Let’s Make Sure Every Landlord In Ontario Follows The Human Rights Code And Doesn’t Discriminate
Many Ontario landlords were surprised to read a story in the Toronto Star about a tenant applicant who was being discriminated against.
This was an applicant most experienced and successful landlords would consider to potentially be an ideal tenant…someone we all want to rent from us.
She had a strong financial history (with good credit and a good job). She was established with good references.
However, she found herself being regularly refused by landlords because, she believes, strictly due to her race.
It was not only surprising but also shocking because our members are aware of the Human Rights Code and follow it.
Ontario Landlords Association Defends Small Landlords
A member of the Ontario Landlords Association was in the Toronto Star story defending all the good landlords out there. The member explained:
“We educate our members on the laws and rules in Ontario. We also educate landlords on what ‘really matters’ when screening (such as a credit and reference check, conversations with the tenants, etc.)”
“We teach you should never turn away a qualified tenant applicant because of their race, place of birth or beliefs.”
In our Ontario landlord forum one landlord commented on the Star story:
“You would have to be nuts to not rent to qualified applicants no matter where they are from or what they look like. These must be very inexperienced landlords and they won’t last.”
Another member said – “This makes us all look bad! I’m angry at these landlords! Learn the law!”
Ontario Landlords Association Members Follow The Rules
Our province-wide landlord community wants to fix the system to help good landlords, good tenants and increase the rental supply in Ontario.
This is the reason our province-wide community organization started over a decade ago…to improve the rental industry for both good landlords and good tenants.