Archive for the ‘landlord advocacy’ Category

Join Our Community Team For 2022-2023

Friday, November 25th, 2022

The Ontario Landlords Association is a community association of small landlords across the province that started over a decade ago.

Our goal since Day 1 have been to raise the level of professionalism in the Ontario rental industry. Before we started there were few places to find help or advice and the concerns of small landlords were rarely mentioned in the media.

We came together as a community to make sure small landlords were aware of the rules according to the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) and followed these rules. Before we came along many small landlords had little understanding of the RTA or the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB).

Furthermore, we made it clear that landlords needed to learn the rules of the Human Rights Commission and follow them. Many small landlords were totally unaware of these important rules before we educated them.

Are you interested in joining our Volunteer Team for 2022-2023

You can help by volunteering in the following ways.

1 Sharing your experiences/advice as a small landlord in Ontario with blog posts.

2 Helping us find new great services to introduce to our community.

3 Moderating our forums.

4 Helping process new memberships.

5 Organizing meetings across the province.

6 Speaking to media to provide a fair and sophisticated view on landlord-tenant issues.

We Are All About Raising The Bar For Small Landlords To Achieve Win-Win Business Relationships With Our Tenants

For our members only, please send us your information and status as a landlord, how many volunteer hours you have available and specifically how you can help in one of the above categories.

Join Our Team! 


Thank you for the overwhelming response from small working class landlords from across the province! Submissions are now closed. We have our new team helping out in every aspect of our growing community organization. Great work everyone!

Front Page Toronto Star – Ontario Landlords Campaign Against Discrimination

Friday, October 21st, 2022

Let’s Make Sure Every Landlord In Ontario Follows The Human Rights Code And Doesn’t Discriminate in 2022

Many newcomers from around the world are arriving in Canada and deciding to rent a home before buying. Reasons can be to build a credit score to get a mortgage to wisely spending time to learn where they want to live before buying their own place.

Many Ontario landlords were surprised to read a story in the Toronto Star about a tenant applicant who was being discriminated against. Our members are still discussing this now!

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!

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LTB News To Help You Succeed: Tribunals Ontario Portal – Update

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022

TO:                 Landlord and Tenant Board Stakeholders

FROM:           Dawn Sullivan, Acting Associate Chair

                       Lindiwe Bridgewater, Acting Registrar

DATE:            August 3, 2022

RE:                 Tribunals Ontario Portal – Update

We are writing to share an update on the Tribunals Ontario Portal.

New process for receiving documents

Over the past two years, the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) has made significant progress in modernizing its services at a time where people expect user-friendly and convenient electronic options for interacting with government services.

To that end, we have added a button to the file summary page of the Tribunals Ontario Portal that allows parties to provide consent to receive documents from the LTB via the portal. By default, once a party logs into the portal the button is checked to indicate their consent. A user can uncheck the box if they want to receive communication from the LTB via regular mail. A user can also change their mind at any time about how they want to receive documents from the LTB by logging back into the portal and checking/unchecking the consent button.

If a user never logs on to the portal, they will continue to receive all correspondence from the LTB by regular mail.

Sending all correspondence by email and through the portal has benefits for both the LTB and the parties accessing LTB services. Parties will receive documents faster. The administrative burden is also reduced for LTB staff who track, print and mail out documents. This will allow them to focus on other areas that need attention to improve our service delivery.

We thank you for your continued patience as we actively work to improve our service timelines.

Sincerely,

Dawn Sullivan                                              Lindiwe Bridgewater

Acting Associate Chair                               Acting Registrar

Ontario Landlords- How Much Can I Raise the Rent in 2023?

Friday, July 1st, 2022

Ontario Landlords Can Raise the Rent 2.5% in 2023

It’s a question small mom and pop landlords all over Ontario are asking.

In Ontario, landlords (in most cases) can only raise rent every year by a certain percentage that the provincial government allows.

In past years, this percentage was purely based on the Computer Price Index (CPI) which is a measure of inflation.

For example in 2012 the allowable increase was 3.1%

According to the Rent Increase Guideline explanation the CPI is a reliable and objective way to measure inflation, see a broad picture of changes in the price of goods and services in Ontario, and a sound way to set the annual rent increase.

In June 2012, the Wynne Liberal government put forward the Resident Tenancies Amendment Act to cap the maximum amount Ontario landlords can increase the rent for tenants occupying our rental properties. 

Our members were in contact with their MPPs and then Housing Minister Kathleen Wynne about this. Wynne wrote to the Ontario Landlords Association stating this would create stable rents for tenants while landlords will still get a “fair return” to maintain high quality rentals.

This means that despite inflation, higher taxes, higher costs and higher bills landlords can only raise the rent by 2.5% in 2023.

You cannot simply tell your tenants you are going to raise the rent. There are rules and procedures you must follow.

Rules For Raising the Rent

1. The 12 Month Rule

Landlords must wait at least 12 months after tenants move in before increasing the rent.

2. The 12 Month Rule Part II

All future increases must be 12 months apart from the last increase.

3. Proper Notice

Landlords must also provide tenants with written notice 90 days before the rent goes up.

4. Use the Notice of Rent Increase Form

The Landlord and Tenant Board website has a form N1 you can use to give notice about a rent increase.

The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA)

Sunday, June 19th, 2022

More and more of our members have succeeded with small rental investments and are now investing in larger units. And many of these larger units have elevators.

Ontario Landlords Association members are proud to make sure our members put “safety first” for all aspects of our rentals to protect tenants.

One our most most important requires for our members is to always make your properties safe for your tenants.

We never want to see tragedies happen that could have been avoided had the landlords been Ontario Landlords Association members.

TSSA reached out to us:

Dear Ontario Landlords Association And Our Safety Partners,

The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) has released a communication providing an update on the new rule to enhance elevator availability in Ontario.

Here is the link to the news bulletin for information please.

Please feel free to reach out should you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA)