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The Nov. 30/2020 Change To the RTA Is KEY! Tenants Can Demand “In Person” LTB Hearings! “Online Hearings” Are Unfair And Break Your Human Rights!

Wednesday, January 6th, 2021

Tenants Can Now LEGALLY DEMAND  Illegal “In Person” LTB Hearings To Avoid the Unfair, Unlawful, Illegitimate “On-Line Hearings!”

Protect Your Human Rights! Here Is How You Can Do It

Tenant heroes are fighting hard to physically stop evictions and have all the right intentions. The problem is this isn’t working and tenants need a new strategy.

Comrades from all over Ontario need to begin focusing on legal and political tactics to protect us from the evil forces that want to kill us all. We need to use legal loop-holes now and then focus on changing the government using the state (and the bureaucracy and the police) for our goals.

With the power of the state in our grasp we can use the state as our weapon, and not Ford’s weapon.

It may seem weird that the best advice for tenants is found on the biggest small landlords site. This is because they allow us to post without censorship.

The Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board is now having “Online Hearings”. These hearings are horrific and unfair and have made the Landlord and Tenant Board an “eviction factory”.

They also break the Ontario Human Rights Code For Landlords And Tenants.

Online Hearings Are Designed To Take Away Your Legal Rights And Evict You! This Isn’t The “Canadian Way” And It’s Illegal!

A recent story on CP24 news said that with the Landlord and Tenant Board “Online Hearings” tenants are show no mercy and act so fast to evict you they don’t even allow you to assert your human rights!

‘People are being shown no mercy,’ advocates warn in Ontario’s online-only tenancy hearings

According to the news experts stated: “It’s bad enough in normal times for people to lose their homes and to be treated unfairly an administrative proceeding. But it can be life or death in the kind of situation we’re in now,

The Online Hearings Are Not Fair and Not Right!

The experts continued: “the shift to an online-only hearing model has made it harder for tenants to present their circumstances or access legal advice, including through ACTO’s duty counsel program.”

Lawyers must now introduce themselves to tenants in the virtual session, in front of all other participants, and both need to exit the meeting to speak privately.

Tenant lawyers are entering “chaotic” hearing situations where they struggle to make themselves heard.

NDP Housing Critic Says Online Hearings Leading To Human Rights Violations And Must Stop!

Amazing NDP Housing Critic and Future Housing Minister Suze Morrison, who introduced the motion, said the online hearing format isn’t accessible for people with visual impairments or those who don’t have stable internet access, among other challenges. Evictions must stop because of this unfairness.

“I’m deeply concerned that there are human rights violations happening here,” Morrison said 

But it goes beyond mercy and goes to breaking the law!!

Let’s look at just a couple of the abuses here! Canada isn’t a “banana republic” but LTB “online hearings” are!

What’s Wrong With Online Hearings? Take A Look At This Corruption! With Online Hearings You Have No Rights. 

Look at this goofball destroying lives:

 

 

Tenants Can Demand “In Person” Hearings To Protect Your Human Rights (The LTB Doesn’t Want You To Know This!)

A very important change happened on November 30, 2020 that the Heroic Tenant Fighters have not been fully aware of and tenants don’t know about!

On November 30, 2020 the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB)  said requests for in-person hearings would be considered on a case-by-case basis to ensure people are accommodated under the Human Rights Code. As of mid-December, Tribunals Ontario had not confirmed if any in-person hearings had been approved.

Let’s take a look at the new rules:

November 30, 2020

Updated Practice Direction on Hearing Formats

Effective November 30, 2020, Tribunals Ontario has an updated Practice Direction on Hearing Formats. The Practice Direction outlines Tribunals Ontario’s approach to determining the format of the hearing that will be held, and how a party can request a different hearing format.The updated Practice Direction is part of Tribunals Ontario’s digital transformation to enhance the quality of dispute resolution services while meeting the diverse needs of Ontarians. The digital-first approach will continue even when the pandemic is over.

“Our approach to digital first is to create more convenient, accessible and timely access to justice but it’s not digital only. We are ensuring people who need a different hearing format are supported when they need it.” said Sean Weir, Executive Chair at Tribunals Ontario.

Matters will be scheduled for video, telephone or written proceedings unless a different format is required as an accommodation for an Ontario Human Rights Code-related need, or unless a party can establish that the specified hearing format will result in an unfair hearing.

All Tribunals Ontario’s hearing centres are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Currently, a party can contact the tribunal to make a request for an in-person proceeding. The tribunal will determine whether the matter will proceed in a different hearing format or whether it will proceed as an in-person proceeding. Tribunals Ontario will schedule limited in-person events when we are able to do so safely.

When in-person proceedings are available, Tribunals Ontario’s hearing centres will adhere to strict health and safety measures to protect staff, adjudicators and Ontarians. More details about safety protocols at hearing centres will be provided later this winter.

Tribunals Ontario is committed to providing fair, effective and timely dispute resolution services to the people of Ontario.

Read more here.

 

 

Tenants Have Human Rights In Ontario, But You Must Demand Your Rights

Ontario landlords must obey the Ontario Human Rights Code For Landlords and Tenants

Tribunals Ontario is committed to providing fair, effective and timely dispute resolution services to the people of Ontario

Housing is a human right

International law says that people in Canada should be able to get good housing that they can afford. To help achieve this in Ontario, tenants and landlords (or housing providers) have rights and responsibilities under the Human Rights Code.

Under the Code, everyone has the right to equal treatment in housing without discrimination and harassment. As a landlord, you are responsible for making sure the housing you operate is free from discrimination and harassment.

People cannot be refused an apartment, bothered by a landlord or other tenants, or otherwise treated unfairly because of their:

  • race, colour or ethnic background
  • religious beliefs or practices
  • ancestry, including people of Aboriginal descent
  • place of origin
  • citizenship, including refugee status
  • sex (including pregnancy and gender identity)
  • family status
  • marital status, including people with a same-sex partner
  • disability
  • sexual orientation
  • age, including people who are 16 or 17 years old and no longer living with their parents
  • receipt of public assistance.

People are also protected if they face discrimination because of being a friend or relative of someone identified above.

Where do housing rights apply?

The right to equal treatment without discrimination applies when renting or buying a unit (for example, in a high rise apartment, condo, co-op or house). This right also applies to choosing or evicting tenants, occupancy rules and regulations, repairs, the use of related services and facilities, and the general enjoyment of the premises.

As a landlord or housing provider, you are one of the people responsible for making sure tenants’ human rights are respected. Government legislators, policy makers, planners and program designers, tribunals and courts must also make sure their activities, strategies and decisions address discrimination issues in housing.

Choosing tenants

The Code says what business practices are acceptable and what information you may ask for when choosing tenants:

  • Rental history, credit references and/or credit checks may be requested. A lack of rental or credit history should not be viewed negatively.
  • You can ask for income information, but you must also ask for and consider it together with any available information on rental history, credit references and credit checks (such as through Equifax Canada).
  • You can only consider income information on its own when no other information is made available.
  • You can only use income information to confirm the person has enough income to cover the rent. Unless you are providing subsidized housing, it is illegal to apply a rent-to-income ratio such as a 30% cut-off rule.

You can ask for a “guarantor” to sign the lease – but only if you have the same requirements for all tenants, not just for people identified by Code grounds, such as recent immigrants or people receiving social assistance.

Accommodating tenant needs

You have a legal duty to accommodate tenants (meet special needs they may have) if they have real needs, based on Code grounds. You must accommodate up to the point of undue hardship, based on cost, the availability of outside sources of funding, or health and safety concerns.

For example, for a tenant with a disability, you might need to make changes to a unit, a building entrance, sidewalks or parking areas.

Some tenants need changes to rules and practices to accommodate changing family situations or religious practices. Sometimes a tenant who is unwell or who disrupts others (either because of a disability or due to that person being the target of discrimination themselves) may need help. You should assess your role to see if there are things you can do as a landlord to help the situation.

You and your tenants share the responsibility for making the accommodation work. You must take an active role in the process and work with tenants in good faith to find the best solution. If your tenant provides you with medical or other personal information, you must keep it private.

Landlords must work with tenants to find and put in place the most appropriate accommodation as soon as possible. If this cannot be done without causing undue hardship, or if it will take a long time, you must provide interim or “next-best” accommodation.

Special programs and circumstances for housing

Under the Code, special programs are permitted to help a group of people who are disadvantaged based on Code grounds, as long as these programs meet the requirements the Code sets out. Examples would include setting up housing designed for older people, people with disabilities or university students with families.

When the Code does not apply

The Code does not apply in the case of a disagreement or “personality conflict” with a landlord or another tenant unrelated to a Code ground, or if a tenant shares a bathroom or kitchen with the owner or the owner’s family.

You can advance human rights in housing

Housing providers can take a number of steps to prevent discrimination and harassment and address human rights in rental housing by developing:

  • anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies
  • plans for reviewing and removing barriers
  • procedures for responding to accommodation requests
  • procedures for resolving disputes quickly and effectively
  • education and training programs.

It is important to make sure that organizational rules, policies, procedures, decision-making processes and culture do not create barriers, and do not cause discrimination. Areas where barriers could exist include wait-list and eligibility criteria, and occupancy rules including guest policies and bedroom requirements,

Follow some key human rights principles:

  • design inclusively – which means thinking about people’s possible accommodation needs before you design your building, set up your rules, etc., so that your housing does not cause new barriers
  • identify and remove existing barriers
  • maximize integration – which means setting up housing and programs that are inclusive, where everybody can take part
  • look at the needs of individuals. and consider the best possible solution

 

How You Can Use The New Rules Made On Nov. 30, 2020 And Win!

Remember the Landlord and Tenant Board has clearly stated the following:

“Matters will be scheduled for video, telephone or written proceedings unless a different format is required as an accommodation for an Ontario Human Rights Code-related need, or unless a party can establish that the specified hearing format will result in an unfair hearing.”

This is the loop hole to protect you and your family!

Who Can Demand An “In Person Hearing” Based On Human Rights Rules For Landlords?

Let’s take a look at the rules again:

Accommodating tenant needs

Landlords have a legal duty to accommodate tenants (meet special needs they may have) if they have real needs, based on Code grounds. You must accommodate up to the point of undue hardship, based on cost, the availability of outside sources of funding, or health and safety concerns.

For example, for a tenant with a disability, you might need to make changes to a unit, a building entrance, sidewalks or parking areas.

Some tenants need changes to rules and practices to accommodate changing family situations or religious practices. Sometimes a tenant who is unwell or who disrupts others (either because of a disability or due to that person being the target of discrimination themselves) may need help. You should assess your role to see if there are things you can do as a landlord to help the situation.

You and your tenants share the responsibility for making the accommodation work. You must take an active role in the process and work with tenants in good faith to find the best solution. If your tenant provides you with medical or other personal information, you must keep it private.

Landlords must work with tenants to find and put in place the most appropriate accommodation as soon as possible. If this cannot be done without causing undue hardship, or if it will take a long time, you must provide interim or “next-best” accommodation.

Special programs and circumstances for housing

Under the Code, special programs are permitted to help a group of people who are disadvantaged based on Code grounds, as long as these programs meet the requirements the Code sets out. Examples would include setting up housing designed for older people, people with disabilities or university students with families.

 

Tenants Facing Eviction Need To Go On Offence And Demand “In Person” Landlord And Tenant Board Hearings Based On Your Human Rights!

-Landlords have a legal duty to accommodate tenants (meet special needs they may have) if they have real needs, based on Code grounds. You must accommodate up to the point of undue hardship, based on cost, the availability of outside sources of funding, or health and safety concerns.

-For example, for a tenant with a disability, you might need to make changes to a unit, a building entrance, sidewalks or parking areas.

-Some tenants need changes to rules and practices to accommodate changing family situations or religious practices.

-Sometimes a tenant who is unwell or who disrupts others (either because of a disability or due to that person being the target of discrimination themselves) may need help. You should assess your role to see if there are things you can do as a landlord to help the situation.

-You and your tenants share the responsibility for making the accommodation work. You must take an active role in the process and work with tenants in good faith to find the best solution. If your tenant provides you with medical or other personal information, you must keep it private.

-Landlords must work with tenants to find and put in place the most appropriate accommodation as soon as possible. If this cannot be done without causing undue hardship, or if it will take a long time, you must provide interim or “next-best” accommodation.

-Special programs and circumstances for housing

Under the Code, special programs are permitted to help a group of people who are disadvantaged based on Code grounds, as long as these programs meet the requirements the Code sets out. Examples would include setting up housing designed for older people, people with disabilities or university students with families.

Tenants Facing Eviction Can Go Offence And Demand “In Person” Landlord And Tenant Board Hearings.

While Online Hearings are unjust, In-Person Hearings are fair and you will have legal rights.

Online Hearings are a trap that will get you evicted and destroyed!

Also, In Person Hearings will be delayed for months so you don’t need to worry about being evicted like cattle being slaughtered to make hamburger.

Find part of the Ontario Human Rights Codes That Fits Your Situation and Demand A Formal, Real “In-Person” Hearing and Win!

File a Tenant Rights T2 Form against your landlord and explain you couldn’t pay rent (or didn’t pay rent) because your landlord broke the Ontario Human Rights Code!

The Human Rights Code won’t be legal if you share a bathroom/kitchen with your landlord or you are just having a “disagreement” with your landlord. So make sure to explain your situation is not just a “disagreement” but the landlord is breaking your Human Rights! This will mean you have the legal right to an “in person” hearing!

Remember, according the Human Rights Codes Landlords MUST ACCOMDATE TENANT NEEDS.

For Example:

1. Landlords have a legal duty to accommodate tenants (meet special needs they may have) if they have real needs, based on Code grounds. You must accommodate up to the point of undue hardship, based on cost, the availability of outside sources of funding, or health and safety concerns.

For example, if you are feeling sick or have an injury  you might need to make changes to a unit, a building entrance, sidewalks or parking areas.

IF THE LANDLORD DIDN’T MAKE THESE CHANGES THEY ARE BREAKING THE ONTARIO HUMAN RIGHTS CODE.

2. Some tenants need changes to rules and practices to accommodate changing family situations or religious practices. Sometimes a tenant who is unwell  may need help. 

SO IF YOU WERE SICK OR LOST YOUR JOB AND UNWELL YOUR LANDLORD NEEDS TO MAKE SURE THEY HELP YOU OR THEY ARE BREAKING THE HUMAN RIGHTS CODE.

3. Landlords and your tenants share the responsibility for making the accommodation work. Landlords must take an active role in the process and work with tenants in good faith to find the best solution.

YOUR LANDLORD MUST BE RESPONSIBLE FOR TRYING TO MAKE YOUR ACCOMMODATION WORK. THEY CAN’T JUST LEGALLY KICK YOU OUT WITHOUT DOING SO.

4. If your tenant provides you with medical or other personal information, you must keep it private.

YOUR LANDLORD MUST KEEP ALL YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION PRIVATE. THEY CAN’T MAKE BILLBOARDS OR ‘BAD TENANT LISTS’ OR THEY WILL BE FINED

5. Landlords must work with tenants to find and put in place the most appropriate accommodation as soon as possible. If this cannot be done without causing undue hardship, or if it will take a long time, you must provide interim or “next-best” accommodation.

IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH YOUR RENTAL (FOR EXAMPLE IT’S TOO EXPENSIVE DURING THE PANDEMIC) YOUR LANDLORD MUST HAVE TRIED TO OVER YOU INTERIM ACCOMMOCATION.

There Is An Eviction Blitz And The Landlords Are Paper Tigers Who Are Getting Easy Evictions ONLY Because of Corrupt On-Line Hearings! Only A Corrupt Fascist Gov’t With Massive Foreign Funding Is Causing People To Be Evicted And Suffering!

Fight Back And Get Your In Person Hearing And Avoid Being Evicted Due To Banana-Republic Style Corruption And Political Manipulation

When ideology clashed with opportunism, Lenin invariably chose the tactical path above doctrinal purity https://www.historyextra.com/period/20th-century/vladimir-lenin-who-power-rise-how-russian-revolution/

Tenant Groups We Know The On-Line LTB Hearings Are Corrupt. Ford Won’t Fix Them! We Must Help Every Tenant Get An In-Person Hearing NOW! When We Control The State We Can Defund The Sheriff Instead Of Fighting On Their Fascist Terms! Do It!

 

The Ontario Landlords Association is the Recognized Voice For Residential Landlords in Ontario

Sunday, January 3rd, 2021

 

“The Ministry greatly values the role the Ontario Landlords Association and its members play in providing quality, affordable rental housing in Ontario and recognizes the OLA provides an important voice for small private residential landlords.”

Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

 

NEW YEAR EMERGENCY FOR TENANTS – Don’t Go To The Corrupt LTB! You Don’t Have To Pay A Cent To Your LL! Just Move And Start Over With A New Landlord (And Don’t Pay!)

Saturday, January 2nd, 2021

Landlords can’t collect arrears for rent due or damages once Tenants receive a “Termination Notice” (N4) and move out!

“Pay this amount by…OR MOVE OUT BY THE TERMINATION DATE” (AND DON’T OWE A CENT!)

DO NOT GO TO THE LTB IN IT’S CURRENT FORM

The Ontario Landlord Tenant Board has become a crazy, illegal and an illegitimate “eviction machine.”

Tenants have no rights, laws and Tenant Rights are being trampled on! Even if you are right and should win, you will lose. It is not a lawful court, it’s a political fake court.

Tenant lawyers are avoiding this horrible abuse of justice and going to real courts with real judges.

The Ontario Human Commission is going to try to fine and put some of the LTB staff in jail in 2021!

Even Canada’s largest newspaper the Toronto Star is calling the Landlord and Tenant board unfair and not following the laws because Ford and the corporate landlords want tenants evicted fast!

You Can’t Win At The Corrupt Ontario Landlord And Tenant Board Even If You Are 100% Right And Your Landlord Is 100% Wrong!

Tenant heroes have revealed the truth. Unfortunately they have not realized they need to change their strategy as the LTB corruption has gone so far it’s now fascist!

Tenants simply have no rights and are being evicted illegally and ordered to pay ridiculous amounts of money when we are in the 2nd lock down and the economy has stopped!

Remember back then Ford said we don’t need to pay rent, but now there are illegal evictions happening under the cover of  the night like a 3rd world Banana republic or like Stalin and Hitler!

Here Is The Best Path For Tenants To Survive And Win – Avoid the Corrupt LTB!

Before Your LTB Hearing Make Sure You Move Out!  This Way You Can Avoid Paying All The Rent Owed And Start Again With A New Landlord!

An N4 Means You Can Legally Leave And Not Have To Pay Your Landlord Because Your Landlord Terminated The Lease/Contract!

1. If You Get The N4 And Want To Move Without Paying A Cent

We wrote about this before. See HERE. You just move and your landlord has to “eat all the costs”.

2. If You Got the N4 Months Ago And Have An LTB Hearing Date

This is a bit more complicated but easy to to. You just stay and don’t pay rent beyond the “termination date” and don’t pay rent for months.  Don’t contact you landlord at all and create fake “evidence” you did move out before the “termination date” in the N4.

You can see in the Residential Tenancies Act, Section 37, that states that once the landlord gives the Tenant a notice of termination, the tenancy ends of that date of termination the landlord put in the notice. So Tenants owe nothing because it’s the landlord cancelling the lease.

Previously there was confusion over tenants “leaving’ could somehow be liable for the remaining lease months or damages. We used to argue over this all the time at the old now defunct Federation of Metro Tenants Association forum.

THE RULES ARE CRYSTAL CLEAR!

With the Rental Fairness Act by former Premier Wynne we finally got some real clear facts on once the Tenant gets the termination date, you break your lease:

134(1.1) No landlord shall, directly or indirectly, with respect to any rental unit, collect or require or attempt to collect or require from a former tenant of the rental unit any amount of money purporting to be rent in respect of,

(a) any period after the tenancy has terminated and the tenant has vacated the rental unit; or

(b) any period after the tenant’s interest in the tenancy has terminated and the tenant has vacated the rental unit. 2017, c. 13, s. 24 (2).

What Does This Mean For Tenants? It Means You Can Get Out of Your Lease Easily and Legally And Don’t Have To Pay If You Agree With Your Landlord’s N4 And Move Out!

And landlords cannot go after you in small claims court or at the Landlord and Tenant Board for breaking the lease, because it’s landlords who told YOU TO MOVE AND BREAK THE LEASE.

“GREAT, I just made up evidence I moved out during the termination date and now the lease is frustrated and landlords can’t get a dime from me! I’ll just rent a new apartment and not pay again…I need to fight to survive!”

Remember, if the landlord gives you a notice with a “termination date” of “do this or the tenancy ends” you can just….don’t do what they say…and break the lease and is all over!

How Can I Do This? I’m Not An Expert?

It’s super easy.

Don’t Pay Rent and Get the N4

So you haven’t paid because you needed money to survive during the Covid pandemic? You didn’t pay because evil swine-pig Doug Ford said you don’t have to pay?

And your landlord gave you the N4….

You probably haven’t even got your LTB Hearing yet.

If you do, get a Hearing Date You Will Lose At the LTB, Get Evicted And Owe Your Landlords Lots of Money

1. …THE SOLUTION IS JUST MOVE BEFORE THE TERMINATION DATE

2. …MOVE OUT BEFORE YOUR HEARING…BUT YOU MUST CREATE HE SAID/SHE SAID EVIDENCE YOU MOVED OUT BEFORE THE N4 TERMINATION DATE!!

The landlord will give you an N4 ‘Pay Up or Be Evicted Notice’ with a termination date. The termination date will usually be 15 days after they give the notice. Since they are the ones who want to terminate the lease you just don’t pay and agree with them…and there is nothing the landlord can do!

Again, here’s how it works.

Step 1 – Rent is Due

Step 2 – You Don’t Pay Rent

Step 3 – The landlord wants your money so will give you N4 Notice to End The Tenancy For Non-Payment of Rent

Step 4 – The N4 says: “Pay this amount by…. (This is called the termination date) or Move Out By the Termination Date

Step 5 – Just move out  BEORE THE TERMINATION DATE

OR

BEFORE YOUR  LTB HEARING. (But you need to create evidence you moved out during the termination date (such as creating a new lease at another address)

Yes, this works and with the corrupt LTB it’s a way for Tenant Survivors to keep our money and find a new rental property with the money we saved not paying your former landlord!

Document Your Move Out And Contact A Legal Aid Clinic To Represent You…You Must Have A Voice At Your Hearing And Tenants Get Free Lawyers!

Many landlords will try to lie and say you are still there. So make sure you go to Legal Aid and tell them you have moved out so they will “represent you at the Hearing”.

The landlord will lie “they are still there”…but your Free Legal Aid Representative can show evidence you moved.

How Can I Provide Evidence I Moved?

-Take Pictures of the Unit Empty And Vacant

-Get A Witness Or Two To Sign The Pictures

-Send An Email or Text To Your Landlord (keep copies!) Telling Them You Have Moved As They Requested

-Ready Your New Lease For Your New Apartment To Prove You Moved

Tenants must be aware the Landlord and Tenant Board is no longer legitimate and must be avoided.

Make sure you:

-Create evidence you moved out by the termination date (even if you didn’t)

-Make sure you get legal aid help to freely represent you and provide this evidence to make sure even if you lived a year rent free you will own NOTHING!

The best way to go forward is to not pay rent, move out before your Hearing, and find a new rental.

And in this 2nd Stage of the Covid Lock Down you just find a new rental, pay “first and last” and don’t pay again! So you won’t have to pay for another 8-12 months then you can move again using the same “N4” strategy and get away with no consequences!

It’s called survival. Take Action To Protect Your Life And Your Family!

Vote NDP or Liberal because it was Premier Wynne who worked so hard to protect Tenants in 2017, not evil Ford.

Ontario Landlord Tenant Board Is Facing New Challenges And Needs Your Help

Friday, January 1st, 2021

Let’s Fix The Landlord and Tenant Board in 2021

Small Ontario landlords were happy when the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) finally re-opened and began having video hearings.

The LTB had been closed for months and this led to some tenants not paying rent. Not getting rent created severe financial challenges for thousands of small ‘mom and pop’ landlords all over Ontario.

A Disaster For Small Landlords

Some landlords even had to sell their rental properties because they needed rent in order to help cover their mortgages, property taxes, and increasingly expensive maintenance costs.

Many others had to max out their credit cards, get loans and borrow money just to keep from going bankrupt. They are now worried about getting the needed income to pay for these huge debts.

For many small landlords the LTB shut down was a nightmare.

When the LTB finally re-opened small landlords felt better and began to trust the system to help them. However, there was great frustration within our community over the long wait times to get a hearing date.

Finally, over the past couple of months the LTB has started to operate efficiently to clear the incredibly long backlog of cases.

Small landlords, at last, began to see the light at the end of the dark, long tunnel.

Tenant Groups: The Landlord and Tenant Board Is In a “Crisis”

Now that hearings have started many tenant groups are unhappy and want to shut down the LTB.

They say there is a crisis at the Landlord and Tenant Board.

They claim that the online hearings are unfair to tenants who have not been treated with respect. In addition, they say some LTB adjudicators are not acting professionally and denying tenants their legal rights.

This led the NDP to call for a shut down of the LTB

The NDP wants to shut down the LTB and ban evictions.

All tenants get free legal help (no matter their income) and the legal clinics have reached out to the Human Rights Commission to halt Hearings and re-examine LTB decisions over the past few months.

Ontario Small Landlords Need The LTB To Remain Open…We Also Want Fairness for Both Good Landlords And Good Tenants

Most small ‘mom and pop’ landlords are good, working class people who want to create high quality, affordable housing. We want to take care of our tenants and our rentals and hope it can help provide a little bit of cash flow and help us during our retirement.

We used to rent ourselves and have relatives and friends who rent now. We have nothing against good tenants and just want a fair, efficient system to help both good landlords and good tenants.

These are challenging times and the LTB reached out to the Ontario Landlords Association to ask for our members help.

This was sent to us by the leadership of the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board:

December 22, 2020

TO:                 Ontario Landlords Association Stakeholders

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

RE:                 Year-end Message from the LTB Associate Chair and Registrar

It has been a hard year for so many of us, and for so many reasons.

As a result of COVID-19, LTB operations have transformed at unprecedented speed and scale. Our service counters remain closed and hearings continue to be conducted by videoconference, teleconference, and through written submissions.

The LTB has been working continuously to offer quality dispute resolution for the thousands of people across the province who rely on us while prioritizing the health and safety of all.

During this change, we would like to express our appreciation for you, our stakeholders, for your patience, cooperation, and shared commitment to fair and timely dispute resolution.

In July, as a result of amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 (RTA) the LTB proposed changes to its Rules, guidelines, and forms and opened the door to public and stakeholder input. In August and September, we met virtually with more than 15 stakeholder groups and received more than 40 written submissions. Since then, we have met virtually with more than 18 stakeholder groups.

Your willingness to engage openly and honestly with the LTB has been important to our process. Not only did we receive helpful feedback on the proposed changes to our materials and procedures as a result of Bill 184, but you also raised concerns and offered advice related to topics like virtual hearings, electronic filing, and the use of alternative dispute resolution.

The LTB is committed to open and ongoing stakeholder engagement. We value your experience and perspective on landlord and tenant matters.

In January, we will organize another round of engagement meetings with stakeholders. These meetings will complement a call for written feedback on proposed changes to guidelines and forms for upcoming RTA changes related to Bill 184. We welcome your input on our proposed changes to our processes and procedures. We hope you will participate.

Before we close, we’d like to take this opportunity to share a few operational updates.

We will continue to hear tenant applications and urgent matters from December 22 to January 4. In early January, the LTB will add landlord-seized and adjourned matters to the schedule, and landlord and tenant case management hearings will resume. Hearings for all application types will resume on January 18, 2021.

Finally, as we continue to work to address the large volume of pending applications and requests, we continue to ask for your patience.

Applicants will continue to experience delays. At this time, the LTB is shifting its operational staff to respond to priority areas and cannot provide accurate application processing and customer service response times. Once an application is processed, a letter will be sent to the applicant providing their file number so they can Check File Status on our website for their hearing date once it has been scheduled.

To stay up-to-date on other developments at the LTB, we encourage you to visit our website regularly and subscribe to our Latest News.

Thank you again for your continued engagement with the LTB. This meaningful dialogue provides the LTB with a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by our users and helps us to identify opportunities to improve everyone’s experience with the board.

On behalf of all LTB staff and adjudicators, please accept our warmest wishes for a safe holiday and Happy New Year. We look forward to connecting with you in 2021.

Warmly,

[original signed by]       [original signed by]

Karen Restoule

Associate Chair

Lynn Dicaire

Registrar

 

Let’s Fix The LTB in 2021

We appreciate the LTB reaching out to us once again.

Many don’t realize the OLA stopped a lot of extremely anti-small landlord measures in the past by being in regular contact with former Premier Kathleen Wynne (also when she was Housing Minister) and explaining our positions.

For example, “Own Use Evictions” still exist…when it almost didn’t thanks to the efforts of many of our senior OLA members.

Small Ontario landlords need the LTB to remain open to evict those who haven’t pay rent for months and leading to ridiculously unfair hardship on us.

We also understand the tenant groups frustration with some adjudicators not being fair. The LTB is a “court” and we need to make sure that the LTB treats both landlords and tenants with respect and the ability to make our cases.

Small Ontario Landlords Can Provide Solutions

Make sure you contact us with your ideas, concerns and hopes to fix the LTB and protect good landlords and good tenants (and making sure the bad apples are treated accordingly.)

There are too many “one person” shows now and we need to all come together and be united. Together we are strong.

Contact Us – Make Sure Your Voice Is Heard LOUD AND CLEAR:

Please send us your thought and ideas.

What happens in the next 30 days will have a major impact on the Ontario private rental industry for years to come.

Play a role and get your voice heard!

Email: landlordvoices2021@activist.com

Become An Ontario EXPERT LANDLORD And Succeed And Make Profits!

Friday, January 1st, 2021

During These Challenging Times You Need To Become An ONTARIO EXPERT LANDLORD To Run A Profitable, Successful Rental Business. Take Control Of Your Financial Future!

Being a small landlord in Ontario is not a hands-off investment. Especially these days. There are so many tenants who abuse the system you need to be careful at all times.

Let’s look at some of the most common challenges we face:

1. It’s becoming common for tenants to decide they don’t have to pay rent

2. It takes months to get a Hearing date at the Landlord & Tenant Board

3. Some tenants are becoming aggressive and threatening

4. The government is offering no support or help for small landlords

5. Eviction dates for people who haven’t paid rent in 2019 or 2020 might be delayed until 2021

Is The System Fair? No, But You Can Still Succeed!

The laws in Ontario are very “bad tenant friendly.” By this, we mean bad tenants who know how to manipulate the system and stay for months and months rent free.

We keep reading about non-OLA members saying:

“It’s not fair, they aren’t paying, the system needs fixing, I’m out $20,000, they haven’t paid for months, they trashed the property, oh I’m so sad!” 

We teach landlords the system isn’t fair (and hasn’t been for over a decade) and the rules can create a horrible nightmare for honest, hard-working small landlords and our families.

Complaining, Protests, Letters To The MPPs,  Credit Reporting,  Ombudsman, Chasing After Debts You Won’t Collect…Will Not Help You Succeed!

The government is 100% aware of the nightmares small landlords face. So protests, emails, calls to the Ombudsman, etc. won’t help us.

Yes The Provincial Government Is 100% Aware Of What’s Going On

But they don’t care!

They don’t want a wave of evictions to happen and bad headlines in the media…so instead small family landlords are expected to “eat the costs” for their political ambitions. That means you are stuck paying the bills for others.

You Can Still Run A Profitable And Successful Rental Business in Ontario

Become an expert and learn the rules and learn how to use the rules to help you succeed.

Learn How To Win and Profit!

If you want to succeed it’s up to you to learn how to successfully maneuver in a challenging environment. Those who understand the system can use it for success, as many OLA members are wealthy due to their rental properties.

The landlords who are protesting & complaining are not OLA members. They didn’t screen carefully & didn’t know what to do when their tenants didn’t pay rent. Most won’t see a dime of money owed to them!

With the way things work in Ontario, many landlords who fail to treat running their rental business super seriously will fail. But those who take the time to become experts can succeed.

Don’t Fret, Don’t Give Up…Become An Expert Landlord And Run A Profitable Rental Business!

The rental industry is complicated and you need to become a sophisticated investor/landlord. You need to become an Expert Landlord who knows the rules better than any bad tenant does.

By learning the ropes and learning the rules you can run a very successful and profitable rental business and AVOID problems later on.

There Are New Rules To the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA)

Landlords need to be aware there are many changes to the RTA thanks to Bill 184.

Landlords also need to be aware that any mistake we make in our filings with the Landlord and Tenant Board must be “perfect” or they will be rejected! We must also prepare extremely carefully for our LTB hearings.

Become A Landlord Expert Or Lose At The Landlord And Tenant Board!

With hearing dates taking over a year you need to make you sure you WIN at your hearing. If you don’t it will take forever to get another hearing date…so make sure you win!

Tenants Get Free Legal Help At the LTB Hearing

LTB Hearings are confrontational: landlords vs. their tenants. Many small landlords are shocked at how the system wants you to lose and you to pay (so the government doesn’t have to pay for housing…you do).

But it’s not really you versus your tenant, it’s you versus a very experienced lawyer or paralegal who know the laws inside out. And they get rewarded for winning over landlords.

Do not underestimate the dirty tricks they will use to win for their tenant client and do whatever it takes to win for their tenant.

All Tenants No Matter Their Income Get Free Legal Help At the LTB

Small Landlords Need To Take Matters Into Our Own Hands

This is especially important as Bill 184 is now law and it will take months and months to get a Hearing (so when you get your hearing date you need to win or you could face another six or eight months of non-payment of rent!)

Learn The New Rules With Bill 184 And What You Need To Learn To Get An Eviction At the LTB

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Do You Want To Be A Successful Landlord? 

Our CD along with help in our forums will help you succeed.

Become an Ontario Landlord Expert And Learn The Ropes of Running a Profitable Rental Business in Ontario – Yes It Can Be Done! Start Winning!

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