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Make Sure Your Home Is Safe! You Can Call The Fire Department DIRECTLY And Get Protected

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

The landlords said my rental home was safe, now my babies & pets are dying!

Landlord Charged, Must Pay $3600 In Fines For Failing To Protect Tenants

The news from Barrie360.com about a landlord who did not protect his tenants which led to a fire and thousands of dollars in fines has shocked tenants across Ontario.

It also has millions of tenants scared and wondering what we can do to protect ourselves and our loved ones.

Many Landlords Simply Don’t Care About Your Safety

The Fire Department in Gravenhurst was called with reports of a fire in one of the rental apartments.

The Fire Department put out the electrical fire and discovered that there was a shocking “absence of adequate and up-to-date smoke and CO alarms” in the rental building.

Further investigation led to the landlord getting five charges of “Failure to Install Smoke Alarms” and another five charges of “Failure to Install Carbon Monoxide Alarms.”

Fire Prevention Officer Warns Landlords

A fire prevention officer stated:

“The notion of a landlord failing to adequately safeguard their tenants with basic measures such as alarms is simply intolerable in this day and age,”

All landlords must understand their responsibilities under the legislation, ‘I didn’t know’ doesn’t wash anymore,” he said.

The property owner faces fines of $3,600.

The Landlord Only Cared After Getting Caught, Charged and Fined

When it comes to safety the landlord in the above didn’t care about his tenants at all.  While there are good landlords out there, many simply only care your hard earned money going into their pockets.

What if someone had died due to the landlords lack of ethics and breaking the law?  This could have been a true tragedy.

Protect Your Family By Being Aggressive and Demanding

This case is proof you can’t rely on your landlords to fulfill their legal responsibilities. HELL NO!

You need to be proactive…and aggressive and demanding.

IF YOU AREN’T PROACTIVE, AGGRESSIVE AND DEMANDING YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES MIGHT DIE!

The landlords said the smoke detectors were working! I just needed to call the Fire Dept. directly at no charge and they would have prevented this…

How Can You Protect Yourself?

Many tenants have said sharing the concerns lead to nothing.  So while there are great landlords out there who will make sure are safe it seems like they are small minority (and if you find them, stick with them!)

The best way is to call the Fire Department directly and tell them you are a tenant and want to make sure your rental HOME is safe.

 

Landlords Are Legally Responsible For Keeping Your Home Safe! Call Us To Inspect!

Call Your Local Fire Department Directly Without Telling Your Landlord

Most Fire Departments will be more than happy to help!

They will send a highly trained fire prevention specialist to go over all over your concerns.

They will also make note of your call and you can ask them to do regular inspections.

Your Landlord Might Be Charged And Fined, But They Must Make Your Home Safe

Make the call to your local fire department to protect yourself.  The landlord cannot “punish you for this” at all (although many will threaten this).

NO WAY!

In Canada you have the right to a safe rental home and your landlord must pay for it!

Where are Mommy and Daddy????

Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones…Be Aggressive and Don’t Let Some Landlord Ruin Your Life And Murder Your Children

Take Action!

TENANTS HAVE RIGHTS, BUT YOU MUST ACT TO MAKE SURE YOUR RIGHTS ARE ENFORCED

Every tenant in Ontario should call your local fire department and request a fire inspector come and make sure your home is safe.

It doesn’t cost you a cent.

Make The Call!

Protect your family and pets and loved ones by making the call.

Google Your Local Fire Department Today, Tell Them You Are A Concerned Tenant And Ask Them For An Inspection ASAP!

Illegal Questions On Applications? File a Human Rights Complaint

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

Are You On Welfare Or Disability?? Do You Have Kids? Do You Have A Disability? Are You A Canadian Citizen? Are You An Alcoholic Or Do Drugs? What Is Your Religion?

All Illegal Under the Ontario Human Rights Code & You Can File A Complaint

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Lots Of Reasons Any Tenant Getting This Application Should File A Human Rights Complaint (And Win A Large Judgement)

Many tenants are unaware of our rights when it comes to finding an apartment.

And why shouldn’t we be? After all finding a new place to call home can be one of the most stressful things anyone can ever do.

Low Vacancy Rates Give Landlords All the Power

Because of the rise of AirBnb lots of rentals are off the market for long term great tenants who want to find a place to put down roots, grow our careers, and raise our families.

With the pro-landlord governments not enforcing the laws against these type of short term rentals, things have never been worse for tenants.

Landlords Are Getting Away With Illegal Human Rights Abuses All Over Ontario!

A recent story by CBC news shined a light on what landlords in Waterloo are getting away with.

You could say they are getting away with murder because not being able to find a home leads to suicides and many physical and mental problems for people just trying to survive.

What Questions Are Illegal?

Here are some of the questions that need to lead to a Human Rights Complaint (and a punishment of the illegal landlord)

-Are You On Welfare or Disability?

-Do You Have Kids?

-Do You Have A Disability?

-Are You A Canadian Citizen?

-Are You An Alcoholic?

-Do You Do Drugs?

-What Is Your Religion?

And even more!  See what the these bad landlords can and cannot do HERE.

What Can I Do If I Face These Illegal Landlord Questions?

You can file a Human Rights Complaint and based on my research as long as you file you will win.

You see, if they agree to take your case it means you will win and beat the landlord.  And the landlord will be required to pay you money (and worse).

Contacts To Help You Get The Justice You Deserve In a Law-Abiding Nation Like Canada

If you need human rights legal advice or help filing an application with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, contact the Ontario Human Rights Legal Support Centre at: 416-597-4900 or 1-866-625-5179 and speak with a Human Rights Advisor.

To file an application directly with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, visit their website and follow the instructions for How to file an application.

In This Era of Low Vacancy Rates And Gov’t Cuts Tenants Must Take Action!

Canada is a country known for following the rule of law. Yet many people (especially newcomers to Canada) are unaware that many landlords (and employers) want to trick and intimidate people into accepting a lawless “Mad Max” type of state.

1. Landlords Refusing Tenants On Welfare Is Common…and Illegal!

I hear this all the time. They base your application on source of income, which is ILLEGAL. File a complaint if you are on Ontario Works or ODSP.

File a Human Rights complaint.

2. Landlords Refusing Tenants Due To Lack of Citizenship Is Common…and Illegal!

Oh you are new here so you are not a real human being?

File a Human Rights complaint.

In Canada You Have Rights! But You Need To Fight For Them!

It’s up to you to make sure you use the fair system to demand your rights and punish these local Canadians who want to scare you, trick you, intimidate you, and abuse you and your family.

Make Sure Canadian Laws Are Followed By Law-Breakers: File A Human Rights Complaint!

You have rights but only if you take action.

Many newcomers to Canada are not aware that the laws are not “automatically” happening…you need to speak up and be aggressive to Defend Your Rights.

Speak up, be aggressive and make sure your legal rights are protected and you get the money you deserve from illegal criminal landlords.

Insider Info: I spoke with a lawyer who is often at the Human Rights Commission Tribunal  (OHRC)

She explained if your complaint is accepted (and you can demand it be accepted by NOT BACKING DOWN) tenants will often not only win, but win a large monetary judgement against the landlord who has to try to defend themselves.

While the Landlord and Tenant Board is understaffed and often can’t attract the best people due to low salaries and bureaucracy, the OHRC is run by educated professionals who know how important their job is.

Fellow Tenants You Have Nothing To Fear And Nothing To Lose AND EVERYTHING TO GAIN FIGHTING FOR YOUR RIGHTS!

FILE, FILE, FILE

Take a look at some cases where Tenants upheld their rights, took the landlord to the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal and won HERE.

“Tenants Do Not Have To Shovel Snow! (Even if you have a separate agreement to do so)

Sunday, October 27th, 2019

“Tenants Do Not Have To Shovel Snow! (Even if you have a separate agreement to do so)

Winter is coming, which means for Tenants the return of snow and ice.

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An innocent and hard-working Tenant named RyanR posted and shared his concerns about his landlord bullying him that HE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOVELING THE SNOW.

Now weather is bad and I need some help.

Now this is getting serious. We are having some bad weather and my landlord texted me tooday telling me to make sure I clear any ice or snow tomorrow morning BECAUSE IT IS MY RESPONSIBILITY. Guess he was thinking about me cashing my check today :x

First of all, I have to work from midnight to noon. Second of all, what am i paying the damn rent for? Where does the rent money go?

Sure the landlords forced me to sign an agreement saying we would do the snow removal but they said if we didn’t sign they wouldn’t rent to us.

What are my rights?

Let’s break this down to help hard-working tenants make sure you are not bullied by evil landlords.

1. Lease says tenants must cut the lawn and shovel the snow

This is ILLEGAL

The landlord has an obligation to keep the building and the rental units in it in a good state of repair and comply with health and safety standards. It is the landlord’s responsibility for snow removal and grass cutting. Under section 26 of Ontario Regulation 517, exterior common areas must be maintained by the landlord and this includes removing noxious weeds and any unsafe accumulation of ice and snow.

The case then went to the Ontario Court of Appeal and in a decision dated June 29, 2009. The court ruled that since the responsibility for snow removal is the landlord’s under the Act, then the landlord cannot transfer this responsibility to the tenant unless there is separate consideration given. In other words, the landlord would have been required to sign a separate agreement whereby he paid the tenant to remove the snow. Without this, the clause requiring snow removal was void.
https://www.canlii.org/en/on/onca/doc/2 … nca808.pdf

The Court of Appeal stated that the Act and Regulations make it clear that in the residential landlord and tenant relationship, the landlord is responsible for keeping the common walkways free of snow and ice. Therefore, it cannot be a term of the tenancy that the tenants complete snow removal tasks.


2. Corrupt landlords have created the myth here on the OLA forum that landlords can create a “separate form” outside of the lease that tenants must sign agreeing we are responsible for mowing the lawn and shoveling the drive-way.

It’s amazing how there has been a true CONSPIRACY ON THIS WEBSITE by landlords who post information they know will not hold water to intimidate tenants. This has been one of the goals of the landlords since day 1. Even more amazing is how the landlord information here has spread like a wild fire, as everything the landlords post here is quickly picked up and repeated all over the place.

The Act and Regulations make clear that in the residential landlord and tenant relationship, the landlord is responsible for keeping the common walkways free of snow and ice. It cannot be a term of a tenancy that the tenants complete snow removal tasks.

But…A Landlord can enter into a separate contract with the Tenant in which the Tenant agrees to snow removal services right? We read this here are all time.

So a crafty landlord get you to sign a separate agreement and there’s nothing you can do, right?

WRONG! Don’t be tricked or intimidated!

It is the landlords legal responsibility to take care of ice and snow and be liable for any “slip and falls”, not Tenants.

So What Can I Do If I Was Tricked Into a Separate Agreement To Give Away My Tenant Rights?

You have great choices.

(a) First of all you can file against your landlord at the Landlord and Tenant Board and explain you only signed because your landlord demanded you sign to rent to you. The adjudicator will order the landlord to FULFILL THEIR LEGAL OBLIGATIONS (and even fine your landlord and put them on the LTB’s “BAD LANDLORD DATABASE” which exists but is shhhhhhhhhhhhhh…secret.more on this later.)

Even better:

(b) If you don’t shovel your landlord can’t evict you because they will have to take you to small claims court. This process takes months and will the landlord even pay the fees and do all the work for a $50/month shoveling contract? No way. And even if they do you just explain the rules of the Residential Tenancies Act and you will win at small claims court and can get a judgement against your landlord for wasting your time so he/she will have to pay you $$$$$$$$. While you are waiting you can file a Tenant Rights Claim and force your landlord to shovel while you wait for small claims court :D

TENANTS, THE DEVIOUS LANDLORD AGENDA TO MAKE US SHOVEL SNOW, ICE, AND BE RESPONSIBLE FOR SLIP AND FALLS MUST COME TO AN END

Landlords are responsible and separate agreements don’t work and can give the landlord a huge legal problem.

Learn your rights. And in the process you are helping your landlord with some really important exercise. Work it baby, work it.

Shovel landlord, shovel. And make sure you put down salt and sand because if the tenant falls the landlord is in big trouble. (You might even end up OWNING the property!)

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

 

Add Your Voice To Our Submission To Premier Doug Ford And The Ministry To Make Important Changes To Protect Landlords!

The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is having a key consultation with stake-holders on how to create more high quality housing in our province. Making it “easier” to be an Ontario landlord is an important part of the consultation. 

The Ontario Landlords Association is submitting what will be a game-changing submission on changes small landlords need to be successful. 

We ask our members to share your ideas and experiences for our submission by taking our survey.  

For more detailed debate and discussion please post in our Private Members Forum (for verified landlords only). Also, if members want to attend preparatory meetings and the consultations join the discussion in the Private Members Forum.

Create your own user feedback survey

We Want Win-Win Business Relationships With Tenants

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019

A Landlord Reveals Her Goals To Tenants

Dear Tenant,

I am an a person who invested in an Ontario property. This makes me an Ontario “landlord”. The term “landlord” has a lot of negativity. It brings back memories of British Lords with castles and ripping off working class people. 

That’s not me.  I work two jobs and have a mortgage. My one rental property is nicer than my own house I live in. My car has over 200,000 kms on it and is 12 years old.

So please call me an Ontario “housing provider” or an Ontario “resident who wants to be a great owner of a property people rent from me.”

This open letter to you is to share information so that we can be a team.

After all, you need me, and I need you. 

Let’s be partners in this venture, working together for both sides to succeed!

1. I am not getting rich on this venture.

In fact, for the first 12-18 months of me buying this property, I am going to lose money. Even then, this duplex/triplex that you are living in will net me approx $200-$300 per month after all expenses have been paid. Doing the math, I believe that works out to $2,400-$3,600 per year.

At some point in time, I hope that this property gains value, and I can sell it for more that I bought it. It’s a great concept that you could work towards in your lifetime – if you are so inclined.

Until then, you need a place to live, and I need a tenant.

2. Please take care of our property.

It’s your home, but it’s my house.

If I know that you will keep your home in decent condition, I will be much more motivated to ask you to help me pick out a colour next time I paint the walls, or replace the carpet.

Please don’t be a don’t be a bad tenant who thinks I’m some kind of super rich predator sucking you you dry and spending your rent on Ferrari’s and caviar.

3. I promise to respect you and your personal rights.

I will give you all the notice I can before I have to enter your apartment. After all, this is your home, but it’s my house. If I need to replace a toilet, or fix something, I will give you advanced notice.

I hope the respect will be mutual. After all, it’s the little things that count. If we can all get along, we will both enjoy working with each other. I am not here to mess with your life.

4. I was you once, perhaps you will be me one day.

I know what it’s like to rent. I know what it’s like to be a tenant. It’s actually a decent way to live.

I never worried about the roof, the plumbing, needing a new stove, or fridge, or even if the carpet was getting worn down and needed replacing.

I never worried if the city increased utilities, or taxes – I paid a flat rent, which can only increase by a very small amount each year. I let my landlord worry and take care of all of that.

You need me, and I need you. If neither one of us are jerks, this will work out just fine.

Sincerely,

Ms. Ontario Landlord

Discuss this at the Ontario Landlord forums