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Ontario Landlords Campaign Against Discrimination

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

Let’s Make Sure Every Landlord In Ontario Follows The Human Rights Code And Doesn’t Discriminate

Many Ontario landlords were surprised to read a story in the Toronto Star about a tenant applicant who was being discriminated against.

This was an applicant most experienced and successful landlords would consider to potentially be an ideal tenant…someone we all want to rent from us.

She had a strong financial history (with good credit and a good job). She was established with good references.

However, she found herself being regularly refused by landlords because, she believes, strictly due to her race.

It was not only surprising but also shocking because our members are aware of the Human Rights Code and follow it.

Ontario Landlords Association Defends Small Landlords

A member of the Ontario Landlords Association was in the Toronto Star story defending all the good landlords out there. The member explained:  

“We educate our members on the laws and rules in Ontario.  We also educate landlords on what ‘really matters’ when screening (such as a credit and reference check, conversations with the tenants, etc.)”

“We teach you should never turn away a qualified tenant applicant because of their race, place of birth or beliefs.”

In our Ontario landlord forum one landlord commented on the Star story:

“You would have to be nuts to not rent to qualified applicants no matter where they are from or what they look like. These must be very inexperienced landlords and they won’t last.”

Another member said – “This makes us all look bad! I’m angry at these landlords! Learn the law!”

Ontario Landlords Association Members Follow The Rules

Our province-wide landlord community wants to fix the system to help good landlords, good tenants and increase the rental supply in Ontario.

This is the reason our province-wide community organization started over a decade ago…to improve the rental industry for both good landlords and good tenants.

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Mississauga Landlords – Tenant Human Rights Matter Settled

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

April 2nd, 2013

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Successful Landlords Know It’s Important to Know and Follow the Laws and Rules for Running A Rental Business in Ontario

In a February homepage story, the OLA reported on a story of a newcomer to Canada who filed a human rights complaint against a landlord in Mississauga, Ontario.

Rafiqul Islam told the OHRC he wanted to rent from rental property from a landlord in Mississauga, Ontario. He said the Mississauga landlord demanded Islam pay a full year of rent in order to be accepted in to the property.

This is against the Human Rights Commission of Ontario rules.

After seeing an advertisement outside an apartment building at 2365 Confederation Parkway in Mississauga, Islam said he applied for a bachelor apartment and paid a deposit for first and last month’s rent. He used his brother as a co-signer. This was on November 5th, 2010.

Ten days later Islam was told he would have to pay not just ‘first and last’ but the full year of rent. This led Islam to file and human rights complaint. It’s clear the company didn’t know or adhere to the rules which is why it’s important to hire property management companies that do.

In March the human rights complaint was settled.

The owner of the property, Helrit Investments Inc. and Trevi Construction Limited said they regretted what happened.

Helrit Investments Inc. spokesperson Dina Krznaric said her company never had any policy that would lead to newcomers to Canada having to pay one year of rent up front which would contravene the Ontario Human Rights Code.

She continued by stating “Discriminating against people as they are starting to build a new life in this country is most certainly not something our company promotes.”

She also said her company is welcoming to tenants from all over and understands newcomers are protected by the Human Rights Code. Helti would make sure all their employees understand the Human Rights Code and this type of situation would not happen again.

Bruce Best was Islam’s lawyer from the Human Rights Legal Support Centre.  Best stated,While we appreciate Helrit’s cooperation, this remains a wide-spread practice in Ontario and one that must be addressed in a larger way.”

The Ontario Landlords Association agrees with Mr. Best.  It’s important for landlords to know laws and rules to run a rental business in Ontario.Knowledge is power and it adds us to a successful business.

To discuss this and other Ontario Landlord and Tenant issues, come to the largest Landlord Forum in Canada.