Posts Tagged ‘Ontario Landlord News’

Tenant Ordered To Pay Her Former Ontario Landlord For Locking Him Out

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

March 24th, 2013

Tenant from hell ordered to pay Ontario Landlord

With So Many Great Tenants Out There, Make Sure You Learn The Skills Needed To Find Them (and help them find you!)

The Toronto Star has continued to report on the saga of aTenant From Hell which began in 2011. At long last it looks like the saga has finally ended for the landlords involved.

You might remember this, as the Ontario Landlords Association has followed this story closely.

We were there from the very beginning when a small landlord reached out for help all the way to the “Tenant From Hell” finally being evicted from the house of her last landlord and then moving out.

According to the Star story in February Nina Willis was found guilty of changing the locks on a house she rented and blocking her landlord from entering the home.

The Crown Prosecutor noted Willis didn’t even show up and a message was needed to be sent to discourage the types of things Willis had done.

She was convicted of:

1. 2 counts of of obstructing the landlord’s right to enter the rental unit

2. 1 count of changing the lock without her landlord’s consent.

At the conclusion of the trial the Justice of the Peace, Rhonda Roffey, ordered Nina Willis to pay $2,750. This amount must be paid within the next 6 months.

Don’t Let This Happen To You

Several of the landlord victims who suffered through this ordeal wanted to protect themselves (and never have this happen again) and became Ontario Landlord Association members.

Proper tenant screening is a must for Ontario landlords. There are lots of great tenants out there and you need to help them find you.

How Do You Find Them?

Learn how to attract the best tenants to your rental property.

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How Do I Make Sure I Rent to Great Tenants?

Tenant screening is key. Learn the questions must ask and the things you must do to find your perfect tenant.

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Knowledge is the key to avoid bad tenants and find great ones. Learn what questions you need to ask and things you need to do to find great tenants.

It’s up to you. The Ontario Landlords Association offers you the tools you need to succeed.

To discuss this and other issues facing Ontario landlords go to the largest landlord forum in Canada.

Ontario landlord news: politics and rent increases

Friday, September 30th, 2011

“If Re-Elected, a Liberal Government will make Rent Increases Lower”

October 1, 2011

Ontario  landlords faced a historically low allowable rent increase of only 0.7% for 2011 despite facing huge new costs due to the HST.  As inflation rose, the 2012 allowable rent increase is 3.1%, which is still lower than provinces such as British Columbia.

Where do the parties stand on allowable increases?  The Liberals are clear: they will create a formula specifically designed to lower any any future increases.

Dr. Eric Hoskins and the Ontario Liberals have an unmatched record of standing up for and protecting tenants. 

When he got news of the 2012 Rent Increase Guideline, Eric wrote to the Minister of Housing asking for his assurance that if re-elected, our Liberal government will fix the legislation governing the rent increase, and make that increase lower.

The Minister of Housing replied saying that when the Legislature returns in the fall, our Liberal government, if re-elected, will make amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act to bring the rent increase in line with what tenants are facing in the real world

To read the original story, click here

To read the letter from the Minister of Housing, click here

To discuss this on the Ontario Landlord forums, click here

When kindness doesn’t pay (Reflections and Analysis)

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

It’s over now.  Some advice for new landlords in Ontario

September 3, 2011

The house has now been sold.  I couldn’t be happier. This whole experience has only made me stronger!  I’m better than ever before and feeling great!  What a great learning lesson.

It’s just not worth it to be a landlord in Ontario in 2011 with the current McGuinty Liberal government in power.  Bad tenants are not only enabled, they are encouraged to create havoc for the landlord.

Looking back and reflecting, I hope I can offer some good advice to new landlords.

We have had many OW/ODSP tenants in the past, and still have some as a matter of fact.

We have had some good welfare tenants, but generally they make for bad tenants….here is why……

1. they are ungarnishable- their welfare cheques are protected from being garnished

2. welfare tenants have too much control over their cheques even though they have a caseworker of the big problems is that case workers move around in their departments….so if a welfare tenant who has a pay-direct arrangement in place because they are irresponsible in paying their bills, they can have the pay-direct arangement stopped with one phone call…now perhaps if they had the same case worker who knew about their spotted history, it wouldnt be so easy to stop the pay-direct chq but a new case worker may not have this info

4. the tenants we just had thumbed their nose at the law in every way they possibly could ie. unpaid parking tickets and traffic offenses, unpaid utility bills, and being known to cops for unlawful behaviour (it is very sad when you have an initial conversation with a police officer and they say “oh yeah I know T…”)

5. if you do a credit rating and it comes up ZERO- then pass on this person….sorry to say this because it wrecks things for those who dont yet have a credit rating…but a zero is as bad as a 500-600 score

6. the old saying “no good deed goes unpunished” is very true in the rental business…some of these people become very good actors….perhaps they get a rush when they suck people dry

7. listen to your gut feeling- if you get a bad sense BEFORE they move in- then cancel the contract- give them their money back- dont let them in because as a landlord in Ontario, you truly have NO protection

8. a landlord in Ontario has all cards stacked against them, we have the OHRC looking to stick it to us, we have tenant activist groups looking to stick it to us, and we have ill-informed, biased politicians looking to stick it to us SO the key is be ultra careful in renting to anyone- take your time- dont let any tenant pressure you into making a decision….it is very hard to lose a months rent by letting a unit sit vacant, but if necessary do it until you feel comfortable about letting someone in….

9. if possible try to see the unit they are living in before they take your place because a credit check doesn’t screen for cleanliness

10.  bottom line- these are our properties that we worked very hard to obtain- do not ever let any tenant, tenant activist, politician, LTB tribunal Member tell you what you can or cannot do…research things yourself, become a member of and be aware of who might be coming in and out of your property- NO one else cares except you!

Discuss this in the Landlord Politics forum here

Ontario Landlord News: Do renters need insurance?

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

The Ontario Landlords Association recommends it!

August 11, 2011



The Toronto Stars article asks: should renters get insurance? 

It’s clear many renters feel content insurance is not only low on their list of priorities, it’s something many think they can do without.

In fact, according to the Insurance Bureau of Canada, about half of all renters don’t even have insurance, especially young people

April Stewart of Landlord Legal says tenants can be evicted for not having insurance.  However, depending on who the adjudicator is, as there is little consistency in decisions.

Stuart Henderson of the Ontario Landlords Association for small business landlords says many landlords educate tenants about the benefits of content insurance.

Henderson insists it’s a good investment at a low cost. Premiums are typically based on the value of the contents.  They can range from $100 to $500 per year.

Read the Toronto Stars Moneyville article here

Discuss this on the Ontario Landlords Advice forums here