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Attention Tenants: Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) Is NOT FOR PAYING RENT (legally you don’t have to use it to pay rent!)

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

Don’t Be Tricked! Don’t Be Bullied! The CRB Is For Helping You Survive! LTB Adjudicators Will Understand & Agree Not Using It To Pay Rent (and won’t evict you!)

The CRB programme was created to help workers who continue to need support for our families. This means these emergency funds given are to make sure you have enough to eat, the cloth your family in harsh winter conditions, to buy medicine, and for other daily necessities.

It is NOT for paying rent.

It was not designed to go to tenants and then transferred to landlords (who have their own programs to get rent) during these frightening times! If you do not pay rent you can explain to this to a judge or LTB adjudicator and you will not be evicted!

Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)

While many Canadians have seen their jobs come back and have returned to work since the start of the pandemic, the Government of Canada recognizes that there remain other workers in sectors that have been particularly hit hard who continue to need support.

That is why, today, the Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Chrystia Freeland, and the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, announced the introduction of Bill C-2, to create three new temporary Recovery Benefits to support Canadians who are unable to work for reasons related to COVID-19. These new Benefits are being proposed as part of the Government of Canada’s plan to support Canadians as we work to build back a stronger, more resilient economy. Since the introduction of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) in the early days of the pandemic, at a time when we asked Canadians to stay home, close to 9 million Canadians have received the Benefit to help to pay their bills and support their families.

The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are directly affected by COVID-19 and are not entitled to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. The CRB is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

If you are eligible for the CRB, you can receive $1,000 ($900 after taxes withheld) for a 2-week period.

If your situation continues past 2 weeks, you will need to apply again. You may apply up to a total of 13 eligibility periods (26 weeks) between September 27, 2020 and September 25, 2021.

https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/recovery-benefit.html

My Landlord Is A Bully! If She Tries To Evict Me What Can I Do?

“Pay now or I will evict you! I have payments for my BMWs to make!”

Many (not all) landlords are bullies who don’t even know the law.

Don’t worry at all.

1. The Process Will Take Over a Year To Get  Hearing HAHAHAHA

First of all, it your landlord will have to serve you an N4 (pay rent) which is just a request for the money. Then if you ignore if they have to get a “hearing” date at the LTB which will take at least a year.

2. At The Hearing You Can Easily Explain Why You Didn’t Pay Rent

In Ontario housing is a “human right” and not just a business transaction. This is why the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board is part of the Social Justice tribunal system. Most landlords don’t even know this!

At the Hearing you will get free legal aid to help you. Yes, all tenants no matter what your income.

Then you just explain why you needed CRB and what your struggles are. Make sure to be very dramatic and perhaps even cry and wear old clothes at your Hearing to make sure the message gets across to the Adjudicator.

If you do this YOU WILL NOT BE EVICTED!

At most you will be given a looooonnnnnggggg term payment plan, but you won’t be evicted! You might have to pay an extra $10/month once the pandemic is over LOL!

Yes, the Ford government is tenant-friendly! They don’t want the media to report on “mass evictions” so they put the burn on landlords which is rad!

Make sure you text or email your landlord about your problems and ask them to understand your situation. An email like this:

“Dear ____, During these difficult times I’m unable to pay rent due to. __ and ___ and ___. Please understand my situation as I want to pay but simply cannot due to this horrible pandemic. I am open to communication with and ask you to respect the extremely difficult times I face. I will pay you in full as soon as I can, but now I must protect my life and the lives of my family!”

***MAKE SURE YOU DOCUMENT EVERYTHING, EXPECIALLY YOUR EMAILS/TEXTS TO YOUR LANDLORD (WITH DATES!) AS EVIDENCE

Landlords want your money for their new cars and vacations!

3. What If My Landlord Offered Me A Payment Plan?

You can choose to agree, but it’s best to disagree. Just make sure you have a record of why you disagreed.

(For example “I need money for my baby!” or “I want to make a payment plan but am worried about being able to pay food and can’t find work, please understand my situation!”)

4. What If My Landlord Harasses Me Or Locks Me Out?

Call the police.

This is a landlord tenant matter and the landlord MUST LET YOU IN!

Tenants Are More Powerful Than We Think!

In Ontario there are strong laws to protect tenants. But most tenants are not aware of our legal rights and don’t fight our landlords!

Many tenants don’t even go to their Landlord and Tenant Board Hearing, which means the landlord wins “automatically” when if you just show up, get free legal aid, you will !

If You Show Up And Fight Back You Will Win!

SO SHOW UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tenants all over, in this global pandemic make sure you enforce your LEGAL RIGHTS.

Most landlord victories at the LTB are because tenants didn’t show up!

Don’t feel afraid, feel ENERGIZED! Feel Proud! You Have Rights And Your Future Is Looking Good! You Will Win If:

– You Fight Back.

-You Get Free Legal Help.

-You Show Up For Your Hearing.(!)

-You Don’t Be Bullied

-You Don’t Be Demotivated.

And you will Win…Yes you will! Love yourself and fight hard with fellow tenants across Ontario!

IT’S YOUR RIGHT TO NOT PAY RENT DURING A PANDEMIC!

REMEMBER TO GET FREE LEGAL HELP AND THEY WILL FIGHT BACK FOR YOU!!!

TENANTS FREE LEGAL HELP!

USE IT TO DEFEAT YOUR LANDLORD AND PROTECT YOUR TENANT RIGHTS!

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Saturday, October 17th, 2020

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ONTARIO LANDLORDS: JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED

Friday, October 9th, 2020

 The Landlord And Tenant Board Is The Way To Legally Evict Non-Paying Tenants. But It’s Taking Months To Get A Hearing! This Just Isn’t Fair! 

Our members own rental properties all over the province. From the far north to the most southern parts of Ontario. From the largest cities to some of the smallest towns. From East to West.

From all over Ontario the message is clear: small landlords are not getting Hearing Dates at the Landlord and Tenant Board.  This is leading to many landlords facing extremely difficult circumstances.

Many landlords have waited for months to get a hearing as their tenants don’t pay rent. Some have been waiting since 2019!

Our OLA members realize that due to the pandemic we should expect some delays…but for months and months, or over a year? No way.

Many  Small Landlords Are Facing Bankruptcy Through No Fault Of Our Own!

Most of our members felt the some of the policies of the Wynne Liberals were not helpful and would lead to less investment (and higher vacancy rates). Our predictions came true.

However, at least Wynne funded the Landlord and Tenant Board and allowed landlords (and tenants) to “have our day in court” within a reasonable time frame.

Furthermore, Kathleen was always open to our calls and questions, as both Housing Minister and then Premier. She wasn’t afraid to explain her policies to us.

Kathleen reached out to the OLA and our members personally many times over the years to explain new goals, new policies ideas, and always wanted the feedback of OLA members (for example, we prevented “own use” applications being banned and explained how damaging it would be to control rent prices between tenancies).

Wynne was not a puppet for corporate landlords and was always there to have long discussions and listen the concerns of our members as well as from tenants.

Are You Still Waiting For Your Landlord And Tenant Board Hearing Date?

Let us know and we’ll make sure your voice is heard! All emailed information will be sent to the Premier and his staff directly. By sending it to us you agree to allow us to publish the information (names redacted).

Send us the following information to landlordvoices@activist.com (Names will be private):

-Your LTB Case Number

-How Long You have Been Waiting

-The Amount Of Money Owed To You

-Some Information On Your Case (Why You Need The Hearing)

-How Not Having Access To Justice Is Impacting You And Your Family

We Need Fairness For Landlords!  Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied!

Even the Wynne Liberals ensured landlords and tenants go our “day in court” in a  month or so.

Now landlords are facing months and months of delays while their tenants continue to not pay rent, make damages or harass their landlord or other tenants.

Good tenants have also written to us complaining their frustrations of long waits on maintenance and other claims.

This Is An Emergency

Small landlords aren’t afraid of the LTB…We need to be able to access it in a fair way and not have to wait for months on end to access our only avenue for justice!

We ask the Premier to “tune out” the landlord protestors and those landlords who aren’t professional and don’t have a real understanding of how government and industries work. They are not representative of 99.99% of the small landlords in Ontario and are embarrassing to us.

Most small “mom and pop” landlords are educated, worldly, and not reactionary with stock phrases demonizing tenants and promoting illegal acts whether it’s by signs or shady credit reporting that will lead to huge problems for those who do it. We were renters too and want to be the excellent landlord we never had.

Most small landlords are facing extreme financial challenges because they have no access to justice? What’s going on? Why is this happening?

Small landlords are running businesses and many voted to “Make Ontario Open For Business”.

Instead we are seeing a policy failure of historic proportions.

We Need Emergency Action To Get The Landlord and Tenant Board Running Efficiently As Soon As Possible

If not, many of our member will sell their rentals.

And even more will make sure they vote for a party that at least properly funds the Landlord and Tenant Board and runs it in a professional manner.

And a party that lives up to their campaign promises to small business people.

HOW TENANTS CAN AVOID EVICTIONS AND WIN! Did You Get A Notice Of Hearing? Getting Evicted? N4, N5? You Can Get FREE LEGAL Help To Defeat Your Landlord And Stay In Your Home!

Thursday, October 1st, 2020

Did You Know Ontario Tenants Have The Right To A Free Lawyer & Free Legal Advice To Fight Your Landlord! Yes, It’s True!

Don’t Be Shy And Take Action! If You Don’t You Can Be Evicted!

If You Make Sure You Get FREE LEGAL HELP FROM THE ONTARIO GOVERNMENT

You Will Not Be Evicted And Win! Defend Your Rights, For Free!

Many Tenants are struggling to make ends meet during the global pandemic known as Covid19.

Even the United States under President Donald Trump has banned all evictions for health reason in 2020.Yes, the USA protects tenants from Covid evictions and Canada doesn’t!

Ontario landlords are allowed to try to evict us even if could mean the death of ourselves and our loved ones!  We could all end up on the streets or face a long dangerous winter in homeless tenant city! Ontario winters are cold and frightening. Many people, including young children die on the cold hard streets.

Ford is the enemy of all tenants and his pathetic attempt to make himself look better by banning rent increases in 2021 is just a pathetic political ploy! Ford talks and talks and talks and refuses the to help people in need. 

Tenants Are Under Attack As Ford Allows For Us To Be Evicted In A Global Pandemic…And Bad Landlords Won’t Give Us A Break!

Got An N4 Or N5 From Your Landlord, L1 or L2…Or A Hearing Date At the Landlord And Tenant Board?

……..What Should You Do?

You need to immediately get free legal help to fight your landlord and defeat them and not move out!

You will not be evicted if you get free legal help!

At worst you will get a very, very long-term “payment plan” (pay a bit over several years, like $20/month, and not have to move out! And your landlord MUST accept it!)

Where To Get Free Legal Help To Protect Yourself?

How can we expect hard-working tenants to become “experts” in landlord /tenant laws? 

The government knows wealthy landlords will hire $500/hour lawyers and paralegals to represent them to evict you and make your life a living HELL! They use your rent money to hire legal help to evict you!

Many landlords want to use the legal system to bully you. But you can fight back!

The good news is in Ontario tenants are protected and you can get free expert legal help to beat our landlord. The Liberal government has protected us!

Yes, FREE EXPERT LEGAL HELP!!! Experts who know the landlord and tenant law like the back of their hand…and they will work for you free!

And they will PROTECT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!

Here’s How:

(1) Contact the Advocacy Centre For Tenants Ontario (ACTO)

ATTN tenants: The Landlord and Tenant Board is now open. ACTO provides tenants who have a scheduled LTB hearing with free legal advice from our Tenant Duty Counsel. Sign up –> tdc.acto.ca

ACTO provides legal supports to tenants across the province and prevent evictions into homelessness through our Tenant Duty Counsel Program (TDCP). Our TDC lawyers provide free legal advice to tenants on the day of their hearing at the Landlord and Tenant Board

There is No “Income Check” for this legal help …ALL TENANTS GET FREE LEGAL REPRESENTATION FROM ACTO LEGAL REPRESENTATIVES AT ALL LANDLORD AND TENANT BOARD (LTB) HEARINGS!!!! Rich or Poor, they give you free help!

If you are a low-income tenant and need legal advice, contact your local legal clinic

Legal clinic staff are amazing and passionate to help you avoid evictions, and make sure your landlord follows the rules or else!

We also work to reduce the many barriers faced by tenants to secure safe and adequate housing. We advocate on behalf of tenants across the province to increase the availability of affordable rental

(2) Call ACORN (Amazing Group Of Volunteer Tenant Heroes!)

This courageous and hard charging group is a leader in defending tenant rights. They are all working class like us and they are making a huge difference and making Tenant Rights a major issue and fighting hard for us!

(3) Call The Federation of Metro Tenants Association

Around since the 1970s this group has a free hot-line for you to call to get help. While not nearly as aggressive as they were under the previous leadership which was incredible and made big changes for tenants, they are great people and on your side and can direct you to help. Very good, sincere people in this organization!

FMTA Tenant Hot-line: 416-921-9494

What If Your Landlord Isn’t Maintaining Your Home Or Harassing You?

(1) Call Your Local By-Law Office

Your landlord is responsible for maintaining the property accord to the property standards laws. You can call the By-Law department directly and they will ORDER YOUR LANDLORD TO FIX  THINGS OR FACE HUGE FINES!

Here’s How It Works:

Yes, you can call By-laws directly if your property isn’t property maintained, if there is mould, if windows allow drafts in, if windows or doors are taken, etc. etc.

A kind and professional By-law Officer will come to your home (without informing your landlord) and do an inspection.

The By-Law Officer will then threaten your landlord to complete the repairs by a certain date or the landlord will receive HUGE FINES!

There is no limit t calling the By-law officer to come inspect your home and make your landlord fix things! That’s right,  no need to even contact your landlord!

(2) Call The Rental Enforcement Unit

Did you know the Ontario Government has a “police force” to arrest and charge landlords? The Ford government tries to hide it but it exists and is a great way to defend your rights!

Telephone: 416-585-7214
Toll-free telephone: 1-888-772-9277

Click here for more information.

 

IF YOU GET FREE EXPERT LEGAL HELP YOU WILL BEAT YOUR LANDLORD! IT’S URGENT YOU GET HELP! DO IT, DON’T BE SHY!

Don’t Be Afraid Of “Causing Trouble” Because in Canada You Are Safe!

Fight back and don’t worry.

Canada is a nation of laws and you have lots of rights as a Tenant…including free legal help. The laws are on your side and you will only be evicted if you don’t get legal help.

Every Tenant In Ontario Gets Free Legal Help To Defeat Your Landlord!

The Only Way You “Lose” Is By Being Shy And Weak Instead of FIGHTING FOR YOUR TENANT RIGHTS!

WE DIDN’T GET FREE LEGAL HELP, WE DIDN’T TAKE ACTION, NOW WE ARE DYING! WHY DIDN’T WE GET A FREE LAWYER TO PROTECT US?

Don’t be shy and use the system to protect you and your family!

Be aggressive because you have strong legal rights so fight back and be confident and not weak! And you can get free expert legal help and your landlord must pay for legal help!

Some landlords are not even agreeing to payment plans and instead are trying to destroy our lives! They want to kick tenants on to the street with our families.

Of course some landlords are good and have offered us fair payment plans but many just want us out, on the street, begging for money, our children possibly abducted and trafficked in Epstein style sex crime’s (like in Haiti).

Families on the street with young children are vulnerable for “child trafficking”. This means you are so vulnerable and your 2 year old could suddenly vanish to Epstein Island…and the landlords doesn’t care at all.

Here’s the secret to how you can win….JUST DO IT! USE THE SYSTEM TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY OR HIT THE STREETS, BE HOMELESS, FACE DISASTER!

GET FREE LEGAL HELP…YES FREE TO BEAT YOUR LANDLORD! YOU SIT BACK AND LET YOUR FREE LAWYER EXPERT DEFEAT YOUR SMALL LANDLORD WHO HAS NO IDEA OF THE LAW!

Ontario Landlords- The Sheriff Must Be Able To Conduct Legal Evictions

Thursday, October 1st, 2020

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!