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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!

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.

Tenants Are Preparing A MASSIVE Class Action Lawsuit Because Tenants Are Being Treated Unfairly, LTB Is A Puppet Of Landlords, We Need To Be Compensated For The Lies of March 2020!

Friday, July 30th, 2021

Tenants Were Provided with Bad Faith Advice From Ford In March 2020! The LTB and Landlords Have Abused This Bad Faith Advice To Trample Tenant Rights!

We Will Be Compensated By Both Ford And The Landlords Who Have Used This Bad Faith To Evict Tenants And Destroyed Lives!

Call To Action TENANTS!

We have been reaching out to Tenants to explain to them how to really handle bad landlords for maximum winning. Protests and “uniting together” physically is useful but not the ultimate nuclear bomb we need.

Landlords can just hire security, wait us out, and use our rent money to hire people to harass us.

You need to hit landlords in what is the only thing they care about: their money and their feeling they are superior and untouchable!

And how do you do it?

Make them pay fees and make them personally responsible!

You file a class action lawsuit against the owners of your rental building!

Stop feeling intimidated, stop being depressed, and fight back and win! Yes, you have power they don’t want you to know you have!

Be aggressive and put your landlord/building owner on the Stand in Court where they cannot lie or they will have a criminal charge of perjury! This is their nightmare!

Time For Justice! We Will Now Stop Begging For Fairness And Put The Ontario Government and The Landlord and Tenant Board On Trial!

In March 2020 Premier Doug Ford said tenants don’t have to pay rent if they can’t afford to.

Now, over a year later, tenants are being evicted just for following the order from Premier Ford.

He set us up.

He lied.

All so-called landlord claims will lose as the situation now is worse for Tenants than ever before

The key step that showed their actions was deleting all the “LTB interpretations” on the LTB website…meaning all former interpretations of the rules at the LTB were “vanished” and replaced with pro-landlord pablum!

Meanwhile the LTB continued to grovel to the powerful landlord interests. It so not only pathetic, it shows the LTB has become biased against Tenants since the pandemic began!

This is unfair and unacceptable! And we will prove in in the courts!

Tenants across Ontario are working with legal aid clinics to provide strategic assistance and to deliver a notice letter to The Province of Ontario pertaining to compensation for the financial losses of TENANTS and to make immediate changes to the unfair Residential Tenancies Act failing which legal action will be contemplated to provide fairness to TENANTS.

Fundraising for the legal costs begins SOON.

TENANTS have suffered immense and unpublicized losses due to the Government’s unilateral decision to close the LTB and clog the redress process by banning Tenant legal complaints about harassment, abuse, and lack of maintaining our homes.

All this unilaterally decided by the Government without any compensation to TENANTS.

The Government has repeatedly said  “We remain committed to providing fair, effective and timely access to justice”.

For TENANTS, it hasn’t been fair, it hasn’t been effective and there certainly hasn’t been timely access to justice.

TENANTS are seeking restitution and compensation for millions in rental losses due to no fault of their own retroactive to March 1, 2020.

Tenants Are Being Evicted Without Fair Process

Contract law is not being adhered to and this reflects a direct bias to us.

Additionally, we are not afforded the same legal rights as other contract holders, access to justice or access to the criminal laws. No other category is denied these rights.

No person can enter a grocery store and get kicked out just because it can take a couple of minutes to pull our debit cards.

Once COVID hit and the Provincial Government placed a moratorium on evictions, TENANTS faced extreme financial hardship.

The Government released a financial package for every group impacted by the pandemic: commercial landlords, students, big corporations, airlines, NGOs, unemployed, farmers, non profits, artists, civil servants etc….BUT NOT TENANTS!

Doug Ford Lied And The Landlord Tenant Board Is Trampling On Tenant Rights

NO COMPENSATION WAS PROVIDED FOR TENANTS AFTER PREMIER FORD SAID WE DON’T HAVE TO PAY RENT!

And the messaging from our Ontario Premier, very early into the pandemic, was that if rent could not be paid then the tenant would not need to pay the rent owed and the Provincial Government would not make these same tenants face eviction.

This was a lie and this lie has cause billions of dollars in damages and lives destroyed!

The LTB was already being investigated by the Ombudsman of Ontario, due to the increasingly lengthy delays in Tenants obtaining a hearing for anything from damages to property, non payment of rent, illegal activities in the rental property, etc.

But this failed.

We need your financial support. This is a call to action. It’s time to stop the bias towards TENANTS.

Tenants have reached out to legal clinics to provide strategic assistance to The Province of Ontario pertaining to compensation for the financial losses of TENANTSW and to make immediate changes to the RTA failing which legal action will be contemplated to provide fairness to TENANTS.
The funds will be used in an attempt to resolve the following concerns:
  • – compensation for TENANT arrears
  • – immediate changes to the residential tenancy act to help TENANTS
  • – a public online database of LANDLORD rental history
  • – prosecute repeat LANDLORD offenders
  • – grant more powers to the police for disputes at rental properties

If you are wondering what a class action lawsuit is, you’re not alone.

Class action lawsuits tend to be highly complex, and they require an experienced lawyer at the helm. The actual definition of a class action, though, is fairly simple: in a class action, a person or group of people sues on behalf of a large group of people who all suffered the same legal injury.

For example, someone could file a class action suit on behalf of everyone who:

  • Was billed for the same unauthorized charges
  • Saw the same false ads before paying for a product or service
  • Bought the same defective product
  • Suffered losses from investing in the same security
  • Paid too much for a product or service because of the same anticompetitive conduct

The person who starts the lawsuit is called the named plaintiff or class representative. The people proposed to be represented are called the class members. Class action lawsuits typically include hundreds or thousands of class members.

If you are having problems with a company—whether it’s a website, a company you invested in, or even your employer OR YOUR LANDLORD—many other people may be having the same problems.

In these situations, a class action suit is often the best solution because it can allow many people across the country to benefit from a single lawsuit. It also empowers individuals who may otherwise lack a means of speaking out to stand up against a powerful company in court.

Any injured person can initiate a class action suit, but specific requirements apply. Below we outline the class action requirements and what you can expect as a class member or a class representative.

This is a call to action. It’s time to stop the bias and unfair government attacks on TENANTS. 
It’s time Tenants put Ford, Clark and the LTB on the stand, under oath, to seek the Truth!
We will win!