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How You Can Avoid Evictions…Never, Ever, Agree To A “Payment Plan” Directly With Your Landlord (It’s a trap!)Saturday, August 15th, 2020
The Ford Government Has Created An Evil Secret “Loophole” For Landlords To Steal Your Legal Rights And Get You And Your Family Evicted “Under The Table”!
“My Landlord Said We Could Just Work Out A Payment Plan Together and Avoid All The Paperwork Of Going To The Landlord And Tenant Board. It Sounds Fair And Easy. The Landlord Is Being Very Nice To Me Asking Me To Sign It…Should I?”
Don’t Do It!
The evil corporate landlord written Bill 184 has passed. It was written by the corporate landlord lobby group and the government keeps trying to pathetically spin it and avoid the real changes that hurt tenants.
The Ontario Landlord and Tenant is now open to begin mass evictions!
The Minister of Housing wrote an article in the Toronto Sun admitting that due to Covid-19 there was a backlog of cases now that the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) waas going to re-open.
This “backlog” will mean it will take months and months for your landlord to get a Hearing date.
What Happens If You Refuse A Payment Plan And Demand A Hearing?
Your landlord might will have to wait until 2021 to get a Hearing date (and can’t evict you even if you don’t pay rent!) You win and your landlord loses!
All tenants are protected when you go to an official Hearing at the Landlord and Tenant Board! You are not protected if you don’t go.
Why Tenants Should Always Demand Your Right To Hearing At the LTB?
You get free legal help and professional government mediators (for payment plans) and adjudicators (judges). They make sure landlords do not bully, intimidate or use ‘dirty tactics.
Government Helping Bad Landlords “Trick Tenants” And Bypass The LTB Without Tenants Knowing!
Instead of working with tenants to help us the Ford government brought forth Bill 184 which is pro-landlord and a fascist attack on Tenants and tramples on our legal rights.
These new laws allow landlords to try to trick tenants to by-pass a real legal hearing at the Landlord and Tenant Board so you give up your legal rights!
Why Is This New Law Dangerous for Tenants?
The new law allows landlords to get you to sign a payment plan without the protection of the LTB!
The ‘spin’ by Ford is:
(1) The landlord has to file it with the LTB and it must be accepted …but they will all be accepted!
(2) Tenants can fight the payment plan…but your time is limited and we are renters not lawyers (like the ones the landlords hire!) The Ford gov’t is not clearly explaining the options tenant have, because they want low income tenants kicked out and homeless
And if you are late for even a little bit of money the landlord can evict you immediately! You have NO LEGAL RIGHTS AND WILL GET KICKED OUT.
What Happens If I Just Sign A Payment Plan With My Landlord Directly (Instead of going to an LTB Hearing?)
Again: you lose all your legal protections.
If you agree to create a “payment plan” directly your landlord gets all the power.
Like we wrote, if you need a change of the payment plan your landlord can skip the legal process and evict you without you being able to defend yourself if you don’t act quickly and be an expert at “legalese”!
Tenants Have a Legal Right To A Hearing At the LTB (“a real court date”), Free Legal Help, And A Professional Fair Mediator!
The government wants tenants to void our right to an LTB Hearing in order to help landlords get quick, easy evictions because they didn’t hire enough adjudicators and want to trick tenants.
The government hates the fact that tenants have the legal right to defend ourselves. This means they have to pay for more adjudicators and they don’t get the psychotic enjoyment of seeing families dumped into shelters during a global pandemic.
But they are so afraid of bad media and bad publicity they are trying to say “oh tenants can have a hearing date” but landlords can pressure you to sign a payment plan directly with them and then evict you without your chance to defend yourself.
Don’t Give Up Your Legal Rights!
(a) Avoid any attempts by your landlord to go to a mediated “payment plan” meeting with just you and the landlord. Just don’t do it. If your landlord wants a payment plan (and you want one) wait for your LTB hearing where you will get legal help and professional, unbiased government mediator to help you make a ‘good’ deal.
(b) Remember even if you want a payment plan, you can get it at your legal LTB Hearing (where you have a strong voice) and don’t need to do it directly with your landlord
(c) If your landlord wants to make a payment plan tell them want one too, but you want it down at the LTB! Put this in an email or in writing.
ALWAYS DEMAND TO GO TO THE LTB WHERE YOU ARE PROTECTED AND HAVE LEGAL RIGHTS IN CANADA!
Signing A Payment Plan Directly With Your Landlord And Not At The Landlord and Tenant Board Takes This Power Away From You!
These will take months for landlords to get, maybe up to a year or more. That is not your problem that is the governments problem for not having more adjudicators.
1. Every Tenant Has The Right To A Hearing At the Landlord and Tenant Board – Which Is Professional And Fair And Protects You
Unlike this USA style stabbing tenants in the face “payment plan” garbage, a real hearing at the Landlord and Tenant Board protects your Tenant Rights.
The Landlord and Tenant Board is very serious and professional. It’s a real court that will allow you to explain why you couldn’t pay and it’s highly unlikely you will be evicted as long as you have a good excuse.
2. Every Tenant Has the Right To Free Legal Help At Your Hearing
If you go to your Hearing at the LTB you can get free legal help from government paid for lawyers and paralegals. They can help you beat your landlord!
3. Every Tenant Has the Right To Negotiate In Front Of a Trained And Fair Government Mediator
Never negotiate directly with your landlord. Get the government involved! At your LTB Hearing you can attempt to negotiation a payment plan with your landlord…but you have a government “referee” to help guide you and make sure you know what you are signing and to make sure it’s fair!
Don’t Fall For Ford’s Tricks To Help His Donors (Big Landlords)
Ford and his cronies are slaves to the corporate landlords. They have changed the law just to cull and destroy tenants quickly (like hamburger).
Don’t fall for Ford’s tricks.
-SAY NO TO DIRECT PAYMENT PLANS WITH YOUR LANDLORD!
-SAY YES TO WORKING THINGS OUT AT THE LANDLORD AND TENANT BOARD WHERE BOTH LANDLORDS AND TENANTS HAVE A FAIR AND HONEST COURT WITH A JUDGE AND TENANTS GET A FREE LAWYER!
…Your hearing might be in 2021 and you don’t have to pay rent and your landlord can’t evict you.
..if you demand for a REAL LANDLORD AND TENANT HEARING AND DON’T GET TRICKED INTO SIGNING A SLEAZY “PAYMENT PLAN” DIRECTLY WITH YOUR LANDLORD SO THEY CAN EVICT YOU FAST AND TAKE AWAY YOUR RIGHTS.
Ontario Tenants Are Facing Evictions…But You Can Win As Knowledge IS Power!
Never, ever sign an agreement directly with your landlord. If they want to make a payment plan tell them you want an LTB hearing and you will negotiate at the LTB hearing with a professional government negotiator and tenants get free legal help!
After A Painfully Long Wait The Landlord & Tenant Board Is Open
Many small landlords have felt incredibly frustrated and rightfully angry as the Landlord and Tenant Board was closed for most cases such as non-payment of rent.
Most of us have full time or part time jobs that help us survive. Like others, we too suffered job losses, no school for our children, lock-downs and were worried about our loved ones being safe.
We also had our rental properties to deal with.
Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board Is Open
Here are the rules for the opening.
As of August 1st, 2020 the Landlord and Tenant Board Will:
(1) Begin to issue eviction orders that are already pending
(2) The LTB will begin to issue consent eviction orders that are based on tenants and landlords deciding to settle issues with an agreement.
(3) LTB will remain hearing ‘urgent’ matters that are related to health and safety issues that have already been scheduled.
(4) Begin to schedule hearings for non-urgent evictions.
(5) Start non-urgent hearings starting in the middle of August and into autumn.
As the LTB gradually re-opens it says it will make their services stronger:
(1) They will begin holding hearings by phone, video software and in writing
(2) The LTB is encouraging tenants and landlords to try to reach a settlement before applying for a hearing
(3) Using what are called “Case Management Hearings” for applications that don’t include rent owed
(4) Hiring and training more adjudicators
We will be watching what happens and encourage our members to share your feedback with us that we will share with the LTB and the Ministry.
Got Questions? Need Help?
With all the changes happening and after months of chaos we are here to help.
We have thousands of members and many very experienced and successful. This is why we exist…to help small landlords and get our message heard.
So instead of just complaining to each other about how unfair things are, or listening to people who aren’t successful, our members work to come up with winning landlord solutions.
And unlike people who don’t even own rental properties, we’ve got ‘skin in the game’ and find real world solutions because our incomes depend on it.
All for a one time registration fee that includes huge discounts on key services.
The Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board is Finally Re-Opening!
Make Sure You Know The Ropes And Run A Successful Rental Business By Running Credit Checks, Criminal Checks and Having A Network Of Successful Landlords On “Your Team”!
With So Many Problems From A Small Group of Bad Tenants Out There More Landlords Are Using Criminal Checks to Protect Their Rental Properties…And Now You Can Too For a Discounted Price!
Ontario landlords are excited about how many great tenants are out there. These are tenants who pay their rent on time and respect both the rental property and their landlord in a mature and professional manner.
Many Ontario landlords have faced problems with their tenants during the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s now more important than ever to protect yourself and your property!
Take Your Tenant Screening System To A Higher Level (Not Just Credit Checks, Social Media and References)
It’s time to make sure you run criminal background checks on your potential tenants. And you can now do so with our Protection membership.
The Ontario Landlords Association has brought forth a revolution in tenant screening over the past decade.
Experienced and successful landlords in our community were the ones who educated others on the importance of screening your tenants very carefully. Before we came along there was very little talk about landlord issues and few Ontario landlords even knew they could run credit checks on tenants (and why they should run them).
With so many good people looking for a place to ‘call home’ and rent from you, it is essential that small landlords avoid the professional tenants out there.
These professional tenants know how to manipulate the system and can lead small landlords to not only sleepless nights, but to financial ruin.
Professional Tenants Hurt Good Tenants, Not Only Their Landlord
These types of people who make leave huge damages and owed rent behind not only hurt the landlord, it hurts good tenants who are looking for a nice rental property. Landlords who face huge financial losses often leave the industry. Or they will raise rents to help pay for the repair costs.
Sadly, we continue to see some landlords not being careful and being ripped off by these professional tenants.
Windsor Landlords Fed Up With Bad Tenants Now Looking At Criminal Checks As Part Of Their Tenant Screening System
After dealing with unpaid rent, destroyed rental apartments and a long process to even try to get paid money that is owed some Windsor landlords are saying they will make their tenant screening system even tighter.
According to a CBC report a property manager has had enough of professional tenants causing huge financial hardship on small landlords.
Huge Challenges For Ontario Landlords
Already small landlords aren’t making huge profits and many are just breaking even (and some even cash-flow negative).
So if you aren’t super careful and rent to a tenant who doesn’t pay rent, causes damages, or causes problems with the landlord or other tenants in the property it can lead to huge headaches.
Tenant Leaves Behind Huge, Expensive Damages
The Windsor property manager said one of the biggest problems he faces it from renters who leave behind huge messes to clean up.
Tenant Was a Drug Addict, Leaving 200 Syringes In the Rental
When one Windsor tenant moved out he made sure to leave a mess behind. This time it was more then two hundred syringes all over the floors.