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Thursday, July 30th, 2020

There lots of good landlords out there.  The problem is there are even more bad landlords.

These bad landlords either don’t know the laws or know them and don’t care…as they think they can intimidate you.

Fight back….and fight back hard and you can win!  Please read our helpful articles here to help good tenants defeat and punish bad landlords.  Good landlords have nothing to worry about and will be appreciated even more by good tenants.

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.

I Worked Out A Fair “Win-Win” Payment Plan With My Landlord

Monday, June 1st, 2020

 

My Landlord Cooperated With Me 

These are difficult times for everyone. So many people are out of work and many have even been fired from their jobs!

The pandemic has changed the world and has hurt so many people.

And with all the schools closed many parents have to try to educate and entertain our children. This is especially tough when we can’t go to parks or playgrounds.

Landlords And Tenants And Paying Rent

As a long term tenant I have paid my rent according to the lease with my landlord all the time.

Now things have changed, the economy has changed, the whole world has changed due to the Corona Virus.

Economic Challenges

We tenants have lost hours, lost jobs, and even lost hope. This is a unique situation we have never seen before.

So How Should Tenants Deal With Their Landlord?

It’s all about being upfront and honest and working together.

Inform Your Landlord Of Your Predicament

Be open and honest with your small landlords because they will care and understand the challenges you face.

Most small landlords are nice people…they don’t want you to move (at least in my case). And they are willing to listen. And they are often flexible to reach a win-win situation.

Also, they don’t want to try to find a new tenant to replace you if possible. They want you to stay and hope you are willing to work with them.

See Things From The Landlords Point of View And Ask Them To See Things From Your Point Of View

Most small landlords are not like the rich corporate landlords living in their castles. They want you to stay and be their client.

They also know that finding another good paying tenant in the current environment will be very difficult and would prefer you to stay.

So it’s entirely possible to ‘work things out’.

Work Out A Payment Plan

I worked out a fair payment plan with my landlords.

Since I only get $2000/month from CERB and my rent is $900/month we agreed I would pay $500/month and I would catch up when the pandemic is over and I can get back to work.

This allows me to have confidence I will keep my home and also gives me $1500 for other things I need in life (and I still don’t need to dip into my savings!)

Working Together…Works!

View your small landlord as a partner in this whole crazy mess of a world.

Your small landlord likely rented themselves or have friends or kids renting so they are on your side. They might even be helping their kids or relative or friend who is renting deal with this situation.

Working Class Tenants Working With Working Class Landlords is Key

Many working class landlords aren’t rich and have bills to pay. They are usually pretty kind and flexible and if you be polite and tell them you want to work things out they will do it.

Make sure you rent from a small working class landlord because you can talk to each other and prepare win-win plans.

Stay Safe and Let’s All Work Together

(3) June 1 Top 10 Questions YOUR LANDLORD CAN’T ASK (AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO ANSWER!)

Monday, June 1st, 2020

PART 1: QUESTIONS YOU DON’T NEED TO ASK OR ANSWER

With vacancy rates so low in Toronto and across Ontario many tenant applicants are afraid to ask their potential landlords important questions.

Not Being Careful When Choosing A Landlord Can Lead To Problems Later On

While it seems at first something you don’t really need to do, not screening your potential landlord can lead to huge problems down the road.

And these huge problems will occur when you not only least expect them, but when you don’t need need extra stress in your life.

For example, the landlord problems often happen when you have exams, or have important work meetings, or have important relationships visiting you or moving it.

Don’t Listen To The USA Sites!

Many American sites will tell you to ask for things that are already covered under the Ontario Residential Tenancies Act (meaning the landlord is powerless and must follow the law!)

For example, some American sites will say you need to ask your Landlord the following

-What is your screening policy? Nope!

This is meaningless because Ontario landlords must follow the rules for screening tenants according the Ontario Human Rights Commission.

If they don’t follow these rules you can take them to the Human Rights Commission and get a huge penalty against them.

The rules in Ontario include:

Housing is a human right

International law says that people in Canada should be able to get good housing that they can afford. To help achieve this in Ontario, tenants and landlords (or housing providers) have rights and responsibilities under the Human Rights Code.

As a tenant, you have the right to equal treatment in housing without discrimination and harassment.

You cannot be refused an apartment, harassed by a housing provider or other tenants, or otherwise treated unfairly because of your:

  • race, colour or ethnic background
  • religious beliefs or practices
  • ancestry, including people of Aboriginal descent
  • place of origin
  • citizenship, including refugee status
  • sex (including pregnancy and gender identity)
  • family status
  • marital status, including people with a same-sex partner
  • disability
  • sexual orientation
  • age, including people who are 16 or 17 years old and no longer living with their parents
  • receipt of public assistance.

You are also protected if you face discrimination because you are a friend or relative of someone identified above.

-What is your pet policy? Nope!

In Ontario it is illegal to not allow a tenant to have pets. You can even lie to a corrupt, rule breaking landlord and say you don’t have pets, move in, and then bring in your pets and there is nothing your landlord can do!

-What is your guest policy? Nope!

In Ontario tenants can have guests and it’s none of the landlords damn business.

-What is the lease renewal policy? Nope!

This is meaningless because in Ontario a lease automatically goes to “month by month” at the end of a fixed term lease.  A landlord can’t kick you out when your lease ends.

-Who responsible for repairs? Nope!

In Ontario this is meaningless because the landlord is responsible for all repairs.

-How much notice does the landlord have to give to the tenant? Nope!

This is also all covered in the Residential Tenancies Act. A landlord must give at least 24 hours written notice to the tenant and served to the tenant in a legally acceptable way.

-Do you allow early terminations? If so what are the fees? Nope!

If you want to move it’s easy in Ontario and already legally covered. You can assign or sublet your apartment.

An even easier way is to just learn how Ontario tenants can legally break a fixed term lease.

-Can you clarify how much is the damage/security deposit? Nope!

In Ontario any money other than “first and last” is ILLEGAL.  If the landlords demand it you can pay it, then move in, and take your landlord to the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) and get all the money back!

-Do you want to know what is my citizenship or refugee status? Nope!

This is illegal in Ontario.

-Do you want to know what is your source of income? Nope!

This is illegal in Ontario

Tenants Don’t Need To Ask Or Answer These Questions

The rental industry is highly regulated in Ontario. Many of your concerns are already protected under LAW and there are severe penalties you can apply to your potential landlord if they break them.

How Can I File A Human Rights Complaint Against An Illegal Landlord?

Yes, and it’s easy.

And many expert tenants say it’s very easy for tenants to win at the OHRC. Go for it!

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.

We (The Ontario Human Rights Commission) have many progressive human rights policies that may support your application before the Human Rights Tribunal. If you want the Tribunal to consider our policy position, you have to let them know.

I Took Mercy On My Landlord And Saved Them From Bankruptcy – But With Conditions

Monday, May 11th, 2020

Treat Tenants Like the VIPs!  You Need Our Rent Money!

I’m Proud To Have Helped My LL Survive & Not Go Bankrupt

When our premier announced that tenants do not have to pay rent during this horrible crisis tenants face I immediately felt better.

It was nice to know the government understood what I was dreading and said there will be “NO EVICTIONS” until the crisis is over. With businesses closed and workers being laid off, how could we pay the rent for the next six months or more?

I saw on FB and on signs in my area that many Tenants in financial trouble were saying we didn’t have to pay rent at all.  The reason is because we can’t be evicted we didn’t have to pay rent.

So If You Don’t Pay Rent Nothing Happens?

This sounded almost too good to be true. I didn’t have to pay any rent for the next few months or more…maybe up to year.

The premier also said tenants should only “pay what you can” and not make paying rent a priority.

So he basically was saying, make up your budget and put rent last.

I Have A Great Relationship With My Landlord

Since moving in a couple years ago I’m very happy here in my Home.

The landlords are nice people who gave me a very low rent to begin with because I’m a working woman who is rarely at home with great credit so they thought I was their perfect tenant.

Ideal Tenant (Working woman, not home much, great credit) Gets Discount

They gave me 20% of market rent right off the bat because they praised me as being the type of person landlords want to rent to. Of course landlords are sexist and love renting to women and I love how this stereotype helps me.

This made me very happy to hear and they gave me the discount on what they were advertising because I said I was going to be renting for at least a few years while I built up my savings.

I Could Pay No Rent, But I Worked Out A Rebate Plan 

Since I have such a good relationship with my landlords (they love me, I’m never home and never late paying) I learned a lot.

Most landlords are not independently wealthy and cannot afford to pay the mortgage out of their own pocket. They need rent every month just to survive. I understood that and they explained how tough their current situation was. So decided to help them survive. 

I Paid Rent…But 40%  That Was Fair To Both Sides

I made my own budget and made sure my most important expenses were on top of the list and the rent was at the bottom (but still there, as it’s only fair to my landlord).

I calculated my decreased salary due to less hours minus my main expenses for survival during this crisis. Most important expenses over rent:

-Stocking up on canned food and wine

-Buying food for fresh daily eating

-Costs of ordering Take-Out and the extra costs for UberEats, etc.

-Costs of feeding my cat and ordering her food.

-Ordering clothes I will need if I’m stuck in my Home for a long time. Fresh panties are always refreshing. A girl in a cage needs comfy too!

-Order creams to keep me looking youthful at L’occitane

-Saving for masks and potential medicines.

-Entertainment such as renewing my Netflix, CBS, and Amazon Prime accounts.

I Paid Rent…And Helped My Landlord Stay In Business

After all my budget expenses I ended up paying my landlord 40% of the usual amount.

My landlord was happy to get the rent without any issues and with no haggling.

This was not a ‘deferral’ it was what I would pay, period. For April and for future months up to the end of my lease.

They appreciated me even paying and I’m happy I did the right thing to help them would I could have paid $1 if I was the evil, nasty type of bitch.

Work With Your Landlord Like I Did

I could have just said I didn’t have the money but I know my landlord who are a nice couple so I decided to work with them like the Premier said.

40% Paid And I Saved My Landlord’s Life

I paid 40% of the rent for April and will pay that same amount as long as the pandemic continues.

If you have a good small landlord consider paying them at least a little bit because they are in need of rent for their families.

I also told my landlord to always remember I didn’t have to pay, but I did pay 40%. I told them how about a little gift for me, like some Lancombe make up or some expensive champagne?  KEEP ME HAPPY OR ELSE!

Let’s work together and at least pay your landlord a little bit to keep them also surviving…but don’t pay them the full amount because you need to spend your money on your needs first! This is a Win-Win Relationship.