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Join Our Community Team For 2022-2023

Friday, November 25th, 2022

The Ontario Landlords Association is a community association of small landlords across the province that started over a decade ago.

Our goal since Day 1 have been to raise the level of professionalism in the Ontario rental industry. Before we started there were few places to find help or advice and the concerns of small landlords were rarely mentioned in the media.

We came together as a community to make sure small landlords were aware of the rules according to the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) and followed these rules. Before we came along many small landlords had little understanding of the RTA or the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB).

Furthermore, we made it clear that landlords needed to learn the rules of the Human Rights Commission and follow them. Many small landlords were totally unaware of these important rules before we educated them.

Are you interested in joining our Volunteer Team for 2022-2023

You can help by volunteering in the following ways.

1 Sharing your experiences/advice as a small landlord in Ontario with blog posts.

2 Helping us find new great services to introduce to our community.

3 Moderating our forums.

4 Helping process new memberships.

5 Organizing meetings across the province.

6 Speaking to media to provide a fair and sophisticated view on landlord-tenant issues.

We Are All About Raising The Bar For Small Landlords To Achieve Win-Win Business Relationships With Our Tenants

For our members only, please send us your information and status as a landlord, how many volunteer hours you have available and specifically how you can help in one of the above categories.

Join Our Team! 


Thank you for the overwhelming response from small working class landlords from across the province! Submissions are now closed. We have our new team helping out in every aspect of our growing community organization. Great work everyone!

Ontario Landlords Have More Rights Than California, USA Landlords! Yes, USA!

Friday, October 21st, 2022

 

Thank you for accepting my submission as a volunteer.  This is just my opinion based on comparing different areas and how Tenants are treated.

Landlords in Ontario continue to claim things such as “Tenants have all the rights”, “The system isn’t fair” and “Landlords have no rights.”

This is not true.

The real problems Ontario landlords face is not the ‘system’, it’s their lack of professionalism. 

Sorry…in the Western nations Tenants have rights! Be professional and you don’t have any problems!

From not screening properly to not being fair to their Tenants to not bothering to train and view being a landlord as a job and not just sit back and take the money.

—“If you don’t treat small landlords right no one will invest.”

—Meanwhile there is MASSIVE and HUGE rental investment in Ontario rental properties in 2022.

I’m going to show you a clear example.

Ontario Landlords Have More Rights Than California, USA Landlords! Yes, USA!

And it’s an important example as many Canadians think they are more ‘fair’ and ‘gentle’ compared to Americans.

It’s simply not true.

California Offers Real Protection For Tenants: Tenants Who Didn’t Pay Rent Between March 1, 2020 ad September 30, 2021 Cannot Be Evicted!

Smart and handsome California governor Newsom really knows how to protect Tenants.

Did you know in California this is the PERMANENT law:

State law permanently protects residential tenants from eviction if they were unable to pay rent due between March 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021 because of COVID-19-related lost income or increased expenses.

All Tenants have to do:

To be protected, tenants must return a declaration that their landlord must give them along with any eviction notice seeking collection of this rent.

California Is Very Clear To Protect Tenants And Their Rights

Can a landlord pursue back rent through an eviction process even though the landlord has also obtained relief or compensation from another source?

No. The eviction moratorium prohibits a landlord from using the eviction process to recover delayed rent if the landlord has already been compensated for the unpaid rent through federal or state government relief funds or other programs that provide such compensation.

Does the moratorium provide tenants with any affirmative defenses if a landlord files an eviction lawsuit against the tenant, in violation of the moratorium?

Yes.  The moratorium grants an affirmative defense that may be raised at any time in an eviction lawsuit (also known as an unlawful detainer action) if a landlord files the lawsuit in violation of the moratorium.

The moratorium says that “a landlord may not deceive a tenant in connection with . . . this Order.” What does that mean?

A landlord cannot intentionally or carelessly provide false information about the protections provided by the moratorium, or what the moratorium requires landlords or tenants to do. Providing incomplete information could also be a violation.

What should a tenant do if a landlord serves an eviction notice, files an eviction lawsuit against the tenant, or provides false or misleading information, in violation of the moratorium?

Tenants can complain to the City Attorney’s Office if landlords don’t comply with the moratorium. If informal efforts to get the landlord to rescind notices fail, the City may issue a fine of $1,000 or file a lawsuit. Also, the tenant or the City can sue the landlord for violations the Tenant Harassment Ordinance. The maximum civil penalty for a violation of the Tenant Harassment Ordinance has been increased from $10,000 to $15,000 during the emergency.

https://www.santamonica.gov/coronavirus-eviction-moratorium

Residential Eviction Protections for Non-Payment of Rent

Los Angeles County Eviction Moratorium: For rent due from July 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022, tenants whose household income is at or below 80 percent Area Median Income are protected from eviction for nonpayment of rent, if they certify their income and inability to pay due to financial impacts related to COVID-19. To be protected, tenants must provide notice to their landlord within 7 days of rent is due, every month that rent is due. This program was enacted by and is administered by the County of Los Angeles. For more information, please visit https://dcba.lacounty.gov/noevictions/ or call 800-593-8222.

State law permanently protects residential tenants from eviction if they were unable to pay rent due between March 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021 because of COVID-19-related lost income or increased expenses. To be protected, tenants must return a declaration that their landlord must give them along with any eviction notice seeking collection of this rent. Even if a tenant has already provided a declaration each month, they should return this declaration as well. State law says that tenants must have paid 25 percent of rent due for September 2020 – September 2021 by September 30, 2021 in order to be protected. However, tenants who did not pay 25 percent may still be protected from eviction if they apply for state rent relief or their applications for state rent relief are pending. Residential tenants can call the Legal Aid Foundation at (800) 399-4529 for more information.

State law also prohibits a court from issuing a summons in an eviction case for rent owed through March 31, 2022 unless the landlord declares under penalty of perjury that he or she applied for government rental assistance and was rejected; and provides a copy of the final rejection. This prohibition expires on June 30, 2022.

Even after March 31, 2022, tenants who can pay all the rent owed with the help of rental assistance now have more time to pay to avoid eviction. Tenants can contest or overturn an eviction at any time prior to leaving if they can show that with approved assistance and their own funds (if needed) they can pay all the rent owed. Tenants can do so even after getting a court ruling against them. This protection only applies if the rent was owed between March 1, 2020 and March 31, 2022 and the tenancy began before October 1, 2021.

Protections against evictions for reasons other than nonpayment of rent have also been extended. On June 29, 2022, The City extended the following protections until December 31, 2022*:

  • Protections against “no-fault” evictions, including owner-occupancies;
  • Protections against evictions for nuisance, with limited exceptions for health and safety concerns, or for unauthorized occupants or pets;
  • Owners may serve requisite notices for an Ellis Act eviction, but shall not file an eviction based on removal of a unit from the market under the Ellis Act until 60 days after December 31, 2022.

Special protections against eviction for refusing non-emergency entries were not extended and are no longer in effect. Landlords must still comply with California law regarding entries, including entering only for specific reasons and providing reasonable notice.

*If the County Health Office Order is terminated, or the City does not ratify the need for a continuing local emergency every 60 days, the protections would end prior to December 31, 2022.

Los Angeles County extended protections against eviction for nuisances, unauthorized occupants and animals, and certain owner-occupancies through December 31, 2022, but did not extend protections for denying entry to landlords beyond May 31, 2022. Where protections are provided by Los Angeles County and the City of Santa Monica, the stronger protection applies. You can find more information at https://dcba.lacounty.gov/noevictions/

Ontario Landlords Association Fire Safety Campaign 2022: Keep Your Tenants Safe!

Friday, September 2nd, 2022

Ontario Landlords Association Fire Safety Campaign Rental Property

Experienced Ontario Landlords Know Safe Rentals Are Our Priority!

Winter is already on the way.  For over a decade our landlord community association has educated small working class mom and pop landlords on the importance of Fire Safety!

Many small landlords had no idea they were required to make their rentals “fire safe” until we started sharing this vital information over a decade ago.

Sadly there are still landlords who aren’t following the laws in 2022. 

Rule #1 – Make sure you contact your local fire department and work together to make your rentals “fire-safe.” All properties are unique so get your local fire dept. to help you make your rentals safe.

Here is how to start according to the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs in 2022:

Most fire departments in Ontario provide homeowners with free fire safety inspections to go over which Fire Code Regulations and local by-laws affect your property. You can schedule an appointment and they conduct a walk-through assessment with you to go over the requirements.

For some safety tips and requirements of smoke alarms, please visit: https://www.oafc.on.ca/smoke-alarms

For some safety tips and requirements of carbon monoxide alarms, please visit: https://www.oafc.on.ca/carbon-monoxide.

Downloadable brochures can be found on our website here (and on the left-hand column): https://www.oafc.on.ca/public-safety

Your local fire department would also have brochures and pamphlets (likely in multiple languages) to provide to you and your tenants..

Let’s Make Our Rentals Fire Safe!

Safe rentals are a great way to let all the good tenants out there know you are a responsible and professional landlord who takes being a landlord seriously.  Successful landlords know good tenants want to rent from responsible landlords who rent out safe and well maintained rental housing units. Remember: Contact your local Fire Department for details for your specific rental property!

The Ontario Landlords Association is a community association that has launched Fire Safety Campaigns for over a decade to make sure residential landlords across the province are aware of their responsibilities for owning rental properties and protecting our tenants. 

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International Students Be Careful Of Rental Scams

Friday, September 2nd, 2022

Coming to a new land can be exciting. There can also be dangers. So be happy, be positive but always be careful.

For example, be aware there are lots of “rental scams” happening in Ontario.

This has nothing to do with real landlords, but people who act as the landlord when they aren’t!

According to CBC news an international student at the University of Waterloo in Ontario says she was eager to settle into new housing ahead of the fall semester, but was stripped of her savings and is fighting poor mental health after falling victim to a rental scam.

The victim is Armina Soleymani who moved from Iran to Ontario 3 years ago to get her Doctorate degree.

She says:

“Before, I had one problem: Finding a place. But now, I have two problems: Finding a place and getting my money back … I can’t focus on my studies.”

Soleymani’s experience comes following a slew of warnings by the Waterloo Regional Police Service, and as officers confirm they’re probing multiple reports of rental fraud in the university area this month.

Soleymani said she began searching for a new rental unit near the university about two months ago in order to secure a place before her current lease expires Aug. 31.

How The Rental Scam Works

Earlier this month, she found an online listing from someone calling themself a tenant through a Facebook group that’s popular among students. The woman said she wanted to sublet a unit at a building on Columbia Street West in Waterloo. Soleymani arranged an in-person appointment to meet with the woman on Aug. 6.

Soleymani said the woman, who claimed she was a student, gave her a tour of the furnished unit, and then they signed a lease agreement.

She said the woman requested that Soleymani pay $2,000 in cash to cover first and last month’s rent and a key deposit.

“I got suspicious and asked her for her ID,” said Soleymani. “I asked her to come down in front of the building’s main entrance door where there were two security cameras and I paid her.”

Soleymani said the woman gave her a key, which turned out to be fake, and was told it would work on the move-in day, so there was no opportunity to try it out beforehand to see if it would gain her access to the building.

Soleymani also said she kept in touch with the woman through Facebook, but after a few days, she noticed the woman’s Facebook page had been deleted. When Soleymani went to check on the unit, she happened upon a building manager, who advised her she had been scammed by the woman and there were other victims.

From what Soleymani understands, the woman didn’t actually live there. She also understands, based on what the building manager told her, that the woman had been subletting the unit herself from another person who was subletting it.

Soleymani said she believes scammers go out of their way to target international students or those scrambling to find a place weeks before school.

“During this time, students are desperate, they just want to find a place,” she said. “I think right now I realize several [red] flags, but I was under the pressure of finding a place. When your priority is to protect yourself from being homeless, you can’t focus on other things.

“There are lots of international students … that are looking for a place with no success … We have no choice other than to trust people and I know for many other students who come from overseas, there’s no choice but using online applications,” she added, noting language barriers also make the process more challenging.

Soleymani said the situation has impacted her mental health, and left her unable to focus on her studies and research. She hopes her story will raise awareness and help others.

“I just want to warn the other students. I don’t want anyone to experience the same situation.”

How You Can Protect Yourself and Your Money!
According to the University of Toronto you can protect yourself in the following ways

Small Landlords Campaign To Make Sure Our Tenants “BEAT THE HEAT”

Sunday, August 14th, 2022

Experienced and successful small Ontario landlords know how important it is to rent to good long term tenants.

How Do You Keep Your Tenants Renting From You?

The key is to have a great property at an affordable price and then take care of your tenants and treat them like the 5 star clients they are.

Our members were shocked reading a story about how some corporate landlords were trying to evict their long term tenants just because they wanted a comfortable living environment and wanted to keep their air conditioners.

This is not how the landlord-tenant relationship should work

Unlike some corporate landlords who want to evict their tenants due to having air conditioners, we want to help our tenants “beat the heat” and be as comfortable in the summer as they are in winter. Many small landlords used to rent and we want to give our tenants what we always wanted.

Our Members are discussing this and already some great advice has popped up. For example:

“I make sure my windows are large and wide and with screens to keep out the mosquitos. My tenants appreciate the wind and breeze and it keeps them comfy and happy.”

“I own a single family home with central air. The tenants pay for their own usage and it’s been a win-win situation for years. Having central air is very attractive to prospective tenants.”

“Having efficient air conditioners in my units has led lots of great applicants wanting to rent from me.  Who wants to rent from a place that is too hot? That would suck!”

“I rented for years before buying my property and know how much I appreciated my landlord supplying an a/c when I couldn’t even afford one. Awesome landlord! I am now that Awesome landlord and making sure my tenants are happy!”

“I make sure my tenants know they can contact me whenever they want if they have any problems. If it’s too hot and the a/c is not working I make it a priority to get it fixed. Who can sleep when the whole world is getting hotter due to climate change!”

Working With Your Tenants Is Essential

By working together on all issues seeking win-win results small landlords can be very successful. While corporate landlords are often rigid, realizing that our tenants are human beings and our five-star clients and working together is the way to make your small “mom and pop” rental properties a success.

Join Our Community And Become A Successful Landlord

Join us in helping tenants “Beat The Heat” as small ‘mom and pop’ landlords in our community continue to lead the way to improve the rental industry for landlord-tenant fair relationships.