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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.

Tenants Are Preparing A MASSIVE Class Action Lawsuit Because Tenants Are Being Treated Unfairly, LTB Is A Puppet Of Landlords, We Need To Be Compensated For The Lies of March 2020!

Friday, July 30th, 2021

Tenants Were Provided with Bad Faith Advice From Ford In March 2020! The LTB and Landlords Have Abused This Bad Faith Advice To Trample Tenant Rights!

We Will Be Compensated By Both Ford And The Landlords Who Have Used This Bad Faith To Evict Tenants And Destroyed Lives!

Call To Action TENANTS!

We have been reaching out to Tenants to explain to them how to really handle bad landlords for maximum winning. Protests and “uniting together” physically is useful but not the ultimate nuclear bomb we need.

Landlords can just hire security, wait us out, and use our rent money to hire people to harass us.

You need to hit landlords in what is the only thing they care about: their money and their feeling they are superior and untouchable!

And how do you do it?

Make them pay fees and make them personally responsible!

You file a class action lawsuit against the owners of your rental building!

Stop feeling intimidated, stop being depressed, and fight back and win! Yes, you have power they don’t want you to know you have!

Be aggressive and put your landlord/building owner on the Stand in Court where they cannot lie or they will have a criminal charge of perjury! This is their nightmare!

Time For Justice! We Will Now Stop Begging For Fairness And Put The Ontario Government and The Landlord and Tenant Board On Trial!

In March 2020 Premier Doug Ford said tenants don’t have to pay rent if they can’t afford to.

Now, over a year later, tenants are being evicted just for following the order from Premier Ford.

He set us up.

He lied.

All so-called landlord claims will lose as the situation now is worse for Tenants than ever before

The key step that showed their actions was deleting all the “LTB interpretations” on the LTB website…meaning all former interpretations of the rules at the LTB were “vanished” and replaced with pro-landlord pablum!

Meanwhile the LTB continued to grovel to the powerful landlord interests. It so not only pathetic, it shows the LTB has become biased against Tenants since the pandemic began!

This is unfair and unacceptable! And we will prove in in the courts!

Tenants across Ontario are working with legal aid clinics to provide strategic assistance and to deliver a notice letter to The Province of Ontario pertaining to compensation for the financial losses of TENANTS and to make immediate changes to the unfair Residential Tenancies Act failing which legal action will be contemplated to provide fairness to TENANTS.

Fundraising for the legal costs begins SOON.

TENANTS have suffered immense and unpublicized losses due to the Government’s unilateral decision to close the LTB and clog the redress process by banning Tenant legal complaints about harassment, abuse, and lack of maintaining our homes.

All this unilaterally decided by the Government without any compensation to TENANTS.

The Government has repeatedly said  “We remain committed to providing fair, effective and timely access to justice”.

For TENANTS, it hasn’t been fair, it hasn’t been effective and there certainly hasn’t been timely access to justice.

TENANTS are seeking restitution and compensation for millions in rental losses due to no fault of their own retroactive to March 1, 2020.

Tenants Are Being Evicted Without Fair Process

Contract law is not being adhered to and this reflects a direct bias to us.

Additionally, we are not afforded the same legal rights as other contract holders, access to justice or access to the criminal laws. No other category is denied these rights.

No person can enter a grocery store and get kicked out just because it can take a couple of minutes to pull our debit cards.

Once COVID hit and the Provincial Government placed a moratorium on evictions, TENANTS faced extreme financial hardship.

The Government released a financial package for every group impacted by the pandemic: commercial landlords, students, big corporations, airlines, NGOs, unemployed, farmers, non profits, artists, civil servants etc….BUT NOT TENANTS!

Doug Ford Lied And The Landlord Tenant Board Is Trampling On Tenant Rights

NO COMPENSATION WAS PROVIDED FOR TENANTS AFTER PREMIER FORD SAID WE DON’T HAVE TO PAY RENT!

And the messaging from our Ontario Premier, very early into the pandemic, was that if rent could not be paid then the tenant would not need to pay the rent owed and the Provincial Government would not make these same tenants face eviction.

This was a lie and this lie has cause billions of dollars in damages and lives destroyed!

The LTB was already being investigated by the Ombudsman of Ontario, due to the increasingly lengthy delays in Tenants obtaining a hearing for anything from damages to property, non payment of rent, illegal activities in the rental property, etc.

But this failed.

We need your financial support. This is a call to action. It’s time to stop the bias towards TENANTS.

Tenants have reached out to legal clinics to provide strategic assistance to The Province of Ontario pertaining to compensation for the financial losses of TENANTSW and to make immediate changes to the RTA failing which legal action will be contemplated to provide fairness to TENANTS.
The funds will be used in an attempt to resolve the following concerns:
  • – compensation for TENANT arrears
  • – immediate changes to the residential tenancy act to help TENANTS
  • – a public online database of LANDLORD rental history
  • – prosecute repeat LANDLORD offenders
  • – grant more powers to the police for disputes at rental properties

If you are wondering what a class action lawsuit is, you’re not alone.

Class action lawsuits tend to be highly complex, and they require an experienced lawyer at the helm. The actual definition of a class action, though, is fairly simple: in a class action, a person or group of people sues on behalf of a large group of people who all suffered the same legal injury.

For example, someone could file a class action suit on behalf of everyone who:

  • Was billed for the same unauthorized charges
  • Saw the same false ads before paying for a product or service
  • Bought the same defective product
  • Suffered losses from investing in the same security
  • Paid too much for a product or service because of the same anticompetitive conduct

The person who starts the lawsuit is called the named plaintiff or class representative. The people proposed to be represented are called the class members. Class action lawsuits typically include hundreds or thousands of class members.

If you are having problems with a company—whether it’s a website, a company you invested in, or even your employer OR YOUR LANDLORD—many other people may be having the same problems.

In these situations, a class action suit is often the best solution because it can allow many people across the country to benefit from a single lawsuit. It also empowers individuals who may otherwise lack a means of speaking out to stand up against a powerful company in court.

Any injured person can initiate a class action suit, but specific requirements apply. Below we outline the class action requirements and what you can expect as a class member or a class representative.

This is a call to action. It’s time to stop the bias and unfair government attacks on TENANTS. 
It’s time Tenants put Ford, Clark and the LTB on the stand, under oath, to seek the Truth!
We will win!

The Landlord and Tenant Board Listened To The OLA To Help & Protect Good Landlords and Tenants

Friday, June 11th, 2021

The LTB Has Changed The Law To Ensure Fair LTB Hearings

Over recent months some individuals and some organized groups have attempted to disrupt Landlord and Tenant Board Hearings in an obtrusive manner.

This included recording Hearings, posting recordings online and harassing landlords and adjudicators.

Many small Ontario landlords who have had a Hearing have commented that these disruptions severely interfered with integrity and fairness of the LTB proceedings.

As important stake-holders we reached out to the LTB with a fair and strong message, as we have done for over a decade.

Our recommended changes have now been made into law!

It’s important to note that this amendment does not restrict or change the ability of members of the public to observe hearings. So it’s fair.

Observers are not permitted to disrupt the hearing in any way, and the LTB has the authority to issue directions or orders necessary to control the hearing process.

The OLA is happy our advice have been made into law and actions have been taken to protect both good landlords and good tenants.

It’s also stopped bad people from both sides from obstructing justice.

 

DATE:            June 8, 2021

TO:                 Ontario Landlord Association Stakeholders

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

RE:                 SPPA Amendments

The Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) is committed to delivering administrative justice in a manner that is transparent, fair, independent, and accessible in accordance with the open court principle.

As you may know, there have been incidents of individuals and some organized groups recording LTB hearings without permission and posting the recordings on social media.

Effective June 3, 2021, a new section 29 has been added to the Statutory Powers Procedure Act making it an offence to record or publish a tribunal hearing unless an exception applies. Exceptions include unobtrusive recordings made by a party, representative or member of the media if authorized by the tribunal. The amendment was included in the Ontario government’s Supporting Recovery and Competitiveness Act, 2021.

This provision is similar to restrictions on recording court proceedings contained in the Courts of Justice Act. This amendment will help Tribunals Ontario ensure the integrity and fairness of its proceedings.

It’s important to note that this amendment does not restrict or change the ability of members of the public to observe hearings. LTB hearings are open to the public, unless an LTB adjudicator has determined that a specific hearing should be closed to the public in accordance with the LTB Rules of Procedure.  Observers are not permitted to disrupt the hearing in any way, and the LTB has the authority to issue directions or orders necessary to control the hearing process.

Sincerely,

Karen Restoule                    Lynn Dicaire

Associate Chair                    Registrar

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,

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Karen Restoule                    Lynn Dicaire

Associate Chair                    Registrar