Tenant Activists Physically Prevented Officers From Conducting a Legal Eviction
Ontario Landlords Need Legal Evictions To Be Enforced
For over a decade OLA members have shared tips and advice to help each other succeed. We also bring up important issues to the attention of other members which then often gets the media involved.
This is why we even exist – to help small landlords have a voice and succeed using the best services out there.
We educate our members on the laws and regulations. We follow these laws and regulations, and become the best landlords tenants can ever find!
Sheriff Not Enforcing Legal Evictions?
One OLA member wrote on our popular landlord forums that he worried after waiting for a Hearing date at the Landlord and Tenant Board for months.
This member worried that when he finally gets his Hearing (and wins) it could be impossible to legally get his tenant out of his rental.
“Have evictions been stopped in Ontario?
I was listening to Global news in my car and hey reported tenants are no longer getting evicted by the Sheriff and 14 police officers let a tenant mob block the doors!
I almost spat my coffee driving on the 401 westbound(!) and want to know what the hell is going on?”
This news quickly spread throughout our membership with people upset and confused how this could happen.
Here’s What Happened
According to CTV News there was a scheduled eviction by the Sheriff on September 21, 2020 in East York.
When the Sheriff arrived there was a group of tenant activists who blocked the entry to the rental complex. The tenants became aggressive and the police were called.
14 Officers And The Tenants Did Not Back Down…And Won
Although 14 police officers came to assist the Sheriff with their legal right to conduct the eviction they didn’t remove the activists. These were people who were blocking the entrance to the rental property for a legal eviction.
Tenant Activists Continued To Block Officers The Next Day
Again they were successful in blocking the eviction.
Landlords Need A Legal Way To Evict Tenants And Cannot Accept Chaos and Anarchy
Small landlords are running a small business. It’s not easy as we have lots of costs to pay. Whether it’s our mortgages, our property taxes, utilities, insurance or the rising costs to property maintain our units… it’s more expensive than ever!
Good Tenants Need Help As Well
OLA members are not your typical “you pay go to a homeless shelter” types. Most of us were renters before and know how difficult it can be when living in difficult economic times, especially when we are still in a pandemic.
We Need To Be Strong And Take Action Against Tenant “Game Players”
If tenants can pay rent but just don’t want to pay when they can that’s one thing. They need to be evicted so the landlord can re-rent the unit asap!
However, if the the tenants being evicted might have no income source, face mental health issues, drug issues, or are just broke because the lost their jobs and had to spend what they have to feed themselves and their loved ones it’s not the same.
We understand this and sympathize with tenants facing challenges.
Government Must Help Tenants And Not Put A Social Justice Burden On Small “Mom and Pop” Landlords Facing Bankruptcy
Some tenants need truly help. And this help needs to come from the Ontario government. Tenant groups also need to understand this.
Small landlords don’t want to evict tenants in need, but we need to get rent to avoid “being in need” ourselves!
Here are just some of our ideas to improve the Ontario rental industry:
-The government should help tenants in need to cover rent (via a grant or interest free loan) and not be evicted by paying the landlord directly. Small landlords don’t want to evict tenants and only do so as a last resort.
-When a landlord applies for the Sheriff a mental health worker and social worker should be notified so they can help the tenant get new housing before they are evicted.
-The government should also pay landlords for any damages done the unit by the tenant and any rent owing so the landlord will not have to chase after the tenant (increasing stress on both sides).
Small Landlords Need A Fast and Efficient System To Evict Tenants After We Get A Legal Eviction!
If the public sector cannot handle the workload, it’s time to allow private bailiffs. We recommended this before and it’s an option to speed up legal evictions.
The Province must fix the system and not pass the buck to hard working small landlords who are struggling to survive! Help landlords run our businesses by not allowing anarchy. Help tenants who truly need help.
Let’s Fix The Ontario Rental Industry To Help Both Good Landlords and Good Tenants Succeed!
Let’s evict tenants who are playing games…but also the government can help those tenants who truly need it, assist them and house them.
The Entire Burden Cannot Just Be Put On The Backs Of Hard-Working Small Landlords!
If The Ministry Can’t Run Things Outsource It To Us And We Will Make The Ontario Rental Industry Fair And The World Leader!