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Ontario Landlords Association Defends Small Landlords On CHCH TV Hamilton

Sunday, September 12th, 2021

The Ontario Landlords Association Told CHCH Hamilton We Need Clarity In The Ontario Residential Tenancies Act To Protect Good Landlords And Good Tenants

It’s a property investor’s nightmare. A landlord rented out her short term rental on AirBNB. It was supposed to be a short 5 day stay. But when it was time to pay or move out the guests just ignored the landlord.

The guests claimed they were “tenants” covered under the Ontario Residential Tenancies Act and didn’t have to pay or move.

It’s clear these guests were aware it can take over 6 months just to get an LTB Hearing (so 6 months of not paying rent) and even up to a year to get a final evictions (so a year of not paying rent).

The AirBNB owner reached out to AirBNB corporate officers and they didn’t help.

She then contacted the media and the police then threatened her that she can’t change the locks or she could be criminal charged.

When the owner reached out to the media the police threatened her with a charge of potential criminal harassment!

Weeks later the people occupying the unit still refused to move out claiming they were “tenants” and covered by the Residential Tenancies Act.!

So what’s the deal on guests in short term AirBNBs claiming they are tenants and under the protection of the Ontario Residential Tenancies Act as long term tenants?

The Ontario Landlords Association has repeatedly requested the Ontario Ministry of Housing makes the rules far less foggy and instead make them crystal clear to help both good landlords and good tenants.

Successful small landlords follow the law. We want to rent out great properties to great tenants in a mutually respectful, win-win, law-abiding, business relationship.

Ontario Landlords Protect Your Rental Business With Credit Checks (Before Handing Over The Keys)

Wednesday, August 18th, 2021

Join the Ontario Landlords Association For Huge Discounts With Leading Background Screening Companies in Canada To Make Sure You Rent To Great Tenants!

After over a year of a slow downs the rental market is heating up. This is great news for Ontario small landlords. It’s now more important than ever before to screen your potential tenants carefully.

More good news is there are a lot of great tenants out there who are looking to rent a great property from a terrific landlord.

The bad news is that now there are now so many “professional tenants” who have learned all the “tricks” to manipulate the system to avoid paying rent for months (even years) and leaving landlords with huge bills to pay.

How To Become A Successful Landlord?

The most experienced and successful Ontario Landlords Association members explain one of the keys to success is to carefully screen your potential tenants before signing a lease and handing over the keys.

Once You Sign A Lease & Hand Over The Keys, Tenants Have All The Power

Once your tenants move in they are in control. They can stop paying rent and it can take months to over year to evict them.

When bad tenants are in your property they have all the power. Services such as landlord credit bureau reporting have little impact and bad tenants can not only owe you rent, they can damage your property and when they finally leave you get a mountain of garbage and a property that will take months to repair to make it “rentable” again.

Experienced landlords know it’s very difficult to collect on bad tenants and they can always just declare bankruptcy and there’s nothing you can do. Anyone telling you it’s easy to “collect” is not telling you the truth.

Run Credit Checks As A Key Part Of Your Tenant Screening Process

Make sure you know who you are renting to BEFORE YOU RENT TO THEM.

A credit check will show you all you need to make a good decision:

-Check our your potential tenants’ credit score.

-Find out if they have debts they didn’t pay.

-See past addresses to talk to previous landlords.

-Confirm employment to make sure they really work there.

OLA Members Get Huge Discounts From The Best Companies

Not all credit check companies are created equal.

We have made sure to partner with the best and most reputable credit check companies in Canada.

The best tenants will appreciate you, a small landlord, using the same services as the biggest companies in Canada.

Companies that also run checks for companies such as Uber, McDonalds, Ontario government, Bell, Car dealership association, Canadian Olympic team and more.

Good Tenants Appreciate the Best Companies Running Credit Checks On Them

Running credit checks from the leading companies makes you, a small landlord, look good!

This will make sure the best tenants have confidence in providing their private information to a leading company and not some shady start-up that might even be around next year.

Run A Credit Check From The Biggest And Best Companies To Find Great Tenants

Become a PROFESSIONAL LANDLORD and use the same services the big players use…at a huge discount…by joining the Ontario Landlords Association.

Tenants Are Preparing A MASSIVE Class Action Lawsuit Because Tenants Are Being Treated Unfairly, LTB Is A Puppet Of Landlords, We Need To Be Compensated For The Lies of March 2020!

Friday, July 30th, 2021

Tenants Were Provided with Bad Faith Advice From Ford In March 2020! The LTB and Landlords Have Abused This Bad Faith Advice To Trample Tenant Rights!

We Will Be Compensated By Both Ford And The Landlords Who Have Used This Bad Faith To Evict Tenants And Destroyed Lives!

Call To Action TENANTS!

We have been reaching out to Tenants to explain to them how to really handle bad landlords for maximum winning. Protests and “uniting together” physically is useful but not the ultimate nuclear bomb we need.

Landlords can just hire security, wait us out, and use our rent money to hire people to harass us.

You need to hit landlords in what is the only thing they care about: their money and their feeling they are superior and untouchable!

And how do you do it?

Make them pay fees and make them personally responsible!

You file a class action lawsuit against the owners of your rental building!

Stop feeling intimidated, stop being depressed, and fight back and win! Yes, you have power they don’t want you to know you have!

Be aggressive and put your landlord/building owner on the Stand in Court where they cannot lie or they will have a criminal charge of perjury! This is their nightmare!

Time For Justice! We Will Now Stop Begging For Fairness And Put The Ontario Government and The Landlord and Tenant Board On Trial!

In March 2020 Premier Doug Ford said tenants don’t have to pay rent if they can’t afford to.

Now, over a year later, tenants are being evicted just for following the order from Premier Ford.

He set us up.

He lied.

All so-called landlord claims will lose as the situation now is worse for Tenants than ever before

The key step that showed their actions was deleting all the “LTB interpretations” on the LTB website…meaning all former interpretations of the rules at the LTB were “vanished” and replaced with pro-landlord pablum!

Meanwhile the LTB continued to grovel to the powerful landlord interests. It so not only pathetic, it shows the LTB has become biased against Tenants since the pandemic began!

This is unfair and unacceptable! And we will prove in in the courts!

Tenants across Ontario are working with legal aid clinics to provide strategic assistance and to deliver a notice letter to The Province of Ontario pertaining to compensation for the financial losses of TENANTS and to make immediate changes to the unfair Residential Tenancies Act failing which legal action will be contemplated to provide fairness to TENANTS.

Fundraising for the legal costs begins SOON.

TENANTS have suffered immense and unpublicized losses due to the Government’s unilateral decision to close the LTB and clog the redress process by banning Tenant legal complaints about harassment, abuse, and lack of maintaining our homes.

All this unilaterally decided by the Government without any compensation to TENANTS.

The Government has repeatedly said  “We remain committed to providing fair, effective and timely access to justice”.

For TENANTS, it hasn’t been fair, it hasn’t been effective and there certainly hasn’t been timely access to justice.

TENANTS are seeking restitution and compensation for millions in rental losses due to no fault of their own retroactive to March 1, 2020.

Tenants Are Being Evicted Without Fair Process

Contract law is not being adhered to and this reflects a direct bias to us.

Additionally, we are not afforded the same legal rights as other contract holders, access to justice or access to the criminal laws. No other category is denied these rights.

No person can enter a grocery store and get kicked out just because it can take a couple of minutes to pull our debit cards.

Once COVID hit and the Provincial Government placed a moratorium on evictions, TENANTS faced extreme financial hardship.

The Government released a financial package for every group impacted by the pandemic: commercial landlords, students, big corporations, airlines, NGOs, unemployed, farmers, non profits, artists, civil servants etc….BUT NOT TENANTS!

Doug Ford Lied And The Landlord Tenant Board Is Trampling On Tenant Rights

NO COMPENSATION WAS PROVIDED FOR TENANTS AFTER PREMIER FORD SAID WE DON’T HAVE TO PAY RENT!

And the messaging from our Ontario Premier, very early into the pandemic, was that if rent could not be paid then the tenant would not need to pay the rent owed and the Provincial Government would not make these same tenants face eviction.

This was a lie and this lie has cause billions of dollars in damages and lives destroyed!

The LTB was already being investigated by the Ombudsman of Ontario, due to the increasingly lengthy delays in Tenants obtaining a hearing for anything from damages to property, non payment of rent, illegal activities in the rental property, etc.

But this failed.

We need your financial support. This is a call to action. It’s time to stop the bias towards TENANTS.

Tenants have reached out to legal clinics to provide strategic assistance to The Province of Ontario pertaining to compensation for the financial losses of TENANTSW and to make immediate changes to the RTA failing which legal action will be contemplated to provide fairness to TENANTS.
The funds will be used in an attempt to resolve the following concerns:
  • – compensation for TENANT arrears
  • – immediate changes to the residential tenancy act to help TENANTS
  • – a public online database of LANDLORD rental history
  • – prosecute repeat LANDLORD offenders
  • – grant more powers to the police for disputes at rental properties

If you are wondering what a class action lawsuit is, you’re not alone.

Class action lawsuits tend to be highly complex, and they require an experienced lawyer at the helm. The actual definition of a class action, though, is fairly simple: in a class action, a person or group of people sues on behalf of a large group of people who all suffered the same legal injury.

For example, someone could file a class action suit on behalf of everyone who:

  • Was billed for the same unauthorized charges
  • Saw the same false ads before paying for a product or service
  • Bought the same defective product
  • Suffered losses from investing in the same security
  • Paid too much for a product or service because of the same anticompetitive conduct

The person who starts the lawsuit is called the named plaintiff or class representative. The people proposed to be represented are called the class members. Class action lawsuits typically include hundreds or thousands of class members.

If you are having problems with a company—whether it’s a website, a company you invested in, or even your employer OR YOUR LANDLORD—many other people may be having the same problems.

In these situations, a class action suit is often the best solution because it can allow many people across the country to benefit from a single lawsuit. It also empowers individuals who may otherwise lack a means of speaking out to stand up against a powerful company in court.

Any injured person can initiate a class action suit, but specific requirements apply. Below we outline the class action requirements and what you can expect as a class member or a class representative.

This is a call to action. It’s time to stop the bias and unfair government attacks on TENANTS. 
It’s time Tenants put Ford, Clark and the LTB on the stand, under oath, to seek the Truth!
We will win!

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

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