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.”
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.”
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!
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
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
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:
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 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
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.
The Ontario Landlords Association Wants The System To Be Improved For Small Residential Landlords. A Better System Will Lead To More Investment and Better High Quality, Affordable Housing For Tenants!
According to a report by CBC News called Ontario mulls changes to rental rules, prompting concern from tenants groups the Ontario Liberal government wants to make it easier for small residential landlords to evict problem tenants.
After listening to small landlords and far-reaching and passionate landlord groups such as the Ontario Landlords Association and our hard working members, the government realizes there is a need to improve the system to help small landlords. This will lead to more investment, more rentals and more affordable housing in the province.
Premier Kathleen Wynne is a former Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister. At that time, the Premier made it clear to the Ontario Landlords Association the Ministry took our concerns seriously. The Ministry wants to help both good landlords and good tenants by making the rules fair which would lead to more high quality rental units (and more investment by professional, service-oriented residential landlords).
On Monday, March 14th, 2016 the government announced the details of an important update to the Ontario Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy.
This updated strategy would be both bold and transformative to support the challenge of chronic homelessness in Ontario within a decade. As part of the update, the government has floated some proposals to improve the Residential Tenancies Act and improve the law and rules.
These proposed changes are very important to help small residential landlords in Ontario succeed and to encourage more investment in the residential rental sector in Ontario. Some of the ideas proposed include:
1. Eviction for Smoking
Tenants can be evicted if they smoke in a “smoke free building”.
Landlords will be able to prohibit pets in their rental units if the landlord lives in the same building.
3. Fixing the Rent Increase Guideline
The government proposes to examine whether or not the Rent Increase Guideline accurately calculates the true costs for landlords in a given year. The system for BC landlords is something to look at carefully.
The Ontario Landlords Association has made the government aware of these and other important issues for small residential landlords. Your voice has been heard.
Also in the report the current Minister for Municipal Affairs and Housing, Ted McMeekin, stated the Liberal government is still in the phase of getting more ideas. The goal is to encourage more small residential landlords to invest in rental properties and to rent out part of their properties.
Let’s Improve the Residential Tenancies Act
The Ontario Landlords has voiced the concerns of small residential landlords in Ontario to both the government and the media regarding the problems in the Residential Tenancies Act. Our tens of thousands of landlord members in every corner of Ontario know things need to change and welcome the provincial government also seeing this need.
We Have Lots Of Recommendations How To Improve the Rules For Ontario Landlords!
The Ontario Landlords Association has sent our proposed changes to the government. These proposals are from our members who want to create a better system in Ontario to help good landlords invest in and run safe, affordable rentals for tenants.
Send Your Experiences, Suggestions and Ideas to Us
The Ontario Landlords Association wants to hear from YOU!
Tell us about your experiences as a small landlord and your suggestions and ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s make it happen, together
By making important changes to the Residential Tenancies Act and the Landlord and Tenant Board, both landlords and tenants will helped. Some groups want to create a “landlord vs. tenant” system. This is what we have now and it hurts both parties.
Let’s make Ontario a world leader in encouraging excellent, safe, affordable housing. Together we are strong.
Ontario Landlords – Make Sure You Rent To Great Tenants (And Avoid Nightmare Tenants) With Good Tenant Screening, Including a Credit Check!
The story in the Toronto Star last Friday was shocking for many residential landlords across Ontario.
It was about a person the Toronto Star calls a “Tenant from Hell” who is facing being evicted from her Scarborough rental property.
It’s brought a lot of discussion at the Ontario Landlords forum.
Nina Willis is in the process of appealing a Landlord and Tenant Board decision ordering her to either pay rent on time or move out of the rental property she is staying in
The original Landlord and Tenant Board Order told her she had to move by March 2014.
However, she is “appealing” the Order which means she can delay the eviction (and avoid paying rent) for more months until she gets her say in the next court.
She has done this is each of her previous cases. It’s an easy way for tenants to continue to stay in a rental property and live “rent free” for months.
This isn’t the first time the Toronto Star has reported on this tenant and her tactics to rip off small landlords.
The Star says this is the 7th case of Nina Willis being evicted since 2005.
The Ontario Landlords association has also written about this “Tenant From Hell” in the past to warn landlords.
At least seven different landlords who have been cheated out of rent and dragged through the tribunal system. A system that can be expensive, time-consuming and extremely stressful.
Nina’s current Scarborough landlord won’t even talk to the media as they try to evict Nina from their rental property.
Why Do Landlords Rent To Bad Tenants?
No landlord wants to rent to bad tenants.
The worst tenants (meaning tenants who have a plan to rip off small landlords from Day 1 are often very crafty.
For example, Willis will do an Academy Award worthy performance when she first meets a potential landlord.
Bad tenants will be exceptionally friendly when they first meet you.
They will appear to be really “decent people” who will convince you they will pay rent on time and take care of your rental property like it is their own home.
It’s only when you rent to them that you begin to see their true face.
You won’t believe how they change as they accuse you of neglecting maintenance issues and even harassing them.
How Can I Find Good Tenants and Avoid the Bad Ones?
One of Nina’s former landlords is now an OLA member and is very careful to screen her tenants to avoid “tenants from hell.”
One of the best tenant screening tools is a credit check.
Check out the Ontario Landlord Credit Check site for more information on the importance of doing credit checks on tenants. This site was created to help Ontario landlords learn how to find good tenants and avoid tenants from Hell.
How Can a Tenant Credit Check Help Landlords?
Conducting a tenant credit check will give you the essential information you need to know about a potential renter before you rent to them.
This isn’t only important for Ontario landlords, but also key for Alberta landlords and British Columbia landlords who are also facing challenges.
How Can Tenant Credit Checks Help Me Avoid Tenants From Hell?
That’s an excellent question. After all, small landlords are often on tight budgets and conducting a credit check is an extra expense.
Let’s take a closer look at how a tenant credit check can help Ontario landlords find good tenants and avoid tenants from hell.
#1 Current and Past Addresses
A credit check from the Ontario Landlords Association will show you the current and past addresses of your potential tenant.
You don’t have to ‘trust’ what the tenant tells you. You can see the FACTS on the credit report.
You can then make sure you talk to the REAL current and previous landlords and learn the TRUTH about the tenant who wants to rent your rental property.
#2 Current and Past Employment
It’s very common for bad tenants to lie about their employment history.
They lie because they know landlords want to rent to tenants with stable jobs that provide enough income to cover the rent.
A tenant credit check from the Ontario Landlords Association will show you the REAL employment situation of the potential renter.
#3 Financial Responsibility
Bad tenants will smile and tell you they always pay their bills on time.
A tenant credit check will show you the TRUTH.
Do they pay their bills on time? Do they owe anyone money? Are there judgements against them? Are there any collection agencies after them?
Even British Columbia landlords are now recognizing the importance of credit checks as they face some serial bad tenants ripping off landlords in BC.
We often think of Alberta as the best place to own rental properties in Canada. Yet even Alberta landlords are conducting tenant credit checks to make sure they avoid pro tenants who can end up costing landlords tens of thousands of dollars.
How Can I Run a Credit Check On My Prospective Tenants?
In the past running a credit check was complicated and expensive.
Some of the landlord credit check companies out there add on all sorts of extra fees on you and have a complicated start up process.
As a small landlord, you want everything open and up-front.
You also want low fees and a fast and efficient system.
Join the Ontario Landlords Association
For only a one-time registration fee , Ontario landlords can get access to premium credit checks for only $10/check!
That’s right. No annual fee. Just a one-time registration fee.
You can then access premium credit checks foronly $10/check for credit checks that give you a credit score, addresses, employment and all the information you need to make a smart, informed decision on whether or not you will rent to a tenant.
You will even get a recommendation from the credit report.
Ontario Landlords – Bad Tenants Are Out There But You Can Protect Yourself!\
Become a Member of the Ontario Landlords Association and Get Premium Credit Checks For Only $10/check from your Home or Office Computer.
It Really Is the Landlord Deal of a Life Time!