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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.

Wednesday, September 1st, 2021

Tenants Speak Out & Share Their Concerns & Opinions on the Rental Industry

As part of our “Let’s Improve the Ontario Rental Industry” we have invited tenants to share their opinions on how we can make these improvements.

Most of us used to rent to and we have tried to become the landlords we always wanted to rent from but could never find.

These opinions are from individual contributors and are not the opinions of the Ontario Landlords Association.

We believe by fostering communication between landlords and tenants we can improve the Ontario rental industry in a win-win business relationship.

To contribute your experiences and advice please email us at:  tenantexperiences@groupmail.com (All contributions must be a minimum of 300 words and include your name, contact number, address, a copy of your lease, all which will all be kept private and destroyed upon confirmation.)

The post below has been recommended by the Tenant Community as extremely helpful and important information. 

By Working Together Tenants And Small Landlords Can Get A Better Understanding of the Issues And Improve The Ontario Rental Industry.

Let’s all face issues straight on and work to make the Ontario Rental Industry not only an example for Canada, but for the world!

 

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.

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

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