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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.

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

Wednesday, August 18th, 2021

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Ontario Landlord Eviction Orders Can Now Be Enforced

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021

June 3, 2021

TO:                 Ontario Landlord Association Stakeholders

 FROM:           Karen Restoule, Associate Chair

                        Lynn Dicaire, Registrar

 RE:                 Eviction Enforcement Resumes on June 3

The provincial Stay-At-Home order was lifted on June 2, 2021, meaning that Court Enforcement Office (Sheriff) can enforce Landlord and Tenant Board eviction orders everywhere in Ontario.

Sincerely,

Karen Restoule                    Lynn Dicaire

Associate Chair                    Registrar

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The ban on residential eviction enforcement was not extended and has ended today.  Evictions have resumed and landlords can now get eviction orders enforced. Forum members can get more information here.

How To Speed Up Getting Your Eviction Enforced

Monday, May 17th, 2021

May 14, 2021

TO:                 Ontario Landlord Association Stakeholders

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

RE:                 Expedited Enforcement of Eviction Orders

On May 13, 2021 the Government of Ontario announced that the stay-at-home order would be extended until June 2, 2021. Ontario Regulation 266/21 made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act will also remain in effect during this time.

Ontario Regulation 266/21 states that the Court Enforcement Office (Sheriff) cannot enforce any Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) eviction order unless the order asks the Sheriff to expedite the enforcement.  The Sheriff can resume enforcing all eviction orders after the Government of Ontario removes the regulation.

The LTB is continuing to hold hearings for all types of applications and issue orders, including orders for evictions. This will help ensure that tenants and landlords seeking resolution from the LTB are provided access to justice with minimal service delays.

The purpose of this memo is to provide information on when an eviction order issued by the LTB may include a request to the Sheriff to expedite enforcement.

Section 84 of the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 (“RTA”) says that the LTB must include such a request to the Sheriff in the order where the tenant is being evicted for certain types of very serious conduct, and the adjudicator has not delayed the enforcement date pursuant to section 83(1)(b) of the RTA. The grounds for eviction in section 84 are:

  • Willfully damaging the rental unit
  • Using the unit in a way which is inconsistent with residential use and caused, or is likely to cause, significant damage
  • Committing an illegal act in the unit involving the production or trafficking of illegal drugs
  • Seriously impairing someone’s safety
  • Substantially interfering with the landlord’s reasonable enjoyment – in cases where the landlord and tenant live in the same building and the building has three or fewer residential units

If a landlord believes that an eviction order should include a request to the Sheriff to expedite enforcement, but the application is not based on any of the grounds contained in section 84 of the RTA, the landlord may raise this issue during the hearing. The adjudicator may consider whether the tenant is responsible for an urgent problem such as a serious and ongoing health or safety issue at the residential complex or a serious illegal act that occurred at the residential complex. The tenant will have the opportunity to make submissions on this issue if they are at the hearing.

If the hearing for the landlord’s eviction application has already been completed but the order has not been issued, the landlord may contact the LTB to ask the adjudicator who held the hearing to consider adding to the order a request to the Sheriff to expedite enforcement of eviction. Landlords can submit a request to expedite enforcement of the eviction by fax, mail or email. The tenant will have an opportunity to make submissions on this issue.

Eviction orders that have already been issued can only be changed if the order contains a serious error or a clerical mistake. If a landlord believes that an order contains a serious error, the landlord may file a request to review the order. If the landlord believes that the order contains a clerical mistake, the landlord may file a request to amend the order. More information on this process is available on the Application and Hearing Process page of our website.

We remain committed to updating you about operational planning and we are appreciative of your patience and cooperation as we continue to adjust our operations in response to the ongoing pandemic.

Sincerely,

Karen Restoule

Associate Chair

Lynn Dicaire

Registrar

Eviction Enforcement Resumes Across Ontario

Monday, March 8th, 2021

TO:                Ontario Landlord Association Stakeholders

FROM:          Karen Restoule, Associate Chair

                       Lynn Dicaire, Registrar

RE:                 Eviction Enforcement Resumes Across Ontario

Today, the Stay-At-Home order was lifted in Toronto, Peel and North Bay public health regions, meaning that the Court Enforcement Office (Sheriff) may now enforce Landlord and Tenant Board eviction orders everywhere in Ontario.

The government may make further changes to the list of public health unit regions subject to these restrictions in the weeks to come.

Please continue to refer to our website for operational updates. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Sincerely,

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Karen Restoule                    Lynn Dicaire

Associate Chair                    Registrar