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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.

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!

Part 1: My Tenants Haven’t Paid Rent For Months

Monday, June 1st, 2020

We are posting some of the thousands submissions sent from landlords across Ontario. Make your voice heard.

I know a lot of landlords really frustrated now and I am too. So we asked if our my submission could be published for people to read.

Hopefully others will see they aren’t alone in dealing with these challenges and those with power can see what is really happening.

Our Story – We Did Every Thing Right, The System Is Wrong

Like many others reading here we are not a rich. We are originally immigrants who saw Canada as a peaceful land which followed the rule of law instead of the law of personality and corruption.

We arrived and are both working class people who only bought our own home later in life. We rented for years and  made sure rent was a priority to pay.

We are still coupon cutters and saved every cent we could. Yes, I’m that person you see lined up at the grocery store the morning of a sale.

We have an old tv and almost never take any vacations  and we are fine with that because we want to plan for our future.

We have never bought a new car, always used. We didn’t even want to buy a car but found public transportation lacking and not convenient, especially in the cold winters.

Finally Built a Small Nest Egg

When we finally had some savings a few years ago we were looking to invest somehow. Our money was just sitting in the bank and we spoke with our bank representative about options.

She told us we could go into GICs, but they paid very little interest. And the stock market was something we were not comfortable with because it looks to us like a casino where only the insider players make money.

We were still looking for options.

Buying A Property To Rent

After long talks with each other, we came across the idea of buying a rental property.

We rented for years and remembered how tough it was to find a really nice place. We always worried about the landlord/property management because many of the rental buildings were not well maintained in our city. When we needed to move and find a new place due to work reasons it felt like Russian roulette.

So we decided we can try to buy a well located property and make it the nicest one around.

And we would be the best landlords around.

We wanted the property and how it was run to be exactly what we always looked for but never found. We planned to personally take care of the property, fix things quickly and with high quality materials, and charge an affordable price.

Our goal was people would see our place compared to others and get to know us for a mutually respectful business relationship.

Great Duplex, Great Rental, Great Location

We spoke with our bank and learned what we needed to qualify for the mortgage. I know tenants are talking a lot about mortgage fraud by small landlords and it does exist, especially for people with multiple rentals. This is wrong and makes us all look bad.

Fortunately for us we had high credit from always paying our bills and could qualify to buy a property in a certain price range.

We spent months looking and looking and the more places we saw the more we were confident we could be the best landlords around. So many of places for sale were run down, damages, smelled horrible, and not something we would have wanted to rent.

Our real estate agent finally showed us a property in a good area close to public transportation, shopping, and schools. It was vacant and we were told by our real estate agent the current owner was a foreign investor who wanted to sell.

We made our offer and after some wiggling it was accepted! We finally had our investment property, in a nice area and now it was our time to have the perfect rental property with (we hoped to be) amazing, caring landlords.

Fixing The Property

In our area it’s hard to find a really nice rental in a great area. Now we at least had the great area. Now it was time to fix it.

We did everything ourselves except the new shingles and the electrical and plumbing. We spent weeks scrubbing, painting, putting in new flooring and landscaping.

We spent more on our rental than in our own home for things like blinds, curtains, new counter tops, new appliances, and new clean light switches.

Both the upper and lower units looked like brand new houses.

We made them into places we always hoped to find but always ended up disappointed.

Great Property On The Market At An Affordable Price

We felt great even after coming home at midnight after doing sanding, painting and other fixing issues in the new property.

We had one of the best properties on the market, we wanted to be the best most friendly landlords ever, and were optimistic and excited.

We are both working class people wanting to help working class people like us!

Things Started Off Well

We found good tenants for both units in the upper and lower apartments. We made sure to use the right legal materials and rent credit checks with Rent Check.

It was a good first year. Unfortunately, the lower unit moved out after a year and the couple of teachers moved out after two years because they bought their own townhouse.

Our next tenants moved in and things were also good for a long while.

No Evictions, No Landlord And Tenant Board, No Law

They are legally “playing the system”

Things have changed in 2020. We had our first problems with the downstairs tenant who didn’t pay rent in February. He hasn’t paid since.

Then after Premier Ford say tenants didn’t have to pay rent in March our upstairs tenants have refused to pay. They told me it’s “their right.” They didn’t want to negotiate, didn’t want to work things out.

Our Tenants Are Now Not Paying Rent And We Can’t Evict Them And We are Owed Thousands of Dollars in Rent With No End In Sight!

This is all because the government is not allowing the legal system to operate… and we suspect our tenants are abusing the system because they know they can’t be evicted! Isn’t Canada supposed to be a nation of laws and not one of lawlessness?

Things were about to become worse. Doug Ford where are you to help me and my family not go bankrupt!

To Be Continued…

Small Landlords Need To Get Rent And Be Able To Evict Non-Paying Tenants

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

Ontario Landlords Require A Functioning System Where Rent Is Paid On Time & Non-Paying Tenants Are Evicted. Or Many Of Us Will Go Bankrupt & Have No Choice But To Sell Our Rentals

The entire world is worried about the pandemic known as Covid-19.  Countries such as Italy have even ordered a nation-wide quarantine that will keep citizens stuck in their home and unable to use public spaces.

The province of Ontario also has a growing number of cases and Premier Ford has declared a state of emergency. This had led to restaurants being closed, schools closed, and other actions.

Ontario Tenants Face Challenges

Many tenants are dealing with reduced hours at work or even job losses. On top of this tenants are using saved up money to stock up on essentials in case they have to self-isolate.

Small Landlords Often Rented Before We Became Housing Providers

Unlike the large corporate landlords, small landlords are regular people who also face serious challenges. As many of us rented at some point in our lives, we understand and sympathize with what tenants are dealing with. However, we ask everyone to understand our situation as well.

Rent Freezes, Evictions Bans, And A Closed Down Landlord And Tenant Board

Many of our members are very concerned about some of the ‘solutions‘ that are being brought forth by some tenant groups, some people in the provincial government, and some people in the media.

These so-called solutions include a freeze on rents, don’t pay rent, don’t allow any legal evictions, don’t enforce evictions and more.

While these sound dramatic and helpful they will only harm the entire rental industry and tenants themselves

Small Landlords Are Not Faceless Corporate Giants

We’ve worked hard over the past decade to show that small landlords need to be put in different category compared to the corporate landlords.

We’re not rich. We hold jobs and many of our members are teachers, fire-fighters, secretaries, mechanics, doctors, painters, plumbers, electricians, Realtors, small business owners and even helicopter pilots and retired athletes.

We rely on rent to keep our businesses going.  When a tenant pays rent to us, we are paying property taxes, insurance, mortgages and for maintenance (which is not nearly as inexpensive as tenants think it is). If we don’t receive rent, we still need to pay all these costs.

And many small landlords require rent each month just to cover all these costs!

We Need To Find Real Win-Win Solutions

Small landlords are aware of the serious challenges tenants face. Some of our OLA members are already providing their tenants with extra heaters, blankets and…toilet paper. We’re trying to help!

One our OLA members is even going to Walmart, Metro and Shoppers Drug Mart to buy diapers and milk and groceries and medicine for a single mom tenant who is afraid to take her baby out shopping with her.

This is what good small landlords do for our tenants. We don’t want conflict with tenants, we want win-win situations.

Rent Freezes, No Evictions, Closing Down The LTB, No Sheriff Enforcement Are Not Solutions

All these so-called ‘solutions’ are simply demonizing the landlord and placing the entire financial burden tenants face on to the small landlord.

This won’t work.

Small landlords need a functioning system where we get paid rent and can evict non-paying tenants in a fair and efficient legal venue.

If these so-called ‘solutions’ become part of the system it will lead to many bankrupt small landlords and many will sell their rentals (often to a person who wants it for their own use).  This will inevitably lead to an even lower vacancy rate.

Let’s Create A Tenant-Landlord Alliance For A Win-Win Solution

So landlords are aware of the challenges tenants face. Hopefully, after reading this, tenants will be aware of what small landlords face.

So what are some win-win solutions?

Province Provides Grants of Interest Free Loans For Tenants

We already see how the excellent Toronto Rent Bank helps tenants. They are hard working people running it who truly care.

So why not create a new large province-wide Ontario Rent Bank? The government can put in financial resources to create a large province-wide Rent Back.

This would be a place for tenants who are in need to get help to pay their landlord.  Either a grant (for 1 -3 months of rent) or an interest free loan.

Every Evicted Tenant Can Get Places Into Government Social Housing

How much money is spent on social housing? It’s huge. So why isn’t it more effective and better managed?

How about the Landlord and Tenant Board works with government social housing providers across Ontario?

And if someone is officially evicted these government social housing groups reach out to the evicted tenant to help them find a place to stay (thus eliminating homelessness) if they want it (many tenants will just find a new place).

Let’s Fix This And With Smart Long Term Logical Ideas

There are tenant groups out there screaming “stick it to the landlord”.  There are also some minor hick landlord social media outlets filled with uneducated people and owners looking to make a buck saying “tenants just pay or else and also no tax dollars fer them!”

Both extremes should be ignored.  Small landlords need to be protected and the best way to help tenants is to protect good small landlords!

The reality is it’s time for the province of Ontario to pick up it’s game and take some responsibility!

Instead of a deluge of selfies the corporate landlords are making (who pay a fortune for lobbyists and have their staff follow a minister around carrying his umbrella in the rain, opening doors for him and giving him a hug and bringing in lunch when needed) we need real effective change to help both tenants and landlords.

OLA members are shocked that the solution to help tenants is to say “don’t pay rent…because you can’t be evicted”.  Many of us will remember this well in the next election.

OLA MEMBERS SPEAK OUT

-We need to quickly work for win-win solutions to help both good tenants and good landlords.

-We need to get the Landlord and Tenant Board Working (and working fast) and Tenants also to be protected by new government programs such as loans and grants to pay their legal rent.

-The current plan of “no evictions” is beyond foolish and will dramatically harm the Ontario rental industry and lead to anarchy and chaos. 

We need real leadership, not pandering to the worst instincts of tenant voters. 

LTB Is Closed! = TENANTS DO NOT HAVE TO PAY RENT

Sunday, March 15th, 2020

The Only Way Landlords Can Evict You Is With An Order From the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB). Now The LTB Is Closed So Landlords are 100% Powerless! You Don’t Need To Pay Rent!

The Wuhan Virus started by some strange reason.

Some people say it started by some Chinese people eating live bats for dinner along with other live animals and creating a contamination that spread.  Others say it is a bio-weapon started by Trump and the United States government to create trouble for China and all non-white people in the world.

However it started, it is real and causing a global pandemic and people are dying.

And Tenants are vulnerable and need to do what it takes for us to survive!

Halt Of Evictions

This has led for some to call for a halt  of evictions.

For example, the amazing Kristin Wong-Tam is saying the government should give all tenants an ‘eviction break’ because we are can’t work and can’t make money to pay the greedy landlords their pound of our flesh.

Housing is a human right and all people should get free housing, so in these dangerous times landlords should eat the costs (and just dig into their deep pockets) and be unable to collect rent or evict tenants all over Ontario. Evictions need to be stopped!

The Problem With Government “Solutions”

We love amazing leaders such as Wong-Tam but often their hands are tied.

The biggest problem is any government solutions are very slow to make an impact while Tenants need fast action and fast solutions!

Also as we can with some other tenant groups that get gov’t funding, they are understandably afraid to tell the real raw truth.

Why? Because they risk losing funding with such a fascist, pro-landlord government like we are stuck with until we kick them out in two years.

Real Life Tenant Survival Strategies

Because of how fast as easy this virus spreads, the pro-landlord anti-tenant Ford PC government has shut down all the social tribunals in the province. This includes the LTB.

The Landlord And Tenant Board (LTB) is Closed

The only way an Ontario landlord can legally evict you is with an order from the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB)….But the LTB IS CLOSED!

Apply with us to kick out your vulnerable tenant so you can raise rents. We are on landlords side.

But now……….

 

Landlords Looking To Evict Will Find They Can’t Do It!

Usually landlords just get their high paid, expensive legal representatives to file the paperwork.

Then the high paid reps take it to the LTB and use the landlord-friendly system to kick tenants out (along with mocking them and humiliating them for being just ‘renters’ while they are ‘lords’.)

Landlords Are Stuck! Their Cries For Help Go Unheard!

There is nothing they can do! They are stuck…they are trapped! They have no mechanism to evict Tenants!

And this is a good thing.

This means that smart tenants will now stop paying rent and use that money to buy food and medicine to protect ourselves and our families!

Already landlords are using their huge reserves of our rent money to buy all the toilet paper and other key products to make sure they live…while leaving Tenants to die!

Tenants Cannot Be Evicted As the LTB Is Closed

Only idiots will pay rent on April 1st or May 1st.  Use this money to protect yourself.

Ignore any landlord paperwork sent to you (N4, N5, etc.) as it’s a BLUFF and MEANINGLESS!

Landlords must file with the LTB…which now doesn’t exist and won’t for at least two months and maybe many many more.

Protect You And Your Family By Not Paying Rent

Tenants are the must vulnerable people. We must do whatever it takes to SURVIVE.

You do not need to rent for at least 2 months…spend that money on buying food, toilet paper, water, etc.

This Could Go On for 6 Months Or Even A Year

Keep informed because now you do NOT HAVE TO PAY RENT.

Protect you and your family and make sure you survive!

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