Archive for the ‘Landlord rights’ Category
Reminder to landlords in Ontario on March 1st, 2021 we must use the new version of the government lease
Ontario landlords know that we need to use the Ontario Standard Form Of Lease. Previously, residential landlords were allowed to create their own leases customized for their tenants.
Fortunately, with the government lease landlords can still add important clauses to protect our rental properties.
What’s Different About The Updated Lease?
OLA members have been discussing this on our forum. Some of the changes include things like allowing for the use of electronic signatures and clarifying the penalties for not following the rules and for “bad faith” evictions.
Where Can I Download The New Updated Lease?
Please click this LINK to download the updated lease.
Where Can I Discuss The Updated Lease And How To Add Lease Clauses?
Join our busy Members forum to discuss this and all other questions you have.
The key to being a successful Ontario landlord to to be proactive and solve issues before they become larger problems.
December 1st, 2012
Own Student Rental Properties in Oshawa, Ontario and Tenants Noise or Bad Parking Can
Lead the Landlord Into Closing Down For a Year or More!
What’s Going On In Oshawa?
Student rental properties in Oshawa are already licensed. Now the City of Oshawa has created a new system to have even greater control over landlords and tenants.
What Is It?
They have created a new system whereby each landlord and their properties are subject to a demerit point system.
A Demerit Point System? You’ve Got to be Kidding.
Unfortunately, it’s really happened. Student landlords in Ontario already have enough challenges, and then this new system comes along.
Does This Apply to Every Landlord in Oshawa?
No. it will apply to rental properties in the northern part of Oshawa near the campus of Durham College and the campus of UOIT.
Why Is This Happening?
Student rental housing has caused conflict between landlords, their student tenants, and residents in the area for a long time. Licensing, and this new system is yet another stage of the conflict.
How Does the Demerit System Work
Here’s how it works.
1. If the rental gets up to 7 demerit points, the landlord will get a letter with a warning.
2. If the rental gets up to 15 points, the landlord will lose their license to operation for at least a year.
How Does a Landlord Lose Demerit Points?
The landlord will lose points for things such as:
– Tenants making noise
– Tenants parking their cars in unauthorized ways
– Landlords operating without a valid license.
So the Tenant Makes Noise or Parks Wrong and the Landlord is Punished?
Yes. This is particularly frightening considering landlords have so few controls over what tenants can do. Even in ‘pro landlord’ provinces such as Alberta tenants can get out of control.
How Long Do These Demerit Points Stay On the Landlord’s Record?
The demerit points stays on a property record for two years.
Is This System Permanent?
This new system will exist for at least a year and likely more.
How Much Will This System Cost?
A councillor admits the government doesn’t know how much it will cost but they should ‘do something.’
How Can this Be Defended?
The councillor who started this whole plan says this is another tool for the government to deal with landlords who ignore city bylaws.
What If the Landlord is an Investor and They Hire a Bad Property Manager?
It will be the landlord who is punished. This is why investors should be careful to only hire the best property management service companies to manage their properties that can deal with bad tenants and bad situations.
Landlords The Message Is Clear. The Demerit System Oshawa Ontario Landlords Face Is Simply More Evidence the Government Wants to Blame Landlords for Tenant Actions Without Giving Landlords Any Real Power to Control Tenant Behaviour. Discuss this at the Ontario Landlords Forum
To the Ontario Landlord Association Re. Changing the Annual Rent Increase Guideline
The Honourable Kathleen Wynne
Today the Ontario Liberal government introduced proposed legislation to amend how the annual Rent Increase Guideline is calculated under the the Residential Tenancies Act.
“A bad tenant cost me $28,000 over 9 months!”
October 18th, 2011
Landlord says she was too trusting and ended up with a bad tenant
“The person I spoke to said she made $62,000 a year,” says [Stoymenoff], who acknowledges she should have done a credit check.
“My questions always have been, ‘Do they have a secure job and what is their income?’ She came through with flying colours and both her references said she was a very trustworthy, good person.”
Stoymenoff also didn’t realize until the tenant was evicted that she had been renting out rooms in the house to other people and the property had fallen into disrepair.
She gouged out the doors and frames to install hinge locks with padlocks in the dining room and all three bedrooms.
Finally, in March the tenant was ordered by the Landlord Tenant Board to pay $3,400 and to start paying monthly rent.
She paid the $3,400 and one month’s rent of $1,750. In June, an order was issued to pay the full amount and Stoymenoff received $5,000.
[Shirley] was finally evicted in August, nine months after the first application was filed, owing $13,820 in unpaid rent and more than $3,000 in unpaid utility bills. Add on legal fees and the repairs required for the house and she is out more than $28,000.
“The registrar told me ‘we know her’ and the sheriff’s office knew her, too. The police have also told me they’re investigating her for fraud,” Stoymenoff says.
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