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Tuesday, December 1st, 2020

Tenants Speak Out & Share Their Concerns & Opinions on the Rental Industry

As part of our “Let’s Improve the Ontario Rental Industry” we have invited tenants to share their opinions on how we can make these improvements.

Most of us used to rent to and we have tried to become the landlords we always wanted to rent from but could never find.

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 in a win-win business relationship.

To contribute your experiences and advice please email us at:  tenantexperiences@groupmail.com (All contributions must be a minimum of 300 words and include your name, contact number, address, a copy of your lease, all which will all be kept private and destroyed upon confirmation.)

The post below has been recommended by the Tenant Community as extremely helpful and important information. 

By Working Together Tenants And Small Landlords Can Get A Better Understanding of the Issues And Improve The Ontario Rental Industry.

Let’s all face issues straight on and work to make the Ontario Rental Industry not only an example for Canada, but for the world!

 

The Landlord And Tenant Board (LTB) Must Remain Open

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020

Small Landlords Have Waited Long Enough To Evict Non-Paying Tenants. Many LLs Not Been Paid Rent For Months

The Ontario NDP wants to shut down the Landlord and Tenant Board. You can read about it here.

The NDP claims there is a lot of ” growing, disturbing reports of systematic procedural unfairness” going on.

They want the Ontario Human Rights Commission to shut down Hearings:  “Board hearings should be postponed for tenants who are unable to participate fully in virtual hearings during the COVID-19 pandemic…”

Along with this there is lots of talk on social media and around the province that Ontario is going to a have a harsher lock-down soon due to the Covid-19 virus.

This lock-down will last for a long time and many services will be shut down in 2021. Even Prime Minister Trudeau is predicting a “Long, Dark Winter” where people will need to stay in our homes and there will measures more strict than ever before.

Tenant groups and others on social media (and leaks from those in the Ministry) are claiming a part of this will be another lock down of the courts.

And this lockdown will include the closing the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB)

The Ontario Landlords Association And Our Members Demand The Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) Remain Open!

Our members across the province cannot survive any more delays. We have mortgages, property taxes and maintenance repairs to be paid.

We understand the situation that some tenants may face in getting fair access to online hearings.

This is not our fault.  The fault is with those running Landlord and Tenant Board.

There are numerous mistakes which were made. Not the least of which was failing to hire more adjudicators last year to cut the incredibly long wait times for landlords to even get a Hearing date.

If there are real problems with the operation of the current Landlord and Tenant Board…fix it!

We call for an complete review of the Landlord and Tenant Board and all those involved running it. With the rental industry being so important we need professional staff and an efficient method of justice for both landlords and tenants. There needs to be changes and improvements.

Small “Mom and Pop” Landlords Cannot Survive Another LTB Lockdown!

The Ontario Landlords Association and our thousands of members all over Ontario continue to suffer not through not any fault of our own.

We need to have access to justice and want the Ministry to prepare to allow landlords access to justice even during a “long dark winter.” We need action now!

Keep The Landlord And Tenant Board Open So Small Landlords Can Get Access To Justice

Attention Tenants: Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) Is NOT FOR PAYING RENT (legally you don’t have to use it to pay rent!)

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

Don’t Be Tricked! Don’t Be Bullied! The CRB Is For Helping You Survive! LTB Adjudicators Will Understand & Agree Not Using It To Pay Rent (and won’t evict you!)

The CRB programme was created to help workers who continue to need support for our families. This means these emergency funds given are to make sure you have enough to eat, the cloth your family in harsh winter conditions, to buy medicine, and for other daily necessities.

It is NOT for paying rent.

It was not designed to go to tenants and then transferred to landlords (who have their own programs to get rent) during these frightening times! If you do not pay rent you can explain to this to a judge or LTB adjudicator and you will not be evicted!

Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)

While many Canadians have seen their jobs come back and have returned to work since the start of the pandemic, the Government of Canada recognizes that there remain other workers in sectors that have been particularly hit hard who continue to need support.

That is why, today, the Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Chrystia Freeland, and the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, announced the introduction of Bill C-2, to create three new temporary Recovery Benefits to support Canadians who are unable to work for reasons related to COVID-19. These new Benefits are being proposed as part of the Government of Canada’s plan to support Canadians as we work to build back a stronger, more resilient economy. Since the introduction of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) in the early days of the pandemic, at a time when we asked Canadians to stay home, close to 9 million Canadians have received the Benefit to help to pay their bills and support their families.

The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are directly affected by COVID-19 and are not entitled to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. The CRB is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

If you are eligible for the CRB, you can receive $1,000 ($900 after taxes withheld) for a 2-week period.

If your situation continues past 2 weeks, you will need to apply again. You may apply up to a total of 13 eligibility periods (26 weeks) between September 27, 2020 and September 25, 2021.

https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/recovery-benefit.html

My Landlord Is A Bully! If She Tries To Evict Me What Can I Do?

“Pay now or I will evict you! I have payments for my BMWs to make!”

Many (not all) landlords are bullies who don’t even know the law.

Don’t worry at all.

1. The Process Will Take Over a Year To Get  Hearing HAHAHAHA

First of all, it your landlord will have to serve you an N4 (pay rent) which is just a request for the money. Then if you ignore if they have to get a “hearing” date at the LTB which will take at least a year.

2. At The Hearing You Can Easily Explain Why You Didn’t Pay Rent

In Ontario housing is a “human right” and not just a business transaction. This is why the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board is part of the Social Justice tribunal system. Most landlords don’t even know this!

At the Hearing you will get free legal aid to help you. Yes, all tenants no matter what your income.

Then you just explain why you needed CRB and what your struggles are. Make sure to be very dramatic and perhaps even cry and wear old clothes at your Hearing to make sure the message gets across to the Adjudicator.

If you do this YOU WILL NOT BE EVICTED!

At most you will be given a looooonnnnnggggg term payment plan, but you won’t be evicted! You might have to pay an extra $10/month once the pandemic is over LOL!

Yes, the Ford government is tenant-friendly! They don’t want the media to report on “mass evictions” so they put the burn on landlords which is rad!

Make sure you text or email your landlord about your problems and ask them to understand your situation. An email like this:

“Dear ____, During these difficult times I’m unable to pay rent due to. __ and ___ and ___. Please understand my situation as I want to pay but simply cannot due to this horrible pandemic. I am open to communication with and ask you to respect the extremely difficult times I face. I will pay you in full as soon as I can, but now I must protect my life and the lives of my family!”

***MAKE SURE YOU DOCUMENT EVERYTHING, EXPECIALLY YOUR EMAILS/TEXTS TO YOUR LANDLORD (WITH DATES!) AS EVIDENCE

Landlords want your money for their new cars and vacations!

3. What If My Landlord Offered Me A Payment Plan?

You can choose to agree, but it’s best to disagree. Just make sure you have a record of why you disagreed.

(For example “I need money for my baby!” or “I want to make a payment plan but am worried about being able to pay food and can’t find work, please understand my situation!”)

4. What If My Landlord Harasses Me Or Locks Me Out?

Call the police.

This is a landlord tenant matter and the landlord MUST LET YOU IN!

Tenants Are More Powerful Than We Think!

In Ontario there are strong laws to protect tenants. But most tenants are not aware of our legal rights and don’t fight our landlords!

Many tenants don’t even go to their Landlord and Tenant Board Hearing, which means the landlord wins “automatically” when if you just show up, get free legal aid, you will !

If You Show Up And Fight Back You Will Win!

SO SHOW UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tenants all over, in this global pandemic make sure you enforce your LEGAL RIGHTS.

Most landlord victories at the LTB are because tenants didn’t show up!

Don’t feel afraid, feel ENERGIZED! Feel Proud! You Have Rights And Your Future Is Looking Good! You Will Win If:

– You Fight Back.

-You Get Free Legal Help.

-You Show Up For Your Hearing.(!)

-You Don’t Be Bullied

-You Don’t Be Demotivated.

And you will Win…Yes you will! Love yourself and fight hard with fellow tenants across Ontario!

IT’S YOUR RIGHT TO NOT PAY RENT DURING A PANDEMIC!

REMEMBER TO GET FREE LEGAL HELP AND THEY WILL FIGHT BACK FOR YOU!!!

TENANTS FREE LEGAL HELP!

USE IT TO DEFEAT YOUR LANDLORD AND PROTECT YOUR TENANT RIGHTS!

Ontario Landlords- The Sheriff Must Be Able To Conduct Legal Evictions

Thursday, October 1st, 2020

Tenant Activists Physically Prevented Officers From Conducting a Legal Eviction

Ontario Landlords Need Legal Evictions To Be Enforced

For over a decade OLA members have shared tips and advice to help each other succeed.  We also bring up important issues to the attention of other members which then often gets the media involved.

This is why we even exist – to help small landlords have a voice and succeed using the best services out there.

We educate our members on the laws and regulations. We follow these laws and regulations, and become the best landlords tenants can ever find!

Sheriff Not Enforcing Legal Evictions?

One OLA member wrote on our popular landlord forums that he worried after waiting for a Hearing date at the Landlord and Tenant Board for months. 

This member worried that when he finally gets his Hearing (and wins) it could be impossible to legally get his tenant out of his rental.

“Have evictions been stopped in Ontario?

I was listening to Global news in my car and hey reported tenants are no longer getting evicted by the Sheriff and 14 police officers let a tenant mob block the doors!

I almost spat my coffee driving on the 401 westbound(!) and want to know what the hell is going on?”

This news quickly spread throughout our membership with people upset and confused how this could happen.

Here’s What Happened

According to CTV News there was a scheduled eviction by the Sheriff on September 21, 2020 in East York.

When the Sheriff arrived there was a group of tenant activists who blocked the entry to the rental complex. The tenants became aggressive and the police were called.

14 Officers And The Tenants Did Not Back Down…And Won

Although 14 police officers came to assist the Sheriff with their legal right to conduct the eviction they didn’t remove the activists. These were people who were blocking the entrance to the rental property for a legal eviction.

Tenant Activists Continued To Block Officers The Next Day

Again they were successful in blocking the eviction.

Landlords Need A Legal Way To Evict Tenants And Cannot Accept Chaos and Anarchy

Small landlords are running a small business. It’s not easy as we have lots of costs to pay. Whether it’s our mortgages, our property taxes, utilities, insurance or the rising costs to property maintain our units… it’s more expensive than ever!

Good Tenants Need Help As Well 

OLA members are not your typical “you pay go to a homeless shelter” types. Most of us were renters before and know how difficult it can be when living in difficult economic times, especially when we are still in a pandemic.

We Need To Be Strong And Take Action Against Tenant “Game Players” 

If tenants can pay rent but just don’t want to pay when they can that’s one thing. They need to be evicted so the landlord can re-rent the unit asap!

However, if the the tenants being evicted might have no income source, face mental health issues, drug issues, or are just broke because the lost their jobs and had to spend what they have to feed themselves and their loved ones it’s not the same.

We understand this and sympathize with tenants facing challenges.

Government Must Help Tenants And Not Put A Social Justice Burden On Small “Mom and Pop” Landlords Facing Bankruptcy

Some tenants need truly help. And this help needs to come from the Ontario government. Tenant groups also need to understand this.

Small landlords don’t want to evict tenants in need, but we need to get rent to avoid “being in need” ourselves!

Here are just some of our ideas to improve the Ontario rental industry:

-The government should help tenants in need to cover rent (via a grant or interest free loan) and not be evicted by paying the landlord directly. Small landlords don’t want to evict tenants and only do so as a last resort.

-When a landlord applies for the Sheriff a mental health worker and social worker should be notified so they can help the tenant get new housing before they are evicted.

-The government should also pay landlords for any damages done the unit by the tenant and any rent owing so the landlord will not have to chase after the tenant (increasing stress on both sides).

Small Landlords Need A Fast and Efficient System To Evict Tenants After We Get A Legal Eviction!

If the public sector cannot handle the workload, it’s time to allow private bailiffs. We recommended this before and it’s an option to speed up legal evictions.

The Province must fix the system and not pass the buck to hard working small landlords who are struggling to survive! Help landlords run our businesses by not allowing anarchy. Help tenants who truly need help.

Let’s Fix The Ontario Rental Industry To Help  Both Good Landlords and Good Tenants Succeed!

Let’s evict tenants who are playing games…but also the government can help those tenants who truly need it, assist them and house them.

The Entire Burden Cannot Just Be Put On The Backs Of Hard-Working Small Landlords!

If The Ministry Can’t Run Things Outsource It To Us And We Will Make The Ontario Rental Industry Fair And The World Leader! 

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Sunday, September 13th, 2020

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