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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.

Never Back Down And Don’t Fall For Dirty LL Tricks

Sunday, October 10th, 2021

Fight Back For Your Survival!

Tenants Need To Be Aggressive and Fight Back As Rents Rise And Landlords Want to  ILLEGALLY Bully Us Out Of Our Homes To Die On the Streets So They Can Make More Profits

Many small landlords don’t follow the law. Instead they want to harass you and bully you. They hope you back down and kowtow to your “masters.”

A recent story shows how landlords don’t care about legal rules and why tenants must never back down!

Barrie Road apartment tenants are left scrambling to find shelter after being evicted by Palm Tree Investments.

Barrie Tenants Subject To Illegal Evictions and Intimidation!

The news out of Barrie, Ontario is shocking and shows Tenants how landlords don’t want to follow the law and instead intimidate Tenants.

Tenants at a Barrie Road apartment building are scrambling to find housing after they were given a letter of intent to evict for the purposes of renovations — what’s known as an N-13 form.

The four-plex apartment complex at 201 Barrie Rd. is owned by Palm Tree Investments, which purchased the property just before the COVID-19 pandemic, say the tenants.

“When they first purchased the property a couple of years ago, their first order of business was to send everybody in the building a notice that they were increasing the rent by 5.2 per cent,” explained Angela Coley, who has been a resident at the property for five years.

“When they realized they couldn’t do that, they served everybody in the building with N-13s,” said Coley.

According to the Landlord and Tenant Board’s (LTB) N-13 form, the landlord must give at least 120 days’ notice to terminate a tenancy.

If a tenant disagrees with the information in the landlord’s notice, the tenant does not have to move out. However, the landlord can apply to the LTB to evict the tenant, which is what has happened in this case.

The LTB has scheduled a hearing about this matter.

They Illegally Sent the “Sheriff” To Try To Intimidate Tenants To Move!

However, earlier this week, a sheriff showed up, say the tenants.

“The landlord’s agent that represents the building decided that when he was here yesterday with the sheriffs, that they would be back within 72 hours to evict us, even though we have had no due process or time in court,” said Coley, who doesn’t understand why a sheriff is involved and what their power is.

Coley says the landlords have been unreachable by email or by phone since.

These people are doing things under the table;

…they are career investors that know the ins and outs of how to get things moving because once you get a sheriff’s order, it’s hard to stop,” she explained.

An 80-year-old woman and a young couple had already moved out of their apartment before the N-13 was voided because of the moratorium on evictions enacted by Premier Doug Ford in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since pandemic restrictions on landlords have been eased, the landlords have decided once again to attempt to evict the remaining tenants.

Landlords Lie To The Landlord and Tenant Board…They Lie!

“They are telling the tribunal that they are evicting us because the renovations they need to do are so extensive that they need us out, but yet, the renovations that are actually happening are just putting up a wall and are so simple that they don’t even need a building permit to do it,” Coley claims.

“They just want us out so they can charge more money.”
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Don’t Back Down And Demand Your Legal Rights!

Excellent advice from Patrick Patient.  This has become a war for Tenant survival!

 

 

Tenants Need To Know Your Rights And Fight Back!

Never be depressed, never feel intimidated! Use the system to fight back for your survival!

And get free legal help! 

 

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.

LANDLORD ALERT! RTA amendments take effect today: New and revised Rules, guidelines and brochures

Wednesday, September 1st, 2021

The Ontario Landlords Association has been lobbying hard for years and helping make positive changes to the laws to protect Small Landlords.

We stopped many anti-landlord laws before and now are working relentlessly to create a fair system.

Join us, make your voice heard, and help make even more positive changes to help good landlords and good tenants succeed in win-win business relationships.

September 1, 2021 

TO:                 Ontario Landlord Association Members

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

RE:                 RTA amendments take effect today

We are writing to remind your Ontario Landlords Association Members that amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 (RTA) resulting from Bill 184, take effect today. We have summarized the changes in September 1, 2021 Amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act.

In response to these amendments, the LTB has posted new and revised Rules, guidelines and forms to our website at tribunalsontario.ca/LTB.

New materials:

  • Form L10: Application to Collect Money a Former Tenant Owes and Instructions
  • Certificate of Service: Serving a Former Tenant or a Tenant no Longer in Possession of the Rental Unit
  • Request to Use Alternative Service Form
  • Brochure: Collecting Money a Former Tenant Owes
  • Brochure: How to Serve a Landlord or Tenant with Documents

Revised materials:

  • Rules 3, 4, and 5
  • Guideline 11: Eviction for Failure to Pay Rent
  • Guideline 12: Eviction for Personal Use, Demolition, Repairs and Conversion
  • Form T5: Landlord Gave a Notice of Termination in Bad Faith and Instructions
  • Form L2: Application to End a Tenancy and Evict a Tenant and Instructions.

** The revised L2: Application will only be available in fillable PDF format until the launch of the new Tribunals Ontario Portal later this fall. Please do not use LTB e-File to file based on an N12 or N13 notice or when claiming costs relating to substantial interference or utilities. In these cases, you must use the PDF form and submit it by fax, mail or courier.

The LTB consulted on these materials and processes from January 19 to February 5, 2021.

Among the changes the LTB made as a result of the consultations, the LTB has added email as an approved method for landlords to serve former tenants and introduced a Request to use Alternative Service Method. For more information about email service and alternative service, see the Certificate of Service – Serving a Former Tenant or Tenant No Longer in Possession of the Rental Unit and the Brochure: Collecting Money a Former Tenant Owes.

Users will be able to file the new and revised forms on the Tribunals Ontario Portal when it launches later this fall.

Sincerely,

Karen Restoule                    Lynn Dicaire

Associate Chair                    Registrar

“I Am Only Renting From Fully Vaccinated Landlords And You Need To Do It Too!”

Wednesday, September 1st, 2021

If Landlords Want My Money I Need To Make Sure The Property AND The Landlord Is Safe!

I Need To See Proof Of Vaccination Before I Sign The Lease & Pay The Landlords Mortgage So They Get Rich!

This is just my opinion but it’s right and everyone should follow my advice to protect yourself and your loved ones. Never back down!

Landlords need tenants more than we need them. This is especially true for small landlords who are often only able to pay their mortgage for their condo, duplex, or single family home if they get rent from us.

If we don’t pay, or the unit is empty they will face bankruptcy fast! Small landlords are over-leveraged and NEED our rent money to survive.

This is how the system really works: tenants struggle and work long hours every day just to pay the rent/mortgage for landlords who borrowed from a bank (often with dubious help from brokers and fake pay stubs) and need to pay the bank every month!

Tenants Pay Money And Demand Safe Homes…Including Safe Landlords!

Smart tenants will only pay our hard earned money to landlords who have safe properties. We want to make units are legal, units that have smoke detectors, rental properties that are clean and with up to date furnaces and window.

In This Horrible Pandemic You Need To Make Sure Your Landlord Is Safe

Times have changed. In years past making sure your rental property was safe was enough.

It’s not enough anymore.

When you rent from a small landlord you will have lots of “interactions”.

In fact, many small landlords are control freaks and will enter your property without legal notice! Who know what they touch and do when you are not in your home.

They often don’t follow the law and many small landlords like “face to face” confrontations to bully tenants. Even if you demand a working fridge or stove they want to come over and try to convince you “don’t really need a fridge or stove.”

This means the landlord can infect you and your family and you can all die!

And even if you are few days late in paying your pound of flesh, errrr, I mean “rent” they will freak out and come over and knock on the doors screaming.

Protect Yourself From C0vid19 Spreading Landlords!

Ontario has mandated covid vaccine passports for people to enter bars, theatres, sporting events, and restaurants.

Demand Your Potential Landlord Show Proof Of Double Dose Vaccines Before You Rent From Them…Demand To See Their Covid Vaccine Passport!

There are lots of rental properties on the market. Good tenants can pick and choose which ones you like.

Landlords need your money. They just act proud but they NEED YOU!

Make sure to protect you and your family by demanding proof of being double-dosed with the Covid vaccines to protect you and your loved ones!

Good Landlords Will Have Proof Of Vaccine (Double-Dosed And All New Boosters)

The good landlords you want to rent to will 100% agree with this. They will understand your concerns and provide proof of full vaccination.

These are landlords who respect you, society and themselves.

Tenants Only Rent From Landlords Who Can Prove They Are Fully Vaccinated

With so many choices, only rent from landlords who care about protecting you and your family.

“Pay your rent to me even I infect you & your children pay me!”

Many Small Landlords Are Anti-Vaxxers

Don’t let a landlord who is taking your money breath their deadly disease on to you and your family! Think about your children!

Never rent from those who won’t prove it, as you and your family’s lives are at stake!

Spread this on social media so every tenant will reward good vaccinated landlords and punish those who are too selfish to do so!