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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.

Small Landlords Need To Get Rent And Be Able To Evict Non-Paying Tenants

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

Ontario Landlords Require A Functioning System Where Rent Is Paid On Time & Non-Paying Tenants Are Evicted. Or Many Of Us Will Go Bankrupt & Have No Choice But To Sell Our Rentals

The entire world is worried about the pandemic known as Covid-19.  Countries such as Italy have even ordered a nation-wide quarantine that will keep citizens stuck in their home and unable to use public spaces.

The province of Ontario also has a growing number of cases and Premier Ford has declared a state of emergency. This had led to restaurants being closed, schools closed, and other actions.

Ontario Tenants Face Challenges

Many tenants are dealing with reduced hours at work or even job losses. On top of this tenants are using saved up money to stock up on essentials in case they have to self-isolate.

Small Landlords Often Rented Before We Became Housing Providers

Unlike the large corporate landlords, small landlords are regular people who also face serious challenges. As many of us rented at some point in our lives, we understand and sympathize with what tenants are dealing with. However, we ask everyone to understand our situation as well.

Rent Freezes, Evictions Bans, And A Closed Down Landlord And Tenant Board

Many of our members are very concerned about some of the ‘solutions‘ that are being brought forth by some tenant groups, some people in the provincial government, and some people in the media.

These so-called solutions include a freeze on rents, don’t pay rent, don’t allow any legal evictions, don’t enforce evictions and more.

While these sound dramatic and helpful they will only harm the entire rental industry and tenants themselves

Small Landlords Are Not Faceless Corporate Giants

We’ve worked hard over the past decade to show that small landlords need to be put in different category compared to the corporate landlords.

We’re not rich. We hold jobs and many of our members are teachers, fire-fighters, secretaries, mechanics, doctors, painters, plumbers, electricians, Realtors, small business owners and even helicopter pilots and retired athletes.

We rely on rent to keep our businesses going.  When a tenant pays rent to us, we are paying property taxes, insurance, mortgages and for maintenance (which is not nearly as inexpensive as tenants think it is). If we don’t receive rent, we still need to pay all these costs.

And many small landlords require rent each month just to cover all these costs!

We Need To Find Real Win-Win Solutions

Small landlords are aware of the serious challenges tenants face. Some of our OLA members are already providing their tenants with extra heaters, blankets and…toilet paper. We’re trying to help!

One our OLA members is even going to Walmart, Metro and Shoppers Drug Mart to buy diapers and milk and groceries and medicine for a single mom tenant who is afraid to take her baby out shopping with her.

This is what good small landlords do for our tenants. We don’t want conflict with tenants, we want win-win situations.

Rent Freezes, No Evictions, Closing Down The LTB, No Sheriff Enforcement Are Not Solutions

All these so-called ‘solutions’ are simply demonizing the landlord and placing the entire financial burden tenants face on to the small landlord.

This won’t work.

Small landlords need a functioning system where we get paid rent and can evict non-paying tenants in a fair and efficient legal venue.

If these so-called ‘solutions’ become part of the system it will lead to many bankrupt small landlords and many will sell their rentals (often to a person who wants it for their own use).  This will inevitably lead to an even lower vacancy rate.

Let’s Create A Tenant-Landlord Alliance For A Win-Win Solution

So landlords are aware of the challenges tenants face. Hopefully, after reading this, tenants will be aware of what small landlords face.

So what are some win-win solutions?

Province Provides Grants of Interest Free Loans For Tenants

We already see how the excellent Toronto Rent Bank helps tenants. They are hard working people running it who truly care.

So why not create a new large province-wide Ontario Rent Bank? The government can put in financial resources to create a large province-wide Rent Back.

This would be a place for tenants who are in need to get help to pay their landlord.  Either a grant (for 1 -3 months of rent) or an interest free loan.

Every Evicted Tenant Can Get Places Into Government Social Housing

How much money is spent on social housing? It’s huge. So why isn’t it more effective and better managed?

How about the Landlord and Tenant Board works with government social housing providers across Ontario?

And if someone is officially evicted these government social housing groups reach out to the evicted tenant to help them find a place to stay (thus eliminating homelessness) if they want it (many tenants will just find a new place).

Let’s Fix This And With Smart Long Term Logical Ideas

There are tenant groups out there screaming “stick it to the landlord”.  There are also some minor hick landlord social media outlets filled with uneducated people and owners looking to make a buck saying “tenants just pay or else and also no tax dollars fer them!”

Both extremes should be ignored.  Small landlords need to be protected and the best way to help tenants is to protect good small landlords!

The reality is it’s time for the province of Ontario to pick up it’s game and take some responsibility!

Instead of a deluge of selfies the corporate landlords are making (who pay a fortune for lobbyists and have their staff follow a minister around carrying his umbrella in the rain, opening doors for him and giving him a hug and bringing in lunch when needed) we need real effective change to help both tenants and landlords.

OLA members are shocked that the solution to help tenants is to say “don’t pay rent…because you can’t be evicted”.  Many of us will remember this well in the next election.

OLA MEMBERS SPEAK OUT

-We need to quickly work for win-win solutions to help both good tenants and good landlords.

-We need to get the Landlord and Tenant Board Working (and working fast) and Tenants also to be protected by new government programs such as loans and grants to pay their legal rent.

-The current plan of “no evictions” is beyond foolish and will dramatically harm the Ontario rental industry and lead to anarchy and chaos. 

We need real leadership, not pandering to the worst instincts of tenant voters. 

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 

Join The Huge and Powerful Tenant Rally At The Ministry of Housing March 12th! – Tenants Dare Speak Truth To Power!

Sunday, March 8th, 2020

March 12 is the Date For Change!

I am not a member of this group but I sure do admire them. These are hard working class people who are willing to sacrifice their time and money to fight for social justice.  Because I admire them so much I want to make sure all Tenants come and fight against rules that harm good working Tenants and support parasitic landlords who prey on us.

Join ACORN members and allies from across Ontario to demand real solutions to the housing crisis.

Rents are rising out of control – we need rent control on ALL buildings and protections on the rent between tenancies, so landlords can’t evict tenants then jack up the rent.

WHEN: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 1 PM – 3 PM

WHERE: Ministry of Housing (777 Bay Street) in Toronto

ACORN members from Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa, and Peel will be coming together to demand action. RSVP by contacting your local ACORN office.

East York “Represents” and Ready For War

We Are Preparing All Over Ontario!

Etobicoke Ready To Fight For Tenant Rights

What Are The Demands?

-No more rent increases for existing tenants. Ever!

-No rent increase between tenants moving. End the tenant holocaust of huge rent increases when tenants move out!

-Landlords must be licensed!

-We need criminal and credit checks on landlords to be mandatory!

-Landlords must have at least an accredited bachelor degree. We need a minimum educational background (Bachelors Degree) to become a landlord!

-Landlords must pass a criminal record check.  Are you a crook, no landlord license for you jail bird!

-Landlords must provide a credit and criminal check and proof of ownership to all tenant applicants who request it.

-Working with the Human Rights Commission all ‘refused applications” will require a Hearing if the declined Tenant applicant demands it.

-All landlords must put $5000.00 into a government fund so any tenant judgments will be paid from this fund immediately upon a judgement!

Tenants Are No Longer Weak And Disorganized

We Are ready to fight for our Human Rights

We Were Weak But Now We Are Strong!

Fix Toronto Community Housing NOW!

No help for my Autistic Kid, No Help With Housing, I will Fight!

We Need A New Ministry of Tenant Security NOW!

This needs to be a new branch of government.  It will be called the Ministry of Tenant Security.

This new branch of the provincial government will oversee all issues brought forth by Tenants.

Landlords cheating Tenants and Tenant Vs. Landlord Tribunals

This will include Tenant only tribunals to sue landlords for things such as poor maintenance, illegal entrance, rude and insulting behavior, proud behavior, looking down on Tenants.

It will also create a new police force that will help Tenants protect our rights and jail bad landlords who break the rule such as entering our homes without proper notice (one year in jail for a first time offense).

Join The Tenant Rally For Winning!

The usual landlord groups do nothing but kiss the asses of the landlords. Acorn and their allies like us are holding people accountable and we will do it!

The System Is Broken – Time for RADICAL ACTION TO MAKE POSITIVE CHANGES TO HELP TENANTS SURVIVE!

COME MARCH 12TH  TO THE MINISTRY AND DEMAND JUSTICE!

 

Rent Increase Guideline 2019 – Ontario Landlords Can Raise the Rent 1.8%

Tuesday, December 25th, 2018

ontario landlords assocation rent increase guideline 2019

How Much Can Ontario Landlords Raise the Rent in 2019? It’s 1.8%

To Ontario Landlords Association and Members: 

The Rent Increase Guideline for 2019 is 1.8%. This is for increases between January 1st, 2019 and December 31, 2019.

This guideline applies to most private residential units covered under the Ontario Residential Tenancies Act. Rent can be increased for most cases (i) twelve months after the last rent increase (ii) a tenant first moves in. 

Please notify your province wide landlord community.

Ontario Landlords, Does A Maximum Rent Increase of 1.8% Cover Your Costs?

Many landlords continue to tell us about their ever rising costs and how hard it is to cash-flow these days. Whether its fees, taxes, maintenance costs, paying for painting and other things to keep your rental nice to keep your tenants, the reality is things are getting more expensive in Ontario. Everything else seem to keep going up by a large amount, except rents!

We Need A Better Way To Be Able To Increase Rents to Make Our Businesses Profitable (or at least keep up with rising costs)

The 2019 rent increase guideline is a continuation of the 2018 guideline.  We have a new government in charge and we need a new way to make sure good landlords can continue to run our rental businesses.

A rent guideline of 1.8% just isn’t reasonable if we want more people to invest in rental properties and if we want current landlords to be able to do what is needed to maintain and improve the current rental stock. It’s also more difficult to raise the rent above the guideline even if you have rising costs.

Are You Going To Raise the Rent in 2019?

If you have current tenants the rent increase guideline means you can only raise the rent by 1.8% with proper notice. We need your help to improve the way good landlords can do business in Ontario.

Let’s improve the Ontario rental system to help both good landlords and good tenants. With a new business friendly government that is open to new solutions make sure you let us know what your ideas are to improve the way rent increase are handled.

We Need To Support Ontario Landlords!

By protecting current landlords and encouraging more people to invest in rental housing we will protect the current supply and have a lot of new supply that will give Ontario tenants more options and better landlords.

Slamming small landlords and not protecting us as business people hasn’t worked in the past. In fact, it was a dismal failure with many landlords selling even within one or two years!  We need new ideas and new methods to make Ontario rentals great again. Let’s get it done!