Archive for the ‘Landlord and Tenant News’ Category

The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA)

Sunday, June 19th, 2022

More and more of our members have succeeded with small rental investments and are now investing in larger units. And many of these larger units have elevators.

Ontario Landlords Association members are proud to make sure our members put “safety first” for all aspects of our rentals to protect tenants.

One our most most important requires for our members is to always make your properties safe for your tenants.

We never want to see tragedies happen that could have been avoided had the landlords been Ontario Landlords Association members.

TSSA reached out to us:

Dear Ontario Landlords Association And Our Safety Partners,

The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) has released a communication providing an update on the new rule to enhance elevator availability in Ontario.

Here is the link to the news bulletin for information please.

Please feel free to reach out should you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA)

Become An OLA Member And Begin Running TVS Credit Checks For Only $10/Check!

Monday, May 23rd, 2022

Join the Ontario Landlords Association for a One-Time Registration Fee & Start Running TVS Credit Checks For for Only $10.00/Check.

A Huge Savings For Our Community Members!

Members of the Ontario Landlords Association follow the rules and work hard for win-win landlord-tenant relationships. Unlike other groups we stress the need for lawful tenant screening and have never had a bad tenant list. Landlords need to screen each applicant based on legal screening measures. The good news is you can run credit checks.

But not all credit checks are created equal.

There have been many opportunistic ‘start-ups’ who aren’t landlords offering services that are unstable and not what you want to use for your long term rental business success.

Toronto Star Ontario Landlords Use Credit Checks To Avoid Bad Tenants

Toronto Star – “Join a group such as the Ontario Landlords Association  where after becoming a member, you can do a credit check for as low as $10, and use their supporting materials to assist you.”

The Ontario Landlords Association is honoured to recommend our members to TVS – Tenant Verification Service Inc. For Big Discounts For Great Checks In North America

Tenant screening helps minimize the risk of renting to high-risk tenants and reduces the risk of rental income loss. This helps protect your rental investment.

TVS is a premier nationwide tenant screening service that offers a fast and efficient tenant screening service. We can:

  • provide a full credit report from Equifax
  • provide a background criminal check
  • safeguard your rental investment
Whether you are looking for a complete credit evaluation or comprehensive tenant screening, TVS provides 24/7 online access to a variety of consumer reports to meet your specific needs.
Credit reports provide valuable financial information and are great tools to evaluate your applicant’s payment habits and overall credit health.
TVS Criminal reports provide important insights that ensure you’re making better decisions on prospective tenants. Our background checks are essential tools to ensure a safer community and a protected property.

A consumer credit report can provide you with an overview of your applicant’s financial health.  You can see if they have overdue accounts, how much credit they have utilized and their history of payments.  This will help you to determine if they take their financial responsibilities seriously which is an indication of how they might treat their rental payments.

As a member of the Ontario Landlord Association, you pay only $10.00 for an Equifax Consumer Credit Report.

Run TVS Credit Checks For Success

All information received in the background investigation process will be remained by confidential, secured files with restricted access to only those who a need to know.

TVS credit checks give you tremendous information to allow you to make the right decision.

Take Control Of Your Rental Business and Succeed!

Tenants respect landlords who are professional and use the best services. They feel confident in you and will rent from you over other landlords who are not as professional.

A TVS report give you all the information you need to choose the best tenants for your property.

Non-Member Price: $21.58

OLA Members Price: $10.00 per check 

Become an OLA member for a one time community fee just to help us cover our costs and the savings is incredible when you run a premium credit check on your potential tenants with TVS!

Region of Peel Wants Input From Ontario Landlords Association Members

Friday, April 29th, 2022

To Ontario Landlords Association Member Housing Stakeholders:

Peel Region’s Vacant Home Tax Public Industry Consultation Session on Tuesday, May 10 at 7 – 8:30 p.m. The session will be hosted and facilitated by Ernst and Young (EY), the Vacant Home Tax Consultants

OLA Members are invited to attend and participate in the Region’s Vacant Home Tax Public Industry Consultation Session on Tuesday, May 10 at 7 – 8:30 p.m. The session will be hosted and facilitated by Ernst and Young (EY), the Vacant Home Tax Consultants. 

Designed to provide housing industry leaders with information on the Vacant Home Tax program, the main goal of the session is to help the Region gather industry feedback to help in making informed decisions related to the design of a Vacant Home Tax program. We look forward to your attendance and participation. 

To learn more and complete the Vacant Home Tax survey, Ontario Landlords Association Members can log in at our MEMBERS FORUM.

Landlord & Tenant Board News For Small Landlords

Thursday, April 7th, 2022

TO:                  Ontario Landlord Association Stakeholders

SUBJECT:   Scheduling Update

 We are writing to provide you with an update on scheduling at the Landlord and Tenant Board.

We continue to hear all types of applications. In addition to scheduling previously adjourned matters and tenant merit applications, we are also scheduling merits hearings for newly filed landlord applications. We’d like to advise you of the following details:

  • Urgent matters will continue to be scheduled on a priority basis. If you believe your matter warrants an earlier hearing date, you can file a Request to Extend/Shorten Time.
  • Tenant merits hearings will continue to be scheduled in smaller blocks.

One adjudicator will be assigned to each block. One moderator and one dispute resolution officer will support each tenant merits block, allowing for same-day mediation.

  • L1s and L2s will also be scheduled in smaller blocks to ensure all matters get heard in the allotted time. The size of the blocks will increase incrementally over the summer and leading into the fall, and we will continue to monitor them to ensure that the appropriate number of matters are being scheduled for the allotted time.

One adjudicator will be assigned to each block. One moderator and one dispute resolution officer will support each block, allowing for same-day mediation.

  • Approximately 9-10 blocks will be scheduled each day, Monday to Thursday. L1s, and L2s and tenant merits, will be scheduled on alternating weeks (for example, week 1 will consist of L1 blocks, and week 2 will consist of L2 and tenant merit blocks).
  • Case management hearings and merits hearings for Above Guideline Increase applications continue to be scheduled.
  • Motions, reviews, and co-operative housing hearings also continue to be part of the schedule as required, as well as weekly French/bilingual hearings.
  • Online dispute resolution continues to be available for all applications filed in the Tribunals Ontario Portal. Routine mediation also continues to be available upon request for all application types. If you filed your application in the Tribunals Ontario Portal, you can make a request for routine mediation through the portal. For all other applications, you can email or mail your request to the applicable regional office.

Thank you for your continued patience as we work on service improvements. We are in the process of refining our scheduling model, and the updates provided above are part of that process.

In the coming weeks, we will be holding a stakeholder meeting where we will discuss our future scheduling plans and our work to improve service standards. As always, you’ll have an opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions at that meeting.

How Much Can Ontario Landlords Raise The Rent in 2022? Only 1.2%

Friday, April 1st, 2022

According to the guideline Ontario landlords can only raise the rent by is 1.2 per cent in 2022

Did you know the Ontario government caps how much private Ontario landlords can raise the rent each year?

But It’s My Private Property, How Can That Be True?

Yes, it’s true.

It’s your property that you paid for, that is yours but you are not free to raise rents on your tenants without government interference.

The rent increase guideline is the maximum most landlords can raise a tenant’s rent without the approval of the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB). It is applicable to most rent increases between January 1 and December 31, 2022.

Alert For Small Ontario Landlords: The Increase Is Not Automatic

Rent increases are not automatic or mandatory. Landlords may only raise rent if they gave tenants at least 90 days written notice using the correct form. In most cases, the rent increase cannot be more than the rent increase guideline.

In addition, at least 12 months must have passed since the first day of the tenancy or the last rent increase. If a tenant believes they have received an improper rent increase, they may dispute it at the LTB within 12 months.

What Does the OLA Say About This?

Our most experienced and successful Ontario Landlord Association Members have been clear about this for over a decade.

With low annual rent increase rules, it’s important that Ontario landlords make sure they raise the rent each year according to the guideline.

We also want the government to allow landlords and tenants to freely negotiate rents between leases without government interference (and get rid of government “allowable rent increases” that are far below inflation and our costs.)