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‘It’s one less house for people in need’: Collingwood landlord selling after being left with unpaid bills

Thursday, October 14th, 2021

Simcoe.com News: “The Ontario Landlords Association has lobbied the provincial government extremely hard during the pandemic to protect small mom-and-pop landlords,” he said.

“The good news is the (province) and the Landlord and Tenant Board are well aware of the issue due to our daily lobbying of MPPs and other officials.”

It’s a reality we are hearing across Ontario. Good small landlords who play by the rules and rent out high quality rental properties keep getting ripped off.

This leads to these high quality landlords to say “enough is enough” which leads to less quality housing around province.”

Landlord Al Truscott Is No Longer Going To Be A Housing Provider In Ontario

After 50 years of renting out properties, the retired Collingwood Collegiate teacher is selling out after a tenant left him shouldering a $1,900 water bill.

Truscott said he had no idea the bill was in arrears until he saw the envelope containing the invoice taped to the door of the unit.

The rules are just too unfair.
Tenants Kept Abusing The System And Not Paying Bills Or Rent

At one time, Truscott said, he had four properties he rented out. He started selling off his properties three years ago after a tenant skipped out on $3,000 in unpaid rent.

Along with a bill, he said, he also had to truck out three trailer loads of garbage, as well as furniture the former tenant had left in the front yard.

Truscott wonders why the Town of Collingwood didn’t give him the head’s up that the arrears were piling up.

“Otherwise,” he told Simcoe.com, “I would have dealt with it.” But no one did!

Collingwood’s treasurer Monica Quinlan said the municipality is bound by privacy legislation, and can’t notify a landlord until a disconnection notice has been served.

Too Many Small Landlords Are Getting Ripped Off And Moving On

A long-time member of the Ontario Landlords Association, said his organization has made the province and the Landlord and Tenant Board aware of the challenges many small landlords face when tenants leave behind debts or property damage.

“The Ontario Landlords Association has lobbied the provincial government extremely hard during the pandemic to protect small mom-and-pop landlords,” he said. “The good news is the (province) and the Landlord and Tenant Board are well aware of the issue due to our daily lobbying of MPPs and other officials.”

While a tenant has up to a year after vacating a property to file a grievance at the Landlord and Tenant Board, he said, a landlord has to try to track down a former tenant and go to small claims court to recover any losses.

Hopefully, changes coming to the Residential Tenancies Act will allow a landlord to avoid the small claims court process, and file against tenants who owe debts, such as a water bill, at the Landlord and Tenant Board.

“Our goal is to help both good landlords and good tenants succeed in a fair system.”

Quinlan said the town is working with Epcor to include an application for an agreement between the landlord and tenant that states the town would be entitled to communicate with the landlord on arrears.

“We have put forward many new processes to ensure that landlords are fully aware of their responsibilities with respect to water, including monthly letters that are issued to educate potential landlords as well as updates to the website and information in our tax bill insert,” she said.

A landlord can also keep the water portion of the utility bill in his or her name, as the water part of the bill follows the property (the electricity portion follows the customer).

“Water is a self-sustaining system, meaning it is not a ‘for-profit’ business — so if arrears do not get paid essentially it impacts all users,” she said.

Truscott is hoping to sit down with municipal staff to discuss the situation.

Amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 (RTA) which will take effect on September 1, 2021

Wednesday, July 28th, 2021

Ontario Landlords Association Members have been very, very active making our voices heard since the Covid pandemic hit Ontario.

Whether it’s defending landlords in major media, countering arguments by the NDP and some Tenant activist groups, or being in regular contact with MPPs and the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board, we were there.

By defending small landlords in a professional, mature and sophisticated manner that destroyed the negative stereotype of the ‘typical small landlord’ we are starting to see important changes that will help small landlords across Ontario succeed. We did it and the best is yet to come.

Please see some of the changes coming on September 1st, 2021 below.

This is a good start, but we’ve still got a lot more to go!

If you have questions or need help join our Ontario Landlord Advice Forums to network with experienced and successful Ontario landlords.

TO:                 Ontario Landlords Association Stakeholders

FROM:          Karen Restoule, Associate Chair, Lynn Dicaire, Registrar

RE:                 September 1 Amendments to the RTA – What to Expect

In response to amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 (RTA) which will take effect on September 1, 2021, the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) consulted on changes and additions to its forms and instructions, interpretation guidelines and Rules of Procedure.

Consultations were open from January 19 to February 5, 2021. During the consultation period, the LTB received 24 written responses from landlord organizations, tenant organizations, legal representatives and individuals.

We read and carefully considered all the submissions. The feedback we received has helped us to make changes that better meet the needs of tenants, landlords and their representatives. We have captured those changes in a “What We Heard” document, now posted to the Consultations page of the Tribunals Ontario website.

We want to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the changes to expect on September 1, 2021. The backgrounder September 1, 2021 Amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act, provides an overview of those changes.

Here at the LTB, we are preparing to post new and revised materials stemming from the amendments:

New materials:

  • Form L10: Application to Collect Money a Former Tenant Owes and Instructions
  • Brochure: Collecting Money a Formal Tenant Owes
  • Certificate of Service, Post-Tenancy
  • Request to Use Alternative Service Form
  • Brochure: How to Serve a Landlord or Tenant with Documents

Revised materials:

  • Rules 3,4,5
  • Guideline 11: Eviction for Failure to Pay Rent
  • Guideline 12: Eviction for Personal Use, Demolition, Repairs and Conversion
  • Form L2: Application to End a Tenancy and Evict a Tenant and Form Instructions
  • Form T5: Landlord Gave a Notice of Termination in Bad Faith and Form Instructions

The LTB will accept the current versions of the L2 and T5 forms until September 30, 2021. Beginning October 1, only the new versions of the forms will be accepted.

We will be back in touch on Wednesday, September 1 to provide links to these new materials.

The LTB would like to thank everyone who provided comments and suggestions during our consultation process. While we may not have addressed all concerns or implemented all suggestions that have been submitted, we remain committed to providing fair, effective and timely dispute resolution services to the people of Ontario.

Sincerely,

Karen Restoule                    Lynn Dicaire

Associate Chair                    Registrar

How To Speed Up Getting Your Landlord & Tenant Board (LTB) Hearing

Thursday, July 1st, 2021

Covid hit the province of Ontario hard. This led to the closings of courts and tribunals in 2020 leading to a huge backlog in cases.

While the LTB has made some important changes to help landlords in the past year, we are still faced with these long delays in getting an LTB Hearing. Many small landlords have gone for months not receiving any rent while their non-paying tenants remain in the property.

Small landlords need quicker access to justice. Fortunately the LTB has listened to our members comments and has created a way for small landlords to shorten the time to get a Hearing.

Join our expert discussion on this and other important topics in our landlord forums.

 

TO:                 Ontario Landlord Association Stakeholders

FROM:           Karen Restoule, Associate Chair, Lynn Dicaire, Registrar

RE:                 New Guideline and Updated Form

As discussed during our stakeholder meetings over the past months, the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) created Interpretation Guideline 22 regarding Covid-19 Issues, and updated its Request to Extend or Shorten Time form and accompanying instructions.

Interpretation Guideline 22 – Covid-19 Issues

This is a temporary Guideline that addresses issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic and will be revoked on a date to be determined by the LTB.

Interpretation Guidelines are intended to assist parties in understanding the LTB’s usual interpretation of the law, to provide guidance to members and promote consistency in decision-making. However, a member is not required to follow a Guideline and may make a different decision depending on the facts of the case.

Interpretation Guideline 22, and all LTB guidelines, can be found on our Rules, Practice Direction, Guidelines webpage.

Request to Shorten Time 

The LTB’s Request to Extend or Shorten Time form and accompanying instructions have been updated to make clearer the criteria adjudicators consider when deciding these requests.

The Request to Extend or Shorten Time form and instructions can be found on our Forms webpage.

Thank you for your ongoing engagement with the LTB. These changes are a result of the many discussions that we have had with stakeholders about improving the user experience for LTB parties.

Karen Restoule                    Lynn Dicaire

Associate Chair                    Registrar

The Landlord and Tenant Board Listened To The OLA To Help & Protect Good Landlords and Tenants

Friday, June 11th, 2021

The LTB Has Changed The Law To Ensure Fair LTB Hearings

Over recent months some individuals and some organized groups have attempted to disrupt Landlord and Tenant Board Hearings in an obtrusive manner.

This included recording Hearings, posting recordings online and harassing landlords and adjudicators.

Many small Ontario landlords who have had a Hearing have commented that these disruptions severely interfered with integrity and fairness of the LTB proceedings.

As important stake-holders we reached out to the LTB with a fair and strong message, as we have done for over a decade.

Our recommended changes have now been made into law!

It’s important to note that this amendment does not restrict or change the ability of members of the public to observe hearings. So it’s fair.

Observers are not permitted to disrupt the hearing in any way, and the LTB has the authority to issue directions or orders necessary to control the hearing process.

The OLA is happy our advice have been made into law and actions have been taken to protect both good landlords and good tenants.

It’s also stopped bad people from both sides from obstructing justice.

 

DATE:            June 8, 2021

TO:                 Ontario Landlord Association Stakeholders

FROM:           Karen Restoule, Associate Chair and Lynn Dicaire, Registrar

RE:                 SPPA Amendments

The Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) is committed to delivering administrative justice in a manner that is transparent, fair, independent, and accessible in accordance with the open court principle.

As you may know, there have been incidents of individuals and some organized groups recording LTB hearings without permission and posting the recordings on social media.

Effective June 3, 2021, a new section 29 has been added to the Statutory Powers Procedure Act making it an offence to record or publish a tribunal hearing unless an exception applies. Exceptions include unobtrusive recordings made by a party, representative or member of the media if authorized by the tribunal. The amendment was included in the Ontario government’s Supporting Recovery and Competitiveness Act, 2021.

This provision is similar to restrictions on recording court proceedings contained in the Courts of Justice Act. This amendment will help Tribunals Ontario ensure the integrity and fairness of its proceedings.

It’s important to note that this amendment does not restrict or change the ability of members of the public to observe hearings. LTB hearings are open to the public, unless an LTB adjudicator has determined that a specific hearing should be closed to the public in accordance with the LTB Rules of Procedure.  Observers are not permitted to disrupt the hearing in any way, and the LTB has the authority to issue directions or orders necessary to control the hearing process.

Sincerely,

Karen Restoule                    Lynn Dicaire

Associate Chair                    Registrar

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Thursday, April 1st, 2021

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It used to be you could rely on a handshake or a good chat with your potential tenant and decide to rent to them. The harsh reality is those days are over.

It’s essential every small landlord runs a credit check to make sure they know who they are renting to.

It’s now also essential landlords understand the need to use the most professional companies to run these checks and avoid scams.

You Can Stand Out To Great Tenants As A Professional Win-Win Oriented Landlord By Using Services From the Leading Background Check Provider In Canada

Recently there have been a lot of shady small start-up companies that are offering “services” for small landlords.

These companies have upset good tenants because of things like secretly adding them to illegal “bad tenant lists”, allowing defamatory comments on their sites and even not even requiring tenants to consent for their information being used.

There are already investigations, disputes, and lawsuits starting and lots of negative media and reports.

It’s a ticking time-bomb that you need to avoid.

Let’s face it- the best tenants are going to avoid landlords who use shady services and want to rent from landlords who use the best!.

If you were a great tenant you would want a landlord who runs credit checks with the leading background check company in Canada (With Your Privacy Protected)!

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