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ONTARIO LANDLORDS: JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED

Friday, September 18th, 2020

 The Landlord And Tenant Board Is The Way To Legally Evict Non-Paying Tenants. But It’s Taking Months To Get A Hearing! This Just Isn’t Fair! 

Our members own rental properties all over the province. From the far north to the most southern parts of Ontario. From the largest cities to some of the smallest towns. From East to West.

From all over Ontario the message is clear: small landlords are not getting Hearing Dates at the Landlord and Tenant Board.  This is leading to many landlords facing extremely difficult circumstances.

Many landlords have waited for months to get a hearing as their tenants don’t pay rent. Some have been waiting since 2019!

Our OLA members realize that due to the pandemic we should expect some delays…but for months and months, or over a year? No way.

Many  Small Landlords Are Facing Bankruptcy Through No Fault Of Our Own!

Most of our members felt the some of the policies of the Wynne Liberals were not helpful and would lead to less investment (and higher vacancy rates). Our predictions came true.

However, at least Wynne funded the Landlord and Tenant Board and allowed landlords (and tenants) to “have our day in court” within a reasonable time frame.

Furthermore, Kathleen was always open to our calls and questions, as both Housing Minister and then Premier. She wasn’t afraid to explain her policies to us.

Kathleen reached out to the OLA and our members personally many times over the years to explain new goals, new policies ideas, and always wanted the feedback of OLA members (for example, we prevented “own use” applications being banned and explained how damaging it would be to control rent prices between tenancies).

Wynne was not a puppet for corporate landlords and was always there to have long discussions and listen the concerns of our members as well as from tenants.

Are You Still Waiting For Your Landlord And Tenant Board Hearing Date?

Let us know and we’ll make sure your voice is heard! All emailed information will be sent to the Premier and his staff directly. By sending it to us you agree to allow us to publish the information (names redacted).

Send us the following information to landlordvoices@activist.com (Names will be private):

-Your LTB Case Number

-How Long You have Been Waiting

-The Amount Of Money Owed To You

-Some Information On Your Case (Why You Need The Hearing)

-How Not Having Access To Justice Is Impacting You And Your Family

We Need Fairness For Landlords!  Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied!

Even the Wynne Liberals ensured landlords and tenants go our “day in court” in a  month or so.

Now landlords are facing months and months of delays while their tenants continue to not pay rent, make damages or harass their landlord or other tenants.

Good tenants have also written to us complaining their frustrations of long waits on maintenance and other claims.

This Is An Emergency

Small landlords aren’t afraid of the LTB…We need to be able to access it in a fair way and not have to wait for months on end to access our only avenue for justice!

We ask the Premier to “tune out” the landlord protestors and those landlords who aren’t professional and don’t have a real understanding of how government and industries work. They are not representative of 99.99% of the small landlords in Ontario and are embarrassing to us.

Most small “mom and pop” landlords are educated, worldly, and not reactionary with stock phrases demonizing tenants and promoting illegal acts whether it’s by signs or shady credit reporting that will lead to huge problems for those who do it. We were renters too and want to be the excellent landlord we never had.

Most small landlords are facing extreme financial challenges because they have no access to justice? What’s going on? Why is this happening?

Small landlords are running businesses and many voted to “Make Ontario Open For Business”.

Instead we are seeing a policy failure of historic proportions.

We Need Emergency Action To Get The Landlord and Tenant Board Running Efficiently As Soon As Possible

If not, many of our member will sell their rentals.

And even more will make sure they vote for a party that at least properly funds the Landlord and Tenant Board and runs it in a professional manner.

And a party that lives up to their campaign promises to small business people.

No Covid Evictions: How To Not Pay Rent And Win At Your Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) Hearing In The Future (up to 2 years of free rent)

Saturday, September 12th, 2020

Disclaimer: “This isn’t an attack on landlords. This is an attack on the system that got us here.”

“The Landlord Tenant Board is shut by Covid. When it opens again, the backlog will be biblical. The tenants will still be there, squatting, in a year. In fact, they can just stop paying rent.”

Former Canadian Minister of Finance (May 2020)

“What Happens Now The Landlord and Tenant Is Open? Will I Be Instantly Kicked Out Of My Home” (NO! DON’T WORRY!)

This is easy, you couldn’t safely pay during a world wide crisis and Premier Doug Ford said don’t pay….No offer of a payment plan…NO EVICTION!!

WHY TENANTS NOTHING TO FEAR! — How To Avoid Getting Evicted Now The Landlord Tenant Board Has Reopened?

My last post was a huge hit and so controversial! Telling the truth makes the bad landlords to cry. After all they just expect rent as a god given right.

The bad landlords attacks on me are very interesting. They are trying to bully me from educating tenants (and good landlords who can learn a lot too.)

This shows why it’s time to license landlords and demand proof of a bachelor degree and a criminal check as well as showing the deed and mortgage documentation. 

This is the real path for success for Tenants, not rent strikes.

I am just informing tenants of strategies that can be used in these super challenging times.

These landlords don’t want this published, they are afraid of the real laws. I guess they are real estate agents trying to shill “make money with rental properties.”

Just like a good prosecutor or defense attorney will not break the law, but figure out a way to use it, my post was not intended to do anything but protect tenants and keep people from becoming homeless through no fault of their own.

Rent Strikes Are Not A Good Option For ‘Small” Tenants

Many tenants in larger buildings are conducting “rent strikes.” That’s one choice for tenants, but in larger buildings tenants have strength in numbers.

It’s a lot easier when you have hundreds of other tenants supporting you.

It an be very different when you are alone, with loved ones, and dealing with a vicious landlord all by yourself.

You worry about your landlord and her thugs storming in while your baby is sleeping.

Or breaking down your door and assaulting you or one of your family members.

Or taking off our doors and windows leaving your babies to the harsh winds that are now here.

And some tenants worry even worry their landlords might go even further like a landlord who threatened to KILL his tenant and SELL his baby on the black market if rent wasn’t paid!

…It’s so scary I don’t even want to write about it, but some landlords are making threats (which need to be reported to law enforcement, call 911).

Landlords Are Excited And Think Mass Evictions Are Coming Soon – But This Won’t Happen If You Position Yourself Appropriately

“Fer sure we gonna get them so hard they can’t sit in the crapper fer months an we can grow the rental shocks!”

From social media it’s clear many landlords want money and even more want some type of revenge against hard working tenants just trying to survive during this deadly pandemic. This is shocking and frightening.

I’m going to make that family of seniors homeless and on the street!

Let’s Do A Deep Dive To Help Tenants (Tenants Must Learn)

First, remember it was conservative Premier Doug Ford who said tenants don’t have to pay the rent and will not be evicted. This was shocking to everyone including tenants. If landlords are angry about this they should be contacting Ford (who ignores most of them).

Ford said what he said and tenants followed what the leader of our province said to do.

What This Means For Tenants

It means make sure you print out the links I sent and show it at your LTB Hearing.

You have to be forceful and take control at the Landlord and Tenant Board because it’s even more amateurish than before. All the high quality people left!

Since Ford won all the smart and professional adjudicators resigned in disgust of how things were being handled.

At least McGuinty rightfully got rid of under-educated adjudicators who were just political appointments and didn’t even have law degrees or paralegal training.

So now you have mediocre leadership and new adjudicators are mostly part time and paid peanuts just desperate to avoid working at Walmart so they don’t really care.

Oh I want to evict them so hard, I’m hard….

1. Tenants Need To Control The Narrative At The LTB

Landlords and their high priced legal reps will try to frame this as “you didn’t pay rent, you are evil and get out!”

This is very easy to counter and will back-fire on the landlords acting so savagely…but you need to be aggressive and control the narrative.

You Are the Victim, Not The Landlord: “I was  just listening to Premier Ford and Trying To Survive!”

By not paying rent (or paying a little bit) you were following the advice of the Premier and the Housing Minister.

You did nothing wrong…You listened to the Premier and Housing Minister… You paid what you could…or didn’t pay because you couldn’t.

Madam Chair: “It wasn’t my intention not to pay rent for the year, it was due to needing to survive!”

Do this and you are already winning at your LTB Hearing.

Here are links to the Premier and Housing Minister saying you won’t be evicted for paying rent.

https://www.cp24.com/news/tenants-who-can-t-afford-rent-due-to-covid-19-won-t-be-evicted-ford-says-1.4861760

https://globalnews.ca/news/6764049/renters-not-evicted-ontario-coronavirus/

PRINT BOTH OUT AND MAKE THEM A KEY PART OF YOUR CASE.

It’s not your landlord vs. you, it’s your landlord vs. you, Premier Ford, and the Minister of Housing! Guess who will win?

2. The Landlord and Tenant Board is a “Social Justice Tribunal” not normal court.

This means the LTB takes the concerns of tenants seriously. It’s not just “black or white”. It’s a “social justice tribunal” that cares about your human rights.

What This Means For Tenants

It means the LTB will have to seriously consider the situation you faced when you didn’t pay rent. Landlords often think “you didn’t pay, you get the hell out!”

That’s not the way the LTB (a social justice tribunal) works. Tenants can explain our situations and why we had to do what we had to do.

Housing is a human right and if you need money to survive and can’t cover rent the LTB will be understanding and it’s okay.

Fortunately, thanks to McGuinty and Wynne Ontario isn’t the “Alabama” or “Mississippi” no justice states so many landlords crave it to be. Make sure to have your “story” of “hardship” and you won’t be evicted.

I can’t evict immediately? I have to follow the legal process? WTF?!

3. The LTB Will Be Clogged And Landlords Won’t Get A Hearing For Months

Due to mismanagement even before the pandemic it was taking landlords 6-8 months to get a hearing date. Now it’s going to be even more swamped.

Remember all the cases set for March – July were postponed and these cases filed before the March shut-down will be at the front of the line.

Even investment guru Garth Turner (former Canada Minister of Finance) has said:

The Landlord Tenant Board is shut by Covid. When it opens again, the backlog will be biblical. The tenants will still be there, squatting, in a year. In fact, they can just stop paying rent.

What This Means For Tenants

It means even though you may receive an N4 it is just a piece of paper and nothing more! The N4 Means Nothing!

Your landlord will have to file to get a Hearing at the LTB and it won’t happen for months, perhaps years!

Smart landlords will try to work with you and work out a win-win situation because the reality is landlords are powerless and have to wait for the LTB to open and for their Hearing to be scheduled.

If you have a great small landlord let them know you can avoid the LTB and work something out together. But landlords will need to obey your payment plan or reduced rent. If not, let them take you to the LTB where they will lose.

LET’S DO IT! – Work Now To Create Your Case To Win At the Landlord and Tenant Board

Let’s focus on what you need to do.

—Control The Narrative From The Start

Firstly, control the narrative that Premier Ford and the Housing Minister told you that you don’t have to pay rent and won’t be evicted and you needed to focus on food and survival.

—Document your situation

Document, document, document! Show your costs, keep copies (and take pic of) all your receipts for food. Show your total bills.

When the adjudicator asks you why you didn’t pay rent (or full rent):

-Have your employment situation laid out. Did you lose hours, laid off, etc.

-Did you have to rely on CERB which could have ended at any time so you needed to save for food?

-Show your grocery bills (copies will be helpful).

-Show receipts for other costs? Do you have kids who need diapers, pablum, some toys? Show one receipt is enough because of course these costs are regular and add up.

-Did you have sick relative you needed to help? Show gas receipts, other costs.

-Do you have kids? Bring them to the LTB Hearing! Explain how you had to pay for their food and as a good parent you bought some toys, etc.

—Show You Tried to Pay (And If You Paid Some Rent It Will Be Even Easier To Win)

If you can show you tried to pay even $100 it will work in your favour. Make sure you have witnesses and people who will sign affidavits for you.

KEY POINT – No adjudicator will ever evict you if you tried to pay (and can prove it) or couldn’t pay (and can explain why)  They won’t evict you!

They will give you a long term payment plan. If they evict you they will be fired under these circumstances. You file for a review and go to the media!

If they evicted you there are ways to make sure they lose their job (their 2 year contract won’t be renewed).

In this crappy economy these people want to keep their cushy jobs. You only need to give them the ammo to help them help you.

KEY POINT – Landlords who didn’t offer you a fair payment plan will go down hard and lose at the Hearing. Bill 184 made this a new rule:

Because the new laws will PUNISH landlords who didn’t try to create a payment plan with you!!!

So landlords are already getting ready to just “lie” they offered you one. Make sure you are ready to challenge them on their lies.

Let’s Review Things.

-Your Eviction Hearing Will Take Months or Years To Get. Think July 2021 For Your Hearing

-When You Go To Your Hearing You Will Not Evicted If You Plan

1. At your LTB Hearing many tenants will have their owed rent ‘forgiven’.

2. At the very worst you will be put on a payment plan where you start paying rent + $50 until 2021 or beyond..

You pay me now or i will. keep emailing Ford!!!

Bad Landlords Trying To Make A Buck Are Pathetic!

We Need To License Small Landlords

Not all landlords are bad. It is usually the uneducated mortgage frauds who are. So let’s license landlords and demand a valid Bachelor Degree and an annual test and maintenance inspection to be able to own an rental.

This will eliminate many of the worst rural rump landlords and allow good landlords to thrive.

Tenants Should Co-Operate With Their Landlord If Possible

Of course, if you have a nice granny landlord try your best to help them out. But if you have a corporate landlord or a snotty rich landlord who is living in Bahamas and cheating his wife there is no need to have any mercy.

Because bad landlords don’t care if you live or die.

Tenants Prepare Now To Win When The LTB Opens

If you prepare you will win. Easily. It’s a cakewalk!

Landlords are hoping you are not informed of your rights, not informed of the realities of the situation, and not informed that you can protect yourself and your loved ones and WIN!

No wonder by past post got so much attention.  And all I did was explain how the system works.

But remember if you have a small grandma landlord who you like, educate them and work something out and co-operate together.

But Never Forget – YOU WON’T BE EVICTED!

If you plan and play it right:

1. The LTB will deny the eviction and effectively eliminate your arrears – but would still likely make sure you started paying the rent again. 

If your landlord did not offer you a payment plan they will be punished!

2. In most cases the LTB will make an Order to re-pay with an enforceable payment plan under section 78 of the Act.  In laypeople’s terms it means you need to make a small payment and can’t miss it. But you will not be evicted.

3. You can always just leave. Your landlord will then have to find you, serve you and sue you in small claims court. It’s a very difficult process and small claims court justices are on the Tenants side.

Big debts? Be like Trump who “went bankrupt” 5x and never paid money owed LOL!

4. If you ever get a judgement against you just declare bankruptcy and the debt will never be collected from you.

Declaring bankruptcy is an important potential strategy so you don’t have to pay what you legally owe someone. Even President Trump in the USA declared bankruptcy 5 times! It’s a weapon tenants can use!

FREE LEGAL AID!

Tenants can get free legal help. So before your hearing make sure you contact a legal aid clinic to help you prepare. And when you are at your hearing make sure you get the free legal aid lawyer or paralegal who helps tenants to speak on your behalf in front of the adjudicator!

It’s Important To Pay Your Rent To Your Small Landlord

Friday, September 11th, 2020

My name is Laura and I post under my name on the Ontario Landlords Forum. I’ve been active there for years to try to help other tenants and give some of my advice to help small landlords too.

These are crazy times for everyone.

And while tenants are suffering it’s also important to know your landlord might be suffering too. This pandemic is hurting everyone.

We Need To Stick Together

I used to own a house and we rented our basement out years ago and it really helped us cover our mortgage. When my husband died my children were grown so I decided to sell the house and rent.

Renting has a lot of advantages.

I don’t have to worry about any maintenance issues and my landlady has a service to cut the lawn and plow the snow.  My landlord cover my utilities so she can get just one payment each month to keep things uncomplicated.

My landlady is a teacher and her husband has his own contracting company and they are terrific.

“Are You Going To Pay The Rent?”

When all this chaos started in March and the government said “tenants don’t have to pay rent” my landlady called me and asked me if I was going to pay the rent.

I told her “of course I will”. She was thankful and said if I needed a break just call her.

My Landlady Is Professional and Kind, And I Make Paying Rent A Priority

I’m in a pretty good situation where I don’t need to worry about buying food and my children are adults now.  I know others might not be as safe as I am.

I’m going to pay the rent not only because it’s the right thing to do, but because I want to keep my excellent relationship with my landlady and know that if I don’t pay rent it could hurt her financially (and even lead to her selling this place).

Pay You Rent And If You Can’t Call Your Landlord

My landlady isn’t some big global corporation. She and her family invested and thanks to them I have a great place to stay at a great price.

Rent Strike Hits Small Landlords, Not The Corporate Landlords

-Not paying rent will just get rid of the small nice landlords who care about you.

-Not paying rent will not impact the big heartless corporations.

-The whole “rent strike” people are likely corporate landlords who want to get rid of small landlords who are their competition.  At least that’s what I think.

Stay Home and Stay Safe!

I’m so happy to have a great rental with a great landlady. I feel safe and don’t ever want to move.

With Love And Wishing Everyone Stays Safe,

Laura

 

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?”

Sign a payment plan directly with no Hearing?

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!

Landlords already using new law to threaten & bully tenants!

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?)

You just signed…GOTCHA!!!  You just lost your legal rights, hit the streets!

Again: you lose all your legal protections.

If you agree to create a “payment plan” directly your landlord gets all the power.

How?

Landlord says “Let’s be friends and work this out. Now sign here!!!!”

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!

Remember:

(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.

LTB Hearings are safe and professional and you even get free legal help

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!

Bill 184 – The “Tenant Slaughter And Un-Protection Act”

Tuesday, July 21st, 2020

Disclaimer: “This isn’t an attack on landlords. This is an attack on the system that got us here.”

“Let’s make a payment plan. Let’s avoid the LTB, work together (tenant signs)….GOT YOU… Hahaha I can now evict you fast, you have no legal rights now! SUCKER! The Sheriff is coming now to kick you out!”

Tenants need to be aware of the huge challenges we are soon going to face!

While the Premier has acted all kind and cuddly (like that fat drunk uncle we all see during the holidays who laughs as he passes gas and then beats your aunt to bloody pulp when they get home) it’s only an act.

The reality is those of us who rightfully didn’t pay rent (or full rent) are being prepared for the slaughterhouse (legally)!

It’s called Bill 184 and you can bet it will soon be the law and the slaughter of tenants will begin.

The government will not forgive tenants not paying and instead are going to demand tenants agree to “payment plans” that bypass the legal process of going to the Landlord and Tenant Board for a legal Hearing (where tenants have rights and free legal help)

The NDP came up with a plan to help tenants cover rent by using government funds to help during the horrible pandemic.

Even some landlord groups such as the Ontario Landlords Association proposed this as a way for tenants and their landlords to avoid conflict and avoid evictions.

Lots of other industries have received government support, so why not residential tenants and their landlords?

No, that would have been too easy and too nice. Why be nice when they want a slaughter and I think they enjoy seeing us suffer!

Suze Morrison is an NDP MPP who wants to protect tenants. Morrison is very aware of the reality and the coming avalanche of mass evictions based on landlords legally being able to trick tenants into forfeiting our legal rights.

Thousands of tenants in Ontario are lying awake at night, worrying about losing the roof over their head when the province’s weak pause on the enforcement of evictions ends.

They wouldn’t be this position if Doug Ford had answered the NDP’s call to provide a rent subsidy to tenants who have lost income or their job due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but here we are.

As if this wasn’t bad enough, the Ford government has found a way to make things even worse.

Now, in the middle of the pandemic, the Conservatives are attempting to quietly ram through legislation that will make it easier for landlords to evict tenants.

Don’t be fooled by the name of the legislation. Bill 184, the Protecting Tenants and Strengthening Community Housing Act, is bad for tenants.

Tenants already faced an uphill battle at the Landlord and Tenant Board, squaring off against often deep-pocketed landlords and their high-priced lawyers. If passed, Ford’s eviction bill will leave tenants with fewer defences to avail themselves of and fewer opportunities to plead their case.

Consider the case of a landlord who refuses to fix a malfunctioning radiator in a tenant’s unit. If the tenant withholds their rent, the landlord can haul them in front of the Landlord and Tenant Board.

Under Bill 184, the tenant may be prevented from pointing out other issues, like the landlord’s failure to maintain the unit in a good state of repair, at the hearing on non-payment of rent.

Bill 184 also takes away a tenant’s right to return to the Landlord and Tenant Board if they miss a payment after coming up with a repayment plan to catch up on back rent. This is especially concerning in the context of the pandemic.

Thousands of tenants in Ontario will be trying to catch up on back rent after losing their income or job. What if they feel pressured to accept a repayment plan and fall behind on payments despite their best efforts? What if their financial circumstances change because there’s a second wave of COVID-19?

Under Bill 184, there’s no opportunity to revisit the repayment plan at the Landlord and Tenant Board. Tenants could find a sheriff knocking on their door, ready to enforce their eviction, the second they miss a payment.

The Ford government can claim that its eviction bill is about “protecting tenants” all it wants. But even Steve Clark, the minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, admits that the legislation is about moving things along at the Landlord and Tenant Board when the government switches the lights back on.

In this very paper, he wrote: “We know that when regular hearings resume at the LTB, there will be a backlog of cases requiring resolution. That’s why this legislation is important today — in light of COVID-19.”

Yes, there will be a backlog of cases. The enforcement of evictions may be on hold for now, but that hasn’t stopped landlords from threatening tenants with eviction — even for partial rent payments.

And what is the Ford government doing with thousands of evictions on the horizon in Ontario? Instead of helping tenants keep up with rent, and in turn ensuring landlords get paid, the government is greasing the gears of the Landlord and Tenant Board to speed up evictions.

Tenants deserve better than a government that claims it’s protecting them when it’s really making them more vulnerable to losing the roof over their heads.

It’s time for the Ford government to scrap its plan to make evictions easier and step up with rent relief to help see tenants through the economic pain of COVID-19.