lobbied for Ontario Landlords to be able to charge a damage deposit!

(We worked hard on this but the Liberals and NDP voted us down saying landlords would abuse damage deposits.  The Liberals and NDP were so arrogant they would not even consider anything that might anger their tenant voters or sound “landlord-friendly”.)

We Have An Opportunity To Fix The System

The Ontario Landlords Association is a community of landlords across the province. We are the “people” who make up the industry.  We are all small landlords ourselves not ‘talking heads’ who have never had to deal with a late rent payment, tenant vs tenant drama or worse in their properties. We rely on filling our units and getting rent paid (on time) every month.

We are very confident the new Ontario government understands the concerns of small landlords and will make sure to work with us to “fix the system” to help small landlords, good tenants, and assist in motivating thousands of people to invest in rental properties in Ontario.

Bad Tenants Are Now Legally Allowed To Abuse The System

The current system in Ontario is simply broken. Not only broken, but it is “seriously broken” and biased against small landlords and we are often bullied, disrespected and subject to a circus at the Landlord and Tenant Board.

It’s become pretty common for tenants to leave behind damages. As this Ottawa landlord experienced, with no damage deposit and slow evictions some tenants can trash your investment leaving you with tens of thousands of dollars in losses.

Or you get professional tenants who know how to manipulate landlords and then end up staying without paying rent for months.

The Ontario Residential Tenancies Act Needs Changes…Lots of Changes!

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Many new landlords are not aware that the Ontario Residential Tenancies Act is the law that covers our industry.  Let’s work together to change the laws and make them fair for landlords.

With fair laws, more people will invest and become landlords and it’s a “win-win” situation for both good landlords and good tenants. Now the laws are simply unfair.

The Ontario Landlord And Tenant Board Must Be Totally Revamped Or Replaced

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Experienced landlords who have been to the LTB call it the “eviction delay machine.”  Tenants can easily work together with their free government provided legal representatives to delay evictions and play the system. 

Many people who have been to the Board say some adjudicators are biased and unfair and have some type of ideological hatred towards small landlords who provide safe, affordable housing for tenants. We even had one of our members get told “you should just let your tenant stay rent free for the next two months or we can bring up maintenance claims… after all no house is ‘perfect’ so be smart.”

Other landlords call the LTB a “Kangaroo Court”.

One of our members had a judge lecture him about the need to protect tenants, even if they don’t pay rent.  And then “off the record” said his rental properties must have appreciated a lot, how many do you own in the area?

The LTB needs to be revamped…or replaced!

Should we fire all the adjudicators, legal aid reps and replace the Landlord and Tenant Board with something better? What do you think?

We Need Your Help To Fix The Residential Tenancies Act and To Revamp, or Replace, the Landlord and Tenant Board

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We want your help in fixing the Ontario landlord/tenant system.  After 15 years of abuse, things need to change.

For 15 years the tenant activists have been in charge of things leading to unfair rules that has led to so many hard working investors losing thousands of dollars.  And these unfair rules do not only lead to financial disaster, but to stress, sleepless nights and even family problems.

Have Your Say – Submissions to the New Provincial Ford Government

We need your input and opinions. Let us know your ideas and experiences and it will get to the premier and his cabinet, we can assure you of that. 

Our new pro-business, pro-growth, pro-fairness government wants to make sure more people invest in rental properties in Ontario. This will lead to more choices for tenants, lower vacancy rates, and a win-win situation for good landlords and good tenants.

Please provide your ideas and experiences by emailing us at:

Landlordtenantsolutions@groupmail.com

Please make sure to comment on the following

(1) What Protections Would You Need To Invest in More Rental Properties in Ontario?

(2) Should Tax Payers Fund Free Legal Representation at the LTB For All Tenants (even wealthy tenants)?

(3) Would Be Able To Charge a Damage Deposit Help Your Rental Business?

(4) How Much Do You Need To Raise the Rent Each Year to Cover Your Expenses?

(5) When A Lease Ends Should Tenants Still Be Able To Automatically Stay as Monthly Tenants?

(6) Should the N4 Which Currently Give Tenants 14 days to Pay Go to 7 Days or 3 Days Or 24 Hours?

(7) Should We Have To Pay 1 Month Of Rent Just to Move In to Our Own Properties?

(8) Would An Eviction Notice of 24 Hours to Move for Serious Abuse/Damages Protect You and Your Rental?

(9) Should Tenants Have To Disclose Maintenance Issues And Pay Rent In Full Before Any Hearing?

(10) What Should The Laws Be For Marijuana and Rental Properties?

It’s time for Change and You Can Help Us Make It Happen!

Our Landlord Community Are the Hard Working Folks Who have Risked Money and Put in Our Time and Energy To Create Great Rental Properties in Ontario!

We Have Been Mistreated For Years With Anti-Landlord Policies Allow Bad Tenants To Walk All Over Us!  We Need You To Help Us Make Huge Changes To Improve the Ontario Rental Industry!

Ontario Landlords Need To Be Protected – The Current System Just Isn’t Fair!

Monday, December 4th, 2017

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Ontario Landlords Speak Out and Share Their Concerns and Opinions on the Rental Industry

As part of our “Let’s Improve the Ontario Rental Industry” we have invited landlords and 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.

The Rental Fairness Act Isn’t Fair For Landlords – Ontario Small Landlords Need More Protection

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Tens of thousands of small landlords emailed in as part of our drive to create a way for landlords and tenants to communicate with each other to find positive common ground. While there are some unethical landlords out there, by far the vast majority of us try our best to be excellent landlords with attractive, well-maintained rentals.

The vast majority of small Ontario landlords play by the rules and care for our tenants and our properties.

The Ontario Rules Do Not Protect Small Landlords And This Isn’t Fair

One of the most common themes in all the replies was that while landlords want to learn and follow the rules those same rules often don’t adequately protect small landlords.

This means landlords who make sure they do everything according to the Residential Tenancies Act and the Landlord and Tenant Board still find themselves in very difficult situations stemming from bad tenants. These bad situations often mean losing thousands of dollars.

However it also goes beyond just financial losses.

Under the existing system landlords experiencing incredible stress, worry and sleepless nights when they are just using the system in place and following the rules. This isn’t right and this isn’t fair.

Good people making huge investments in our province need to be protected and must not be subjected to tenants who can easily manipulate the rules to cause harm and huge financial losses. Recently there was a good media story of a tenant who created a fake credit report to trick landlords into renting to him. He then ripped off his landlords and also cheated other tenants. He is now wanted by the police.

Let’s Protect Good Tenants, But We Also Need to Protect Good Landlords

Most of our small landlord members were renting themselves not that long ago. We are the working class looking to support our retirements and hopefully get some cash flow as a return on our investments. Many of us rented as students at Ontario universities and colleges and many others rented while beginning their careers.

We support protections for tenants, but we need to also protect good landlords. Currently things are simply not balanced.

What Happened To The Changes To Encourage More People To Invest in Rental Properties?

It was only a year or so ago that that landlords were asked to present needed changes to the Ministry. The request was for current landlords to suggest new policy ideas to help them succeed, and this would in turn encourage more people to become landlords in Ontario.

It was a good idea as with a better, fairer system more people would invest in rental properties and this would lead to more choices for tenants and more affordable rental housing in Ontario.

Our landlord members were not worried about increased competition from new landlords and investors. In fact, they were very enthusiastic and excited about getting changes that are desperately needed to help landlords continue to even run existing rentals. With a better system and more protections, landlords could better deal with bad tenants who abuse the system.

More Protections for Ontario Tenants But What About Fairness for Small Landlords?

When the Rental Fairness Act was announced in April many landlords were excited and expected to hear about new protections for small landlords. An Ottawa landlord organized an online event and many our members networked and watched the news conference on the Premier’s YouTube channel.

After the news conference good Ontario landlords were extremely disappointed, and many were upset.

For while there were many changes designed to help tenants, there was little to help small landlords. No one objected to helping good tenants but wasn’t the goal to encourage more great people to invest and create a lot more amazing rental properties?

A Toronto Landlord asked: “Why are the concerns of small landlords ignored as we are key stake-holders in Ontario and important rental housing providers!?”

Some of the major challenges Ontario landlords are facing include:

Evicting for Smoking

Dealing with tenants who smoke, and have this smoke bother other tenants, has been a problem for many small landlords for years. With new laws regarding marijuana this issue is just going to become larger and we need to find a solution.

Creating a New System to Help Landlords and Tenants with Pets

Our landlord members love pets and many have pets of their own. However, we need a way to make sure tenants take care of their pets and don’t damage the rental property. 

Ontario Landlords Association members suggested we create a voluntary “pet deposit”. Tenants with pets would pay a deposit to protect the small landlord from any damages from the pets (and they do happen). When the tenants move out they will get the deposit back if there aren’t any big damages. If their aren’t any pet damages and the landlord doesn’t give the deposit back the tenant can take pictures, file at the LTB, and get the deposit back.

Making the Rent Increase Guideline More Fair For Service Oriented Small Landlords

With even newer rental properties covered by the rent increase guideline (which is only 1.8% in 2018) we need a way to make sure the guideline covers the true cost increases landlords face.

Making the Landlord and Tenant Board More Efficient and Effective

When landlords have problems with renters in their properties we have to go to the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) to seek justice and fix the problems. While most LTB staff are hard working and professional, the way the LTB is designed needs to be improved.

-We cannot continue to have landlords waiting for weeks or even months to even get a Hearing date.

-We cannot continue to have tenants ‘ambushing’ landlords with maintenance claims at the Hearing.

-We need the Enforcement Office to enforce LTB evictions in a time sensitive way, meaning days not weeks or months 

This is just the start of issues that need to be addressed.

Closing Loopholes Exploited By Bad Tenants

We need to make sure the Landlord and Tenant Board process is fair and end loopholes that delay evictions. Some unethical tenants can delay being evicted for months.

The Rules For Small Landlords Need To Change

Small landlords are not huge corporations, massive REITS with stockholders and millions of dollars available from investors from all over the country and around the world.

Small Ontario landlords are working people who believe in the future of our province and have invested their hard-earned savings into Ontario rentals hoping for a better future. Many landlords are newcomers to Canada who want to run successful rental businesses as part of their contributions to their new country.

Ontario Landlords and Tenants Speak Out: “I Wish The Rental Fairness Act Was Fair For Landlords!”

We have asked many of the landlords who emailed in to expand on their concerns and stories of challenges they have faced owning rental properties in Ontario. We have also asked Ontario tenants who wrote in the same thing and look forward to posting their opinions and ideas.

By working together we can create a better, fairer Ontario rental industry that helps both good landlords and good tenants.

The current system just isn’t fair for small Ontario Landlords and that’s not fair

We need changes to be made to protect small landlords or we will see a big drop in investment and less high quality and affordable rental properties. We aren’t huge corporations who can put up ads near Queen’s Park and hold golf tournaments and invite Brian Mulroney to sip champagne with us…we are too busy working and taking care of our rental properties.

Who are small landlords?

We are teachers, contractors, electricians, firefighters, police officers, nurses, doctors, lawyers, Realtors…we are the people of Ontario. And we have been treated unfairly for too long.

Small landlords need support as we truly are important stake-holders in Ontario and need to be protected as the current system simply isn’t fair.