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Landlord Opinions – Get Your Voice Heard!

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

Pandemics, Border Closures, Businesses Shut Down. Challenges for Landlords, Tenants And the Rental Industry 

The Ontario Landlords Association continues our over a decade long fight to make sure the issues of good landlords and good tenants are at the forefront.

We continue to educate so-called ‘tenant activists’ on the realities we face and counter their memes and myths like no one else.

We want to make sure the general public knows that good landlords want to cooperate with good tenants but that we aren’t rich and “landlords have rights too.” We want  good landlords and good tenants succeeding together.

Make Your Voice Heard!

While we continue to have great discussions in our hugely popular forums, we want your direct opinions as we continue to deal with media and government to protect good landlords and good tenants.”

Results will be sent to Premier Ford and Prime Minister Trudeau.

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

Saturday, March 21st, 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. 

Contact Your Local Legal Aid Clinic For Help Against Your Bad Landlord

Saturday, September 21st, 2019

Thanks To Justin Trudeau You Can Get Free Legal Help To Fight Your Bad Landlord!

You Can Use This Free Service To Intimidate & Even BANKRUPT Bad Landlords!

You NEED To Get Free Legal Help! (Yes, Free!)

Often tenants think we are alone and feel helpless.  After all, many of us work long hours or rely on diminishing government assistance to keep food on the table.

Life for us hard-working honest tenants is a constant struggle just to survive!

Many tenants also have young kids and anyone who has brought up children knows how stressful this is. Unlike the rich landlords, we can’t use the rent money to hire nannies, cooks, cleaners and buy the most expensive toys.

So when you have a bully landlord causing you trouble many tenants feel like we are in a “black hole”.

We get depressed, we feel ill and it’s all about a sense of powerlessness.

While your Ferrari owning or $100,000 SUV driving landlord can use our rent to hire lawyers, we feel we are on our own. And life is tough enough without dealing with some rich bully landlord.

While landlords are enjoying our rent money, many tenants are struggling to survive.

Cheer Up and Be Energized! There Is Help Out There For You!

The pro-landlord right wing conservative media such as the CBC and Toronto Star will never write about ways tenants can get help and justice.

Why?

Because they rely on the revenue of advertisements to the “landlord class” to make money.

This is why you see so many ads for expensive vacations to Europe or the Caribbean, ads for expensive cars, and ads for expensive law firms…all directed to the rich “landlord class”.

These landlords are the people who really run our country.  And their source of money is the working class like us paying them rent!

But There Is Help…(and it’s free!)

Fortunately there is help out there. Only most tenants don’t even know about it!

We are too over-worked, too stressed, too tired, and too indoctrinated to even believe such help exists.

But Help Does Exist Thanks to Legal Aid Clinics Across Ontario!

The evil Ford government cut funding to legal aid centers.  These are centers that provide free legal help to people who need protection.

For example, new refugees, women who have been victims of domestic abuse, and most important is tenants.

Ford is controlled by the landlords. So he wanted to shut down the ways poor tenants trying to survive can fight back. The landlords like the OLA pushed Ford to do this!

Justin Trudeau Came To Our Rescue!

The devious Ford gov’t cut legal aid as the Corporate landlords and Ontario Landlords Association told them to do!

This would have stopped refugees and tenants from being able to get help. The was the plan by the OLA and the huge globalist corporate landlords. Without legal aid, tenants could easily be bullied and intimidated.

Thanks to Justin Trudeau our amazing Prime Minister (great hair!) the federal government gave full funding to the legal aid clinics in Ontario!

Contact Your Local Legal Aid Clinic For Free Legal Help

They have amazing trained professionals lawyers and paralegals who will help you. They are very experienced and on your side!

Find your local legal clinic here.

Tenant Duty Counsel Program

This is free legal help specifically for landlord/Tenant matters.

The government provides free legal help to ALL tenants (rich or poor) at the Landlord and Tenant Board Tribunals.

Even if you make $1,000,000/year and drive a Ferrari you get free legal help…but you need to come to your Landlord and Tenant Board Hearing early and get the free help you are entitled to.

This is great because it means the program is non-discriminatory and not based on income. It’s really fair.

Tenant Duty Counsel

The Tenant Duty Counsel Program (TDCP) is a program of ACTO, funded by Legal Aid Ontario.  ACTO funds 30 legal clinics across the province to provide TDCP services. The TDCP is a walk-in service available at locations across Ontario where the Landlord and Tenant Board hold their hearings.

TDCP staff provide advice, legal assistance, resources and referrals to unrepresented tenants on the day of their hearing at the Landlord and Tenant Board. Priority is given to tenants facing eviction.

TDCP staff also provide advice to tenants who have been illegally locked out or who have sheriff notices or eviction orders.

If you have a problem with your landlord, you may need legal help before there is a Landlord and Tenant Board hearing. For low-income tenants, this help is provided by community legal clinics, located in each major town or city. Find your legal clinic.

You Can Bankrupt Your Bad Landlord And Make Them Back Down (and even beg for mercy)

We Tenants can get free legal help but the landlords can’t!

They have to pay huge money to “defend” against our “free” legal aid help.

Many times the landlord is  paying thousands of dollars to a paralegal or lawyer and will just back down and give you what we want to avoid paying even more thousands of dollars to lawyers and paralegals who will take their money (guaranteed) but won’t refund them if they don’t win and don’t “terminate” the tenants. 

The legal reps for landlords love getting paid from landlords in trouble. So use this against them. You get free legal help, and every day the legal battle goes on your landlord loses money.

LOL!

It’s Time For Tenants To Get Aggressive And Fight Back

Let’s make this clear: Good landlords have have nothing to worry about.

But tenants dealing with bad landlords need to keep in regular contact with your local legal aid clinic. They are there to help you…and you will win!

Tenants Need To Fight Back And You Will Win!

Many tenants get depressed and feel everything is hopeless as your landlord doesn’t fix things and takes your rent money to buy drugs and fancy new cars and Bahama vacations.

Thank You Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Who Feels Our Pain. As Someone Who Worked As A Teacher & Bouncer He Is Working Class Like Us! PM Trudeau Believes We Are All Equal And Deserve Fairness!

Justin fights for people in need.  And Justin has just made sure Tenants can continue to get free legal help to fight bad landlords. Good landlords have nothing to worry about, just treat us like 5 star clients.

The Landlord and Tenant Board Is A Nightmare! (Part 1)

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

The Landlord and Tenant Board Is Unfair, Biased & Unprofessional 

It Needs To Be Replaced With A Better System!

As part of our “Let’s Improve the Ontario Rental Industry” we have invited landlords and tenants to share their opinions on how we can make these improvements. These opinions are from individual contributors and are not the opinions of the Ontario Landlords Association. We believe by fostering communication between landlords and tenants we can improve the Ontario rental industry.

For the first two years my venture into becoming a residential landlord had turned out pretty well. I got into the industry because of Scott McgilIvray and his show ‘Income Property’ on HGTV.

Scott is an attractive sales person and made it seem like not only a simple investment, but something I needed to do or I would miss out on a historic opportunity to make money. (more…)

“We Need To Speed Up Evictions” OLA In The Huffington Post

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

Ontario Landlords Association Members Defend Landlords In The Huffington Post

“We Need Quicker Evictions For Ontario Landlords!”

Recent information from the Huffington Post shows our message is getting out. The Ford government is considering ways to speed up evictions and landlord issues are becoming well-known.

The Huffington Post is one of the most popular sites in the world. Even they would admit they are on the pro-tenant side of the spectrum. But we even reach the “left-wing” media.

Why?

Because we are telling the truth and we have many experienced and professional landlord members from across Ontario who can make sure our message is heard.

In fact, the Ontario Landlords Association has many highly educated, experienced and successful members from around the world, all working together to help the rental industry.

We need changes for Ontario landlords.

This is something the former Wynne Liberal government refused to act on, but we stopped some of their worst plans for landlords. We kept on them weekly and kept the rules from becoming even worse!

Lots Of Great Tenants Out There Looking For An Amazing Property

First of all let’s be clear – there are lots of great tenants out there.

These are tenants who pay the rent on time, follow the lease rules, are professionally respectful to their landlord and leave the property like it was when the first moved in.

But…

Unfortunately, there are also some tenants who don’t pay the rent, make major damages to the rental property, bother or harass other tenants or the landlord, and break the lease rules. 

Small Landlords Don’t Like Evictions

Unlike corporate landlords with thousands of units and a war chest to pay for huge legal fees, small landlords try to avoid evictions.  An eviction means we made a mistake in our tenant screening.

It also means lost rent and time spent at the Landlord and Tenant Board.

We want to make the renting process a simple and transparent business transaction: we offer a safe and attractive rental, and if you want it and we agree just pay rent on time and follow the lease.

Evictions In Ontario Can Take 6 months To Over A Year!

The Ontario system is broken and needs to be fixed. Evictions for even simple non-payment takes months and months.

Try going to McDonalds, order a Big Mac and fries, and walking out without paying.

But in Ontario tenants can simply refuse to pay and the process is looooooog (and tenants get every opportunity to pay months later and still stay in your rental while you wait for a Hearing and the Sheriff).

Even an Ontario Superior Court judge said the Residential Tenancies Act needs to change.

Enforcing Eviction Orders

What happens after you lose thousands of dollars in rent, countless hours of sleepless nights, and several days at LTB Hearings and finally get the eviction?

The tenant has to move out right?

The legal battle is finally finished and you can start trying to find a new renter.

It’s finally over, right?

Wrong. 

If the tenant doesn’t voluntarily move out you have to pay the Ontario Government Enforcement Agency a large fee ($300+) to physically change the locks and make sure the tenants are out.

This process can take months as they are heavily booked (and your non-paying tenants get even more free stay, no pay!)

Huffington Post – Private Bailiffs To Enforce Evictions (like they do for commercial rentals)

If landlords could hire a Private Bailiff we wouldn’t have to wait months to enforce the order, get the tenant out of rental and then re-rent it.

Instead it would be days.

It’s common sense and would speed up the eviction process (and avoid potentially months of additional losses).

Some Tenant Groups Are Fighting These Important Changes To Help Landlords

They claim only government workers are properly trained and sympathetic to tenants.

As we have seen many evictions take place this is just ridiculous. Private Bailiffs are equally qualified and professional.

Just because you are on the government payroll doesn’t mean you are ‘better’ than the private sector.

What they are is slower, not better!

OLA Members Say We Need To Speed Up Evictions

Ontario Landlords Association members made it clear in the Huffington Post private Bailiffs are welcomed by small landlords.

-We made it clear the eviction process takes months.

-We made it clear small landlords need rent paid in order to run our rental businesses

-We made it clear small landlords need rent in order to survive

Wait, Isn’t the Huffington Post Left Wing And Anti-Landlord?

Our landlords speak the truth and our message is clear.

We also have members who are very experienced and excellent advocates rarely seen before in this industry. We are also passionate because we are all small landlords too.

Our arguments are logical and make sense to help both good landlords and good tenants.

Ontario Landlords Association Continues To Get the Truth Known To Government and Media

Our members are real landlords who are just trying to provide great housing.

We need help dealing with bad tenants!

 

We Need To Speed Up The Eviction Process To Protect Landlords and Create More High Quality Rentals for Good Tenants!