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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.

Front Page Toronto Star – Ontario Landlords Campaign Against Discrimination

Tuesday, June 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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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)

Become An OLA Member And Begin Running TVS Credit Checks For Only $10/Check!

Monday, May 23rd, 2022

Join the Ontario Landlords Association for a One-Time Registration Fee & Start Running TVS Credit Checks For for Only $10.00/Check.

A Huge Savings For Our Community Members!

Members of the Ontario Landlords Association follow the rules and work hard for win-win landlord-tenant relationships. Unlike other groups we stress the need for lawful tenant screening and have never had a bad tenant list. Landlords need to screen each applicant based on legal screening measures. The good news is you can run credit checks.

But not all credit checks are created equal.

There have been many opportunistic ‘start-ups’ who aren’t landlords offering services that are unstable and not what you want to use for your long term rental business success.

Toronto Star Ontario Landlords Use Credit Checks To Avoid Bad Tenants

Toronto Star – “Join a group such as the Ontario Landlords Association  where after becoming a member, you can do a credit check for as low as $10, and use their supporting materials to assist you.”

The Ontario Landlords Association is honoured to recommend our members to TVS – Tenant Verification Service Inc. For Big Discounts For Great Checks In North America

Tenant screening helps minimize the risk of renting to high-risk tenants and reduces the risk of rental income loss. This helps protect your rental investment.

TVS is a premier nationwide tenant screening service that offers a fast and efficient tenant screening service. We can:

  • provide a full credit report from Equifax
  • provide a background criminal check
  • safeguard your rental investment
Whether you are looking for a complete credit evaluation or comprehensive tenant screening, TVS provides 24/7 online access to a variety of consumer reports to meet your specific needs.
Credit reports provide valuable financial information and are great tools to evaluate your applicant’s payment habits and overall credit health.
TVS Criminal reports provide important insights that ensure you’re making better decisions on prospective tenants. Our background checks are essential tools to ensure a safer community and a protected property.

A consumer credit report can provide you with an overview of your applicant’s financial health.  You can see if they have overdue accounts, how much credit they have utilized and their history of payments.  This will help you to determine if they take their financial responsibilities seriously which is an indication of how they might treat their rental payments.

As a member of the Ontario Landlord Association, you pay only $10.00 for an Equifax Consumer Credit Report.

Run TVS Credit Checks For Success

All information received in the background investigation process will be remained by confidential, secured files with restricted access to only those who a need to know.

TVS credit checks give you tremendous information to allow you to make the right decision.

Take Control Of Your Rental Business and Succeed!

Tenants respect landlords who are professional and use the best services. They feel confident in you and will rent from you over other landlords who are not as professional.

A TVS report give you all the information you need to choose the best tenants for your property.

Non-Member Price: $21.58

OLA Members Price: $10.00 per check 

Become an OLA member for a one time community fee just to help us cover our costs and the savings is incredible when you run a premium credit check on your potential tenants with TVS!