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Become A Landlord Partner And Reach A Huge Audience

Thursday, February 1st, 2024

Does your company offer a high-quality product or service that can help landlords (big and small) succeed in running their rental businesses?

These are difficult times for many landlords. From facing fast rising mortgage rates, the costs of maintaining your rental unit, to facing some renters who manipulate the system, the list goes on and on in 2024.

We invite you to help good landlords to succeed and improve the rental industry by becoming a valued partner.

Let us know about your product or service and we can help you reach a huge audience Canada-wide.

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Landlord and Tenant Board Stakeholders

Sunday, December 10th, 2023


TO:                 Landlord and Tenant Board Stakeholders

FROM:           Ian Speers, Associate Chair

                       Lindiwe Bridgewater, Acting Registrar

DATE:            December 1, 2023

RE:                 Landlord and Tenant Board Stakeholder Meeting

Please join us on Wednesday, December 13, 2023 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for updates on our ongoing work to improve service delivery at the Landlord and Tenant Board.

Those who wish to join the meeting must register in advance at the following link:

Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link for the meeting, as well as call-in information if you wish to join by telephone.

We look forward to your attendance.


Ian Speers                                                   Lindiwe Bridgewater

Associate Chair                                           Acting Registrar

Let’s Improve The Rental Industry For Good Landlords & Good Tenants – Share Advice, Tips & More

Wednesday, March 1st, 2023
We want everyone to help out where you can! We are all about team work and people from around the country helping us make things better!
Join our community association to share stories, advice and tips on how to improve the rental industry for both small landlords and tenants.
.Share your stories with us, share your experiences, share your hopes and dreams.
.Please email us at:
Please note that due the huge volume we can’t post every story but will try our best to get your voice heard!!!

Sunday, February 19th, 2023


TO:                 Landlord and Tenant Board Stakeholders 

FROM:            Ian Speers, Associate Chair 

                         Lindiwe Bridgewater, Acting Registrar 

RE:                Landlord and Tenant Board Updates 


We are writing to provide you with an update on scheduling, and evening and weekend hearings at the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB).   

Beginning January 2023, the LTB resumed scheduling initial hearings for all landlord and tenant applications, in addition to scheduling previously adjourned matters. We’d like to advise you of the following details:

  • Urgent matters will continue to be scheduled on a priority basis. If you believe your matter warrants an earlier hearing date, you can file a Request to Extend/Shorten Time. 
  • As was done previously, L1s, and L2s and tenant merits, will be scheduled on alternating weeks (for example, week 1 will consist of L1 blocks, and week 2 will consist of L2 and tenant merit blocks). 
  • Merits hearings for Above Guideline Increase (AGI) applications continue to be scheduled. AGI Case Management Hearings will continue to be scheduled in the Spring. 
  • Motions, reviews, and co-operative housing hearings also continue to be part of the schedule as required, as well as weekly French/bilingual hearings. 
  • Online dispute resolution continues to be available for all applications filed in the Tribunals Ontario Portal. Routine mediation also continues to be available upon request for all application types.  

At our stakeholder meeting in November, we asked for feedback on the evening and weekend hearing initiative. Thank you to everyone who provided submissions. We received a lot of valuable feedback, which we are in the process of reviewing as we continue our planning. 

Our goal and priority is to provide timely and accessible dispute resolution services to the people of Ontario. We thank you for your continued patience as we work on shortening delays at the LTB.  


Ian Speers                                                            Lindiwe Bridgewater 

Associate Chair                                                    Acting Registrar 

THE OLA ‘MAKE POSITIVE CHANGE DRIVE’ – Give Proper Notice And Make Sure Your Rentals Are ‘Fire Safe’ (and have working smoke detectors)

Tuesday, January 10th, 2023

The most experienced and successful landlords in our community association know that tenants want to live in safe properties. No one should live in dangerous conditions and our members agree.

Most of our members used to rent and know finding a safe property who makes ‘house safety’ a priority is very important. This is why the latest news being discussed on our forums have many of our members unhappy and why we need to push hard to get landlords trained.

Wasaga Landlord Charged With Failing To Maintain Smoke Alarms

According to a report in Wasaga Sun via Simcoe news the owner a multi-unit rental faces nine charges.

The charges are under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act after firefighters were alerted to the situation in July.

Crews attended the building on 12th Street South on July 18, and arrived to find a resident attempting to put out a fire in one of the units with a garden hose.

In his monthly update to council, fire Chief Craig Williams said the fire was caused by a cellphone that malfunctioned while it was being charged. The resident who was trying to put out the fire was treated for smoke inhalation, and first- and second-degree burns on their hands.

The fire was contained to the one unit, though units above it had some smoke damage.

A further inspection of the entire building by firefighters led to the owner being charged with failing to install or maintain smoke alarms, a citation that carries a $360 fine for each charge if the person charged pays the fine rather than goes to court.

Should a charge go to court, Williams said, a conviction carries a fine of $50,000 per charge, and a year in jail.

“It serves as a reminder that landlords are responsible to provide working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms,” he said.

In an interview with, Williams said an alarm system in the building that uses heat detectors did go off to alert the residents to evacuate.

“However, in that complex, there are also standalone smoke alarms in each individual unit, and what we found was those standalone smoke alarms were either missing or they weren’t working,” he said.

We started our association to educate small landlords to be the landlords we always wanted to find and rent from.

Time To Make Sure Your Rentals Are Fire-Safe (and the smoke detectors are working!)

Take action NOW!

Make sure you give proper notice to your tenants and create the safe and comfortable rentals that we always wanted to find.

OLA Members Will Make Our Rentals Safe and Secure To Improve The Rental Industry! 

Our Members Will Become the Landlords We Always Wanted To Rent From!