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Ontario Landlords Protect Your Rental Business With Credit Checks (Before Handing Over The Keys)

Wednesday, August 18th, 2021

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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.

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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

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Announcement on Provincewide Emergency Brake

Friday, April 2nd, 2021

TO:                 Ontario Landlord Association Stakeholders

FROM:           Karen Restoule, Associate Chair

                       Lynn Dicaire, Registrar

RE:                Announcement on Provincewide Emergency Brake

Today, the provincial government announced it’s imposing a province wide emergency brake that will take effective Saturday, April 3, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. and in place for at least four weeks across the province.

At this time, the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) will continue to hold hearings for all types of applications and issue orders, including orders for evictions. This will help ensure that tenants and landlords seeking resolution from the LTB are provided access to justice with minimal service delays.

The LTB will continue to conduct hearings by videoconference, phone or in writing to protect the health and safety of Ontarians.

We continue to encourage landlords and tenants to work together to resolve their disputes during this challenging time.

The LTB is carefully monitoring the situation and operational changes, if any, will be posted to our website. Thank you for your ongoing patience and cooperation. We remain committed to providing fair, effective and timely access to justice.

Sincerely,

Karen Restoule                    Lynn Dicaire

Associate Chair                    Registrar

Important Information For Small Landlords: Expedited Enforcement of Eviction Orders

Tuesday, March 9th, 2021

April 8, 2021

TO:                 Ontario Landlord Association Stakeholders

FROM:           Karen Restoule, Associate Chair, Lynn Dicaire, Registrar

 RE:                 Expedited Enforcement of Eviction Orders

On April 8, 2021, the Government of Ontario issued Ontario Regulation 266/21 made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

This regulation states that the Court Enforcement Office (Sheriff) cannot enforce any Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) eviction order unless the order asks the Sheriff to expedite the enforcement. 

The Sheriff can resume enforcing all eviction orders after the Government of Ontario removes the regulation.

The LTB is continuing to hold hearings for all types of applications and issue orders, including orders for evictions. This will help ensure that tenants and landlords seeking resolution from the LTB are provided access to justice with minimal service delays.

The purpose of this memo is to provide information on when an eviction order issued by the LTB may include a request to the Sheriff to expedite enforcement.

Section 84 of the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 (“RTA”) says that the LTB must include such a request to the Sheriff in the order where the tenant is being evicted for certain types of very serious conduct, and the adjudicator has not delayed the enforcement date pursuant to section 83(1)(b) of the RTA. The grounds for eviction in section 84 are:

  • Willfully damaging the rental unit
  • Using the unit in a way which is inconsistent with residential use and caused, or is likely to cause, significant damage
  • Committing an illegal act in the unit involving the production or trafficking of illegal drugs
  • Seriously impairing someone’s safety
  • Substantially interfering with the landlord’s reasonable enjoyment – in cases where the landlord and tenant live in the same building and the building has three or fewer residential units

If a landlord believes that an eviction order should include a request to the Sheriff to expedite enforcement, but the application is not based on any of the grounds contained in section 84 of the RTA, the landlord may raise this issue during the hearing.

The adjudicator may consider whether the tenant is responsible for an urgent problem such as a serious and ongoing health or safety issue at the residential complex or a serious illegal act that occurred at the residential complex. The tenant will have the opportunity to make submissions on this issue if they are at the hearing.

If the hearing for the landlord’s eviction application has already been completed but the order has not been issued, the landlord may contact the LTB to ask the adjudicator who held the hearing to consider adding to the order a request to the Sheriff to expedite enforcement of eviction. Landlords can submit a request to expedite enforcement of the eviction by fax, mail or email. The tenant will have an opportunity to make submissions on this issue.

Eviction orders that have already been issued can only be changed if the order contains a serious error or a clerical mistake. If a landlord believes that an order contains a serious error, the landlord may file a request to review the order. If the landlord believes that the order contains a clerical mistake, the landlord may file a request to amend the order. More information on this process is available on the Application and Hearing Process page of our website.

We remain committed to updating you about operational planning and we are appreciative of your patience and cooperation as we continue to adjust our operations in response to the ongoing pandemic. For new information check out this site for updates.

Sincerely,

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Karen Restoule                    Lynn Dicaire

Associate Chair                    Registrar

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How Ontario Landlords Enforce Evictions – The Truth Is Scary and Violent

Thursday, July 23rd, 2020

 

GET READY FOR VIOLENCE AGAINST YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!

COURT ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS/SHERIFF DO EVICTIONS AND THEY HAVE NO OVERSIGHT AND ARE OUT OF CONTROL

With a mass of evictions coming to Ontario I need to speak out. This is a story that will ever rarely be told because the victims of this abuse will usually never be in a position to share our experiences with the Great Ontario Landlord Eviction Machine (The GOLEM).

Over the years I’ve sent information to MPPs, MPs, media and not a peep of a response. It shows that low income tenants are “disposable”.

When I sent my email in here asking my experience to be published here, even it will be controversial, the reply was “send it in and it will go online unedited”.

“My family got rich shilling Rogers. Our corrupt money meant we were never evicted!”

There Are Going To Be Mass Evictions Soon

A growing group of hard working and law abiding tenants have been organizing like never before. These brave people are fighting not only for their legal rights, but the rights of all of us. They are true heroes.

At the beginning of the Covid19 virus pandemic Premier Ford, Minister of Housing Clark and Mayor John Tory clearly stated that tenants who couldn’t afford it didn’t have to pay rent.

They Were Lying

At the time many tenants were happy to hear this news. Personally, I didn’t believe them. Ford can barely say a complete sentence and looks like he’s carry triplets, Tory is a puppet of the big developers and Clark is a puppet of the big landlords and told what to do by his corporate handler.

Now evictions have started and Ford/Clark made a new law called Bill 184 witch allows landlords to bully and intimidate tenants and it will create mass evictions.

I’ve Been Evicted Before…And Want To Help

As a long term tenant I have been evicted several times. Mostly this has been due the gig economy and being unable to not only pay rent, but to have to go to food banks just to survive.

Other times my requests for a safe property that is well maintained led some psychopathic small landlords to make things up and use that to evict me.

(Personally I think the “small landlords are nice” idea spreading is complete horse manure! My corporate landlords have been far more professional and not like small landlord rabid dogs! At least corporate landlords have people to contact if you’re mistreated.)

The Eviction Process Is Worse Than You Can Imagine!

I’m not in Toronto so things might be different but I don’t think so.

I have heard some pro-landlord media saying because Toronto tenants have said “don’t allow the police to enforce evictions” they used this to try to spin and discredit everything these brave protesters were saying.

Once the landlord got the eviction order they didn’t go to the police, they went to what is called the “Court Enforcement Office” which landlords like to get all cowboy like and call it the “Sheriff” (small landlords want a wild west environment for rentals).

(1) Landlords Use High Priced Legal Teams and Ford Appointed LTB Biased Adjudicators To Evict Low Income Tenants

They get the Order by using legal tricks and biased adjudicators who want to make Ford happy and get their 2 year contract renewed.

They know they are being watched and will not have their contracts renewed if they don’t follow the ‘unwritten rules’.

(2) If You Don’t Move Out By The Termination Date What Happens?

If you doesn’t move out by the termination date in an LTB eviction order, the landlord cannot personally remove the tenant and change the locks.

The landlord must file the LTB eviction order with the Court Enforcement Office and make arrangements for changing the locks.

The eviction order will specify a day by which the tenant has to move out. Usually, this is about ten or fourteen days after the eviction hearing.

If you don’t move out by that day, they can file for eviction on the day after the date.

For example, if the order says that the tenant must move out on or before August 15, landlords can file the eviction order with the sheriff on August 16. If April 16 is a weekend, they can file for eviction on the first business day after that day.

(3) Landlords Get To Hire Professional Bullies

Landlords have a super easy process to get the government to physically kick you out!

They will take the originals of the eviction order and attend at the Sheriff’s office. I looked it up and in Toronto, the Sheriff is located at 393 University Avenue, 19th Floor, Toronto.

(4) Here’s How Easy It Is

To apply for eviction with the Sheriff, landlords need to:

-Provide the originals of the eviction order.

-Fill out some paperwork describing what could be found in the rental unit, including children, pets, illicit substances, or weapons, so the Sheriff may determine the best way to proceed with the eviction.

-Pay the Sheriff’s fees. The fee varies depending on the rental unit location. In Toronto, it is generally in the neighborhood of $330.00. (Landlords will write this off).

(5) People Of Low Income, Women, People of Colour Beware!

The majority of the court enforcement staff are white men and in my case they were angry as hell. I have requested many times to get the demographics of their staff but they just keep refusing me.

Each time I have been evicted it’s been two white men who strut around, are usually middle aged, bald and took things too far. Be prepared to face this.

(6) Here Come The Government Eviction Clowns and Thugs

The Sheriff will then schedule a time and the landlord will call the Sheriff’s office and find out when the actual eviction will take place.

This will be in a week or two. They will give landlords “unofficial help” telling them to make sure you don’t miss that time, or the eviction could be delayed!

The Sheriff’s office will notify the tenant once the eviction date is scheduled.

“KNOCK, KNOCK…WE’RE TO PHYSICALLY ABUSE YOU IF YOU DON’T OBEY”

My Experience With These “Court Enforcers Is A Warning To All

-On the day scheduled day of the eviction, the landlord or their lawyer or thugs have to be at the rental unit when the Sheriff comes, together with someone who can change the locks.

-The Sheriff is usually two people in a white government car. They are mean, snarly and I doubt they have any real training.

-The will knock on the door and order the tenant to leave.

-If the tenant does not leave IMMEDIATELY of his or her own free will, the Sheriff is authorized to evict the tenant by force.

…They don’t even give you time if you need to wait for a moving van, or a friend, they are SAVAGE and want you out! It’s like some of the videos of “police” out of control in Portland and Seattle in the USA.

These thugs are cowards so if you try to enforce your rights for safety, etc. they get angry fast!

I was wrestled down by two thugs and one put a knee on me while and the other held me down as the locks were changed.

There was nothing I can do as thug #1 and thug #2 were cooperating with each other and let me go only when locks were changed and all my belongings were still in the apartment.

-The Sheriff will then oversee the changing of the locks and make sure that the landlord or its representative is in possession of the new keys. In front of you laughing will be your landlord who will sign for the eviction and the Sheriff will leave.

(7) After They Physically Force You Out…You Lose Your Sacred Belongings

After the eviction, you get access to the premises for three full days to pick up your  belongings. If you do not do so, the landlord can dispose of the belongings as you will.

Many tenants like myself were just afraid to go back and lost thousands of dollars in belongings.

Landlords sold my TV, my dvd collection, my bed, my a/c all on kijiji to make extra money off my spiritual carcass.

I also lost my picture books, my personal art work and even they took my computer.

“You want to complain about us holding you down? It will go no where! HAHAHAHA!

The “Court Enforcement/Sheriff” Are Not Your Friends!

In my experience they were mean and abusive and there is no real complaints procedures if they break the rules or harm you or your rights!

It’s important for tenants to know YOU CAN CALL THE POLICE ON THE ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE PROTECTED FROM VIOLENCE! THEY THINK THEY CAN DO ANYTHING UNDER THE ‘GUISE’ OF ‘EVICTIONS’.

We Appreciate The Tenants Who Are Working So Hard

I wish I could participate in protestes but live too far and my disability doesn’t allow me much movement these days.

Trying to help as much as I can. You are brave, you are right, and you are truly appreciated by those of us too weak to fight.

Please make sure you tell tenants about how the eviction process really is and how it operated. In my experience, it was a frightening abuse of power with no oversight!

Every eviction with the sheriff should have tenant groups witnessing it to protect people from these thugs who know they can do whatever they want to tenants.

Why I’m Not Paying Rent – Because It Just Makes Sense Not To Pay

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

Landlords Are Running A Business, So They Should Act Like Business People and Not So Entitled. You Are Not “Special”

We hear so many media stories of why working class tenants who are suffering in this deadly pandemic “must” pay rent.

We hear paying rent instead of saving money for food and emergencies is “the right thing to do”.

And while we are laid off from work and worried about our future and being worried about being able to eat, we should “care about the landlords who need to pay their mortgage.”

It’s really makes me gag and want to throw up. The landlords are trying to make a case based on ‘morality’ when it’s really just a business case.

The are so entitled they view the paying of ‘rent’ like some kind of virtue and if you don’t do it you should be shamed and go to Hell.

Pay Your Rent. I’m Your LORD!  (Yes I can’t get a job and didn’t finish high school but now I’m getting paid your rent monthly and need to buy weed!)

Landlord – Tenant Matters Are A Business Negotiation

Landlords are running a business, yet they expect pay from their client (their Tenant) to instantly appear like the 11th Commandment is “You Must Pay Rent and Enrich Your Landlord.”

In any business that involves buyers and sellers both sides are always negotiating and trying to get an edge.

In all business relationships buyers and sellers are often at odds.

Rent Must Be Paid No Matter What! (because i’m not shopping at no frills ever again buying kraft dinner)

Not Paying Rent Is a Smart Business Choice

Landlords want to make this a moral/ethical debate when it’s not.

Tenants are making their own logical decisions which are best for us and even the Premier and Prime Minister agree with us!

Landlord Cries, Tears and Threats Are Pathetic

What other type of business people will cry about unfairness when a Buyer wants to make changes in the payment system with the Seller?

You Own A $500,000 to $1,000,000 Property And Need My $2000 To Survive…Are You Biggest Idiot Ever?

Why are you so crazy if your client needs to delay payment.

How would a real business handle this? They would use their cash reserves to cover current costs.

But these landlords can’t afford $2000 in a deferred payment because they are speculators!

No one told they they had to become a landlord.

Your Business Plan Is So Bad You Don’t Have Any Savings?

Really? So you need my money to keep your million dollar business afloat? Come on, you are either lying or a crappy business person.

You Put 5% Down And Have A Huge Loan/Mortgage. Maybe This Wasn’t a Good Idea.

My landlord is a speculator. You put a tiny % down and owe huge debt payments.  Now you blame me for your crappy business idea? You took the risk, tool. No one said being a “landlord” would be an automatic pot of gold.

Government Supports Us

Even the landlord-friendly government sees this like I do. This is why they have stopped all evictions.

Landlords Are Running A Business and Need To Listen to Their Clients

We tenants are their clients. We are the ones paying them.  If we refused, and legally so, that is our decision.

You should have prepared a better business plan that included a few months of not getting rent…just like other businesses prepare for not getting sales.

Small Landlords Are Not Real Business People

With all their cries of unfairness and anger it’s clear they are not educated enough or smart enough to run a hot dog stand.

They also can’t get real jobs based on some of the Youtube videos I’ve watched. I mean, if you make a Youtube video talking about landlord rights don’t be stoned…or is that just autism?

And What About Small Landlord Mortgage Fraud?

There rampant mortgage fraud (hey your income can be faked says the landlords mortgage broker pal, to get that next property or 4) is a tool for them to try to cheat the system. 

And many landlords don’t officially marry to get extra child support. What a scam!

Sorry, I’m Not Falling For Your Cries of Help

Federal and provincial governments have made it clear Tenants should not make paying rent a priority and there are no evictions.

Real business people will be prepared for these types of policy changes, especially during a pandemic.

Real business people would appreciate their good tenants and not want to evict for non-payment.

Real business will see a blip of non-payment from clients facing serious challenges as a way to improve relations by helping these clients.

I’m Not Paying Rent And You Shouldn’t Pay Rent To These “Special” People