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‘It’s one less house for people in need’: Collingwood landlord selling after being left with unpaid bills

Thursday, October 14th, 2021

Simcoe.com News: “The Ontario Landlords Association has lobbied the provincial government extremely hard during the pandemic to protect small mom-and-pop landlords,” he said.

“The good news is the (province) and the Landlord and Tenant Board are well aware of the issue due to our daily lobbying of MPPs and other officials.”

It’s a reality we are hearing across Ontario. Good small landlords who play by the rules and rent out high quality rental properties keep getting ripped off.

This leads to these high quality landlords to say “enough is enough” which leads to less quality housing around province.”

Landlord Al Truscott Is No Longer Going To Be A Housing Provider In Ontario

After 50 years of renting out properties, the retired Collingwood Collegiate teacher is selling out after a tenant left him shouldering a $1,900 water bill.

Truscott said he had no idea the bill was in arrears until he saw the envelope containing the invoice taped to the door of the unit.

The rules are just too unfair.
Tenants Kept Abusing The System And Not Paying Bills Or Rent

At one time, Truscott said, he had four properties he rented out. He started selling off his properties three years ago after a tenant skipped out on $3,000 in unpaid rent.

Along with a bill, he said, he also had to truck out three trailer loads of garbage, as well as furniture the former tenant had left in the front yard.

Truscott wonders why the Town of Collingwood didn’t give him the head’s up that the arrears were piling up.

“Otherwise,” he told Simcoe.com, “I would have dealt with it.” But no one did!

Collingwood’s treasurer Monica Quinlan said the municipality is bound by privacy legislation, and can’t notify a landlord until a disconnection notice has been served.

Too Many Small Landlords Are Getting Ripped Off And Moving On

A long-time member of the Ontario Landlords Association, said his organization has made the province and the Landlord and Tenant Board aware of the challenges many small landlords face when tenants leave behind debts or property damage.

“The Ontario Landlords Association has lobbied the provincial government extremely hard during the pandemic to protect small mom-and-pop landlords,” he said. “The good news is the (province) and the Landlord and Tenant Board are well aware of the issue due to our daily lobbying of MPPs and other officials.”

While a tenant has up to a year after vacating a property to file a grievance at the Landlord and Tenant Board, he said, a landlord has to try to track down a former tenant and go to small claims court to recover any losses.

Hopefully, changes coming to the Residential Tenancies Act will allow a landlord to avoid the small claims court process, and file against tenants who owe debts, such as a water bill, at the Landlord and Tenant Board.

“Our goal is to help both good landlords and good tenants succeed in a fair system.”

Quinlan said the town is working with Epcor to include an application for an agreement between the landlord and tenant that states the town would be entitled to communicate with the landlord on arrears.

“We have put forward many new processes to ensure that landlords are fully aware of their responsibilities with respect to water, including monthly letters that are issued to educate potential landlords as well as updates to the website and information in our tax bill insert,” she said.

A landlord can also keep the water portion of the utility bill in his or her name, as the water part of the bill follows the property (the electricity portion follows the customer).

“Water is a self-sustaining system, meaning it is not a ‘for-profit’ business — so if arrears do not get paid essentially it impacts all users,” she said.

Truscott is hoping to sit down with municipal staff to discuss the situation.

“I Am Only Renting From Fully Vaccinated Landlords And You Need To Do It Too!”

Wednesday, September 1st, 2021

If Landlords Want My Money I Need To Make Sure The Property AND The Landlord Is Safe!

I Need To See Proof Of Vaccination Before I Sign The Lease & Pay The Landlords Mortgage So They Get Rich!

This is just my opinion but it’s right and everyone should follow my advice to protect yourself and your loved ones. Never back down!

Landlords need tenants more than we need them. This is especially true for small landlords who are often only able to pay their mortgage for their condo, duplex, or single family home if they get rent from us.

If we don’t pay, or the unit is empty they will face bankruptcy fast! Small landlords are over-leveraged and NEED our rent money to survive.

This is how the system really works: tenants struggle and work long hours every day just to pay the rent/mortgage for landlords who borrowed from a bank (often with dubious help from brokers and fake pay stubs) and need to pay the bank every month!

Tenants Pay Money And Demand Safe Homes…Including Safe Landlords!

Smart tenants will only pay our hard earned money to landlords who have safe properties. We want to make units are legal, units that have smoke detectors, rental properties that are clean and with up to date furnaces and window.

In This Horrible Pandemic You Need To Make Sure Your Landlord Is Safe

Times have changed. In years past making sure your rental property was safe was enough.

It’s not enough anymore.

When you rent from a small landlord you will have lots of “interactions”.

In fact, many small landlords are control freaks and will enter your property without legal notice! Who know what they touch and do when you are not in your home.

They often don’t follow the law and many small landlords like “face to face” confrontations to bully tenants. Even if you demand a working fridge or stove they want to come over and try to convince you “don’t really need a fridge or stove.”

This means the landlord can infect you and your family and you can all die!

And even if you are few days late in paying your pound of flesh, errrr, I mean “rent” they will freak out and come over and knock on the doors screaming.

Protect Yourself From C0vid19 Spreading Landlords!

Ontario has mandated covid vaccine passports for people to enter bars, theatres, sporting events, and restaurants.

Demand Your Potential Landlord Show Proof Of Double Dose Vaccines Before You Rent From Them…Demand To See Their Covid Vaccine Passport!

There are lots of rental properties on the market. Good tenants can pick and choose which ones you like.

Landlords need your money. They just act proud but they NEED YOU!

Make sure to protect you and your family by demanding proof of being double-dosed with the Covid vaccines to protect you and your loved ones!

Good Landlords Will Have Proof Of Vaccine (Double-Dosed And All New Boosters)

The good landlords you want to rent to will 100% agree with this. They will understand your concerns and provide proof of full vaccination.

These are landlords who respect you, society and themselves.

Tenants Only Rent From Landlords Who Can Prove They Are Fully Vaccinated

With so many choices, only rent from landlords who care about protecting you and your family.

“Pay your rent to me even I infect you & your children pay me!”

Many Small Landlords Are Anti-Vaxxers

Don’t let a landlord who is taking your money breath their deadly disease on to you and your family! Think about your children!

Never rent from those who won’t prove it, as you and your family’s lives are at stake!

Spread this on social media so every tenant will reward good vaccinated landlords and punish those who are too selfish to do so!

We Threatened To Give A Bad Review On “Good Neighbour” And My Slumlord Backed Down On His Threat To My Family!

Friday, May 7th, 2021

Tenants now have a great service to fight back against bad landlords and help good landlords

My Slumlord Threatened To Report Us! We Threatened To Report Them To GOOD NEIGHBOUR & The Slumlord Backed Down!

 GOOD NEIGHBOUR Protects Good Tenants And Good Landlords

Report, Report, Report!

My partner and I have been living in an apartment for the past year+ and we only rented here because it was available and we needed a place asap.

We were too innocent and thought that there were legal standards for landlords in Ontario. We thought that whatever place we rented would be safe and the landlord would be licensed like taxi drivers and hot dog stands and have professional standards.

Damn It Were We Ever Wrong!

We soon found out that there are no standards for landlords.

There is no landlord licensing meaning anyone can become a “small landlord” with no tests or making sure they understand the law! This means lots of fraudsters and those with CRIMINAL RECORDS can become a ‘small landlord!”

How Easy Is It To Become A Small Landlord?

-They can have criminal records, the government doesn’t care!

-They can have huge fines from the Landlord and Tenant Board and Small Claims Court and there are no consequences.

-They can use shifty services and think they are safe using them.

It gets even worse.

I found that many small landlords have lots of properties and many have almost no income except the rent they get!

This is especially true of real estate agents who have lots of properties but don’t even sell a house in a year!

They can have committed mortgage fraud just to buy the rental. They use a shady mortgage broker and fake income and get the mortgage and are suddenly a “landlord” due to fraud.

This is how they make their money!

Our Story

We trusted landlords to be honest and transparent and rented a property after a quick walk through.

We thought a face to face great chat and a handshake was enough to find a good landlords.

The Property Was Unsafe

As soon as we moved in we found what looked good during our quick “covid” walk through was just a sham! There was black mould in the shower, the stove has only 1 burner working and several light switches didn’t even work!

We Demanded Our Home Be Safe

We brought all this up with the landlord who told us “DEAL WITH IT, LIFE IS TOUGH!”

She said you signed the lease and now “F*CK OFF” and follow it!

Instead of Protecting Us Our Landlord Threatened Us

 

We Fought Back Thanks To “GOOD NEIGHBOUR”!

Landlords have secret illegal bad tenant lists and are promising defamatory ways to “kick the asses” of Tenants these companies are not even really helping landlords, but they appeal to landlords’

We Had Our GOOD NEIGHBOUR Reporting To Fight Back!

History! Tenants and Landlord Fight…And Tenant Shoots Landlord With An Amazing Victory!

Our Landlord Backed Down…WE WON!

As expected, these uneducated non-licensed fools always fold when they GET PUNCHED IN THE FACE!

Why GOOD NEIGHBOUR Is The Best Service for Tenants To Fight Back!

GOOD NEIGHBOUR Protects Tenants And Needs Our Support.

It also helps good landlords!

Let’s make sure this new service goes Canada-wide and become a KEY PLAYER for protecting tenants

REPORT YOUR LANDLORD TO GOOD NEIGHBOUR TODAY AND GAIN POWER!!!

Thursday, April 8th, 2021

April 8, 2021

TO:                 Ontario Landlord Association Stakeholders

FROM:           Karen Restoule, Associate Chair

RE:                 Expedited Enforcement of Eviction Orders

On April 8, 2021, the Government of Ontario issued Ontario Regulation 266/21 made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

This regulation states that the Court Enforcement Office (Sheriff) cannot enforce any Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) eviction order unless the order asks the Sheriff to expedite the enforcement.  The Sheriff can resume enforcing all eviction orders after the Government of Ontario removes the regulation.

The LTB is continuing to hold hearings for all types of applications and issue orders, including orders for evictions. This will help ensure that tenants and landlords seeking resolution from the LTB are provided access to justice with minimal service delays.

The purpose of this memo is to provide information on when an eviction order issued by the LTB may include a request to the Sheriff to expedite enforcement.

Section 84 of the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 (“RTA”) says that the LTB must include such a request to the Sheriff in the order where the tenant is being evicted for certain types of very serious conduct, and the adjudicator has not delayed the enforcement date pursuant to section 83(1)(b) of the RTA. The grounds for eviction in section 84 are:

  • Willfully damaging the rental unit
  • Using the unit in a way which is inconsistent with residential use and caused, or is likely to cause, significant damage
  • Committing an illegal act in the unit involving the production or trafficking of illegal drugs
  • Seriously impairing someone’s safety
  • Substantially interfering with the landlord’s reasonable enjoyment – in cases where the landlord and tenant live in the same building and the building has three or fewer residential units

If a landlord believes that an eviction order should include a request to the Sheriff to expedite enforcement, but the application is not based on any of the grounds contained in section 84 of the RTA, the landlord may raise this issue during the hearing. The adjudicator may consider whether the tenant is responsible for an urgent problem such as a serious and ongoing health or safety issue at the residential complex or a serious illegal act that occurred at the residential complex. The tenant will have the opportunity to make submissions on this issue if they are at the hearing.

If the hearing for the landlord’s eviction application has already been completed but the order has not been issued, the landlord may contact the LTB to ask the adjudicator who held the hearing to consider adding to the order a request to the Sheriff to expedite enforcement of eviction. Landlords can submit a request to expedite enforcement of the eviction by fax, mail or email. The tenant will have an opportunity to make submissions on this issue.

Eviction orders that have already been issued can only be changed if the order contains a serious error or a clerical mistake. If a landlord believes that an order contains a serious error, the landlord may file a request to review the order. If the landlord believes that the order contains a clerical mistake, the landlord may file a request to amend the order. More information on this process is available on the Application and Hearing Process page of our website.

We remain committed to updating you about operational planning and we are appreciative of your patience and cooperation as we continue to adjust our operations in response to the ongoing pandemic.

If you have any questions, please contact us at LTB@ontario.ca.

Sincerely,

[Original signed by]              [Original signed by]

Karen Restoule                    Lynn Dicaire

Associate Chair                    Registrar

The Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) is working towards implementing Zoom’s videoconference platform to conduct proceedings

Sunday, March 7th, 2021

The Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) is working hard to improve the process for small landlords to have access to justice.

The Ontario Landlords Association has explained to the LTB that most of our thousands of members across Ontario are familiar with Zoom for online meetings and not MS products.

We explained that instead of using Microsoft (MS) products, changing over to Zoom would create a space that most small landlords will be familiar with and be more confident using.

March 5, 2021

TO: Ontario Landlords Association Stakeholders

FROM: Karen Restoule, Associate Chair, Lynn Dicaire, Registrar

RE: Zoom Demonstration

The Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) is working towards implementing Zoom’s videoconference platform to conduct proceedings.

Before implementation, we are engaging with stakeholders to obtain feedback to inform our plans to rollout the platform for all proceedings.

We are pleased to invite you to attend a Zoom demonstration session on one of the following days next week.

Please log into the session using the Zoom link provided next to each date.

Note that each session will be the same and you should only attend
one.

– Wednesday, March 10, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Please log in using
this Zoom link: https://ca01web.zoom.us/j/64404762691

– Thursday, March 11, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Please log in using
this Zoom link: https://ca01web.zoom.us/j/67414728067

The LTB values your experience and perspective and we welcome your input on our proposed changes to our processes. We are making this transition to better meet the needs of those who access our services. As we move forward, we will provide more updates in the coming weeks.

We hope you will participate in this session.

Sincerely,

Karen Restoule                         Lynn Dicaire
Associate Chair                         Registrar