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Has Your Landlord Put You On A Sign, A Facebook Site Or A “Bad Tenant” List? Fight Back And Win!

Thursday, August 13th, 2020

The Tenant Can Give His Landlord A World Of Trouble! And Legal Problems!

Landlords Who Defame And Harm Their Tenants Ability To Rent Is Illegal, A Crime! Punishable By Fines And Even Prison Time!

And You Can Easily Fight Back And Win (without paying a cent!) Tenants Are Not Aware Of The System To Jail/Fine Your Landlord!

Recently on the Ontario Landlords Tenant forum a young tenant explained how her landlord threatened her.

Her landlord had seen a story where a Peterborough landlord posted a huge sign illegally defaming her tenant and thought he could do it as well.

She wrote:

Things have been very complicated for everyone the past few months and i am a little behind in the rent. My landlady said if i don’t pay landlords are now “exposing tenants” who don’t pay. She said this will make sure everyone in the area knows not to rent to me and i will be stuck in a shelter with my toddler. Any help please!!!

Fortunately, fellow Tenants explained the process to her to stop this and punish the landlord for attempting to break the law!

The Landlord Has Set The Wrong Example And Must Be Punished

Uneducated landlords are on social media praising this ‘British’ landlord as some type of ‘hero’ when in fact they are a villain and if their tenant defends his rights they will be in a world of trouble!

What Can You Do If You Landlord Follows This Evil Landlords Tactics?

Unfortunately we’ve seen these types of uncivilized and illegal attacks before. For example a tenant found themselves on a “bad tenant list“. Fortunately she followed our tenant defense for tips.

You can read about it here.

So What Can You Do If Your Landlord Is Trying To “Punish” You By Making Your Private Information Public?

Of course then tenant can fight fire with fire by putting their landlord on a “bad landlord list” and making sure no tenants will ever, every rent such a dangerous property with such a bully landlord.

You Can Smear Them Back

Many tenants will see this as a great option as they can tell the truth, and even do it anonymously. Shaming landlords has been very successful!

You Can Legally Grow 4 Weed Plants And Report Your Rental As A Grow OP!

Some tenants have even grown our legal right to 4 plants and then reported it to the town or city to get the rental property flagged as a “grow up” which will cost the landlord/owner tens of thousands of dollars when they try to sell.

But there are other options out there that many tenants don’t know about and can have an immediate impact on your horrible landlord is a fair and honest way.

Tenants Have Lots Legal Of Ways To Fight Back…Do Them All!

Let’s take a look at some legal ways to fight back. Do them all. Go nuts and support your legal rights!

1. Call The Police

Your personal information is being made public without your permission. This is not only a privacy issue, it’s a safety issue. It is also a harassment and bullying issue.

We have heard from tenants who have been put on these illegal lists and they have called the Boys in Blue. They explained the situation and the officers have personally went to the landlords home and told them to “SHUT IT DOWN!” or get arrested.

2. Call The Ontario Enforcement Unit

ONTARIO TENANTS DID YOU KNOW THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT HAS SOMETHING CALLED “RENTAL ENFORCEMENT UNIT?”

This is part of the Ministry of Housing, meaning the provincial government. It used to be called “THE INVESTIGATIONS AND ENFORCEMENT UNIT” but the name was suspiciously changed recently.

DID YOU KNOW?

– IF YOUR LANDLORD IS BREAKING THE RULES YOU CAN AVOID THE LONG AND TEDIOUS LANDLORD AND TENANT BOARD AND GET FAST ACTION

– MAKE YOUR LANDLORD CHANGE THEIR BEHAVIOR IMMEDIATELY OR GET YOUR LANDLORD FINED (OR EVEN CRIMINALLY CHARGED!)

– THE RENTAL ENFORCEMENT UNIT WILL EVEN CALL YOU LANDLORD AND WARN THEM OR FACE THE CONSEQUENCES!

Ontario’s Rental Housing Enforcement Unit (formerly called Investigation and Enforcement Unit) is a regulatory entity in the residential rental tenancies sector in Ontario.

The Rental Housing Enforcement Unit is separate from the Landlord and Tenant Board and deals only with enforcement of offences. The Unit takes complaints from tenants for offences committed under the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 (the Act).

If you are a tenant of a rental property in Ontario, the Rental Housing Enforcement Unit can help you by:

listening to your complaint
explaining your rights and responsibilities under the Act
working with you and your landlord or tenant to resolve issues
carrying out formal investigations when issues cannot be resolved
fining or criminally charging your landlord

So what are some of the offences landlords do that will lead to huge fines and even criminal charges?

-disconnecting or interfering with a vital service that the landlord is required to supply to tenants (e.g. heat, electricity, fuel, gas or water)

-failing to provide rent receipts to tenants who request them

-illegally evicting a tenant without following the eviction process

-failing to make a tenant’s belongings available within 72 hours of eviction

-collecting unlawful security deposits

-altering the locking system for a rental unit or residential complex without giving the tenant replacement keys

-providing false or misleading information in documents filed with the Landlord and Tenant Board

-Not providing proper notice to come into your home

-Taking pictures in your home when you do not agree

-Having real estate agents keep bothering you with no proper notice and harassment

-Tons of other offences under the Residential Tenancies Act (basically anything your landlord does that you fee is unfair…..report them!)

HOW DO I GET THE RENTAL ENFORCEMENT UNIT TO CALL MY LANDLORD AND WARN THEM, FINE THEM OR CRIMINALLY CHARGE THEM?

Landlords and tenants in Ontario may report any offence under the Act by contacting our call centre.

Telephone: 416-585-7214
Toll-free telephone: 1-888-772-9277
Fax: 416-585-6464
Toll free fax line: 1-866-321-4127

Call centre hours:
Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

DO IT!

Already the Ontario website under Ford seems be trying to mislead Tenants on rights. But the reality is you can report your landlord and not only teach them a “life lesson” being fined or being jailed, but you are helping get rid of these bad landlords who hate tenants.

If you have any problems with your landlord and want fast action, call the ONTARIO GOVERNMENT RENTAL ENFORCEMENT UNIT, FREE OF CHARGE, AND START THE INVESTIGATION INTO YOUR LANDLORDS ACTIONS.

3. Go To Legal Aid And File A Tenants Right Form

They will help you.

Find your nearest legal aid clinic who will give you FREE legal help

Tenant legal issues

4. Ask Legal Aid To Help You Apply To The Human Rights Commission

The landlord is destroying your human right to privacy. File.

5. Make A Complaint To The Canada Privacy Commissioner

Are there any privacy laws that set out the rules for how landlords handle tenants’ personal information?

Landlords are required to comply with the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), Canada’s federal private sector privacy law, or provincial legislation deemed to be substantially similar.

PIPEDA sets out the ground rules for how businesses, including landlords, must handle personal information in the course of commercial activity.

Here are some of the key obligations that landlords have under the law:

  • They must obtain an individual’s consent when they collect, use or disclose that person’s personal information (except in limited, defined circumstances set out in the law.)
  • They must identify the reasons for collecting personal information before or at the time of collection. They should ensure that these purposes are limited to what a reasonable person would consider appropriate under the circumstances.
  • They need to provide individuals with access to the personal information that they hold about them and allow them to challenge its accuracy.
  • They can only use a tenant’s personal information for the purposes for which it was collected.
  • They are responsible for ensuring the personal information is protected by appropriate safeguards.

Signs and bad tenant lists are ILLEGAL!

Make a complaint to the Privacy Commissioner!

This below is totally illegal and if her tenant defends himself she is toast!

THIS IS ILLEGAL AND UNACCEPTABLE! MAKE HER PAY!

 

This is Outrageous and Illegal! The Landlord Will Be Fined or Worse IF YOU FIGHT FOR YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS!

Sean If You Fight She Will Go Down!

Use The System To Fight Your Landlord!

If Sean follows our rules, his landlord will be in big trouble! Yet the rural rump landlords want to portray these illegal actions as “heroic”.

It’s no wonder the provincial government views small landlords as out of control low lives who have no idea of the laws and regulations of even being a landlord in Ontario!

We can make signs up at all the truck stops, they way we’ll sure gett’im eh! Fer sher.

Please Fight For Your Rights!

Don’t let these landlords break the law and then be called ‘heroes’ by the uneducated rural rump unprofessional landlords!

 

Tenants Need To Fight Back!

They are called heroes’ by the uneducated rural rump unprofessional landlords.

But these cocky wannabe be British royals will learn a lesson when tenants fight back!

Oh My God I Didn’t Know The Laws and I’m SCREWED

They will be criminals if Tenants learn our rights and FIGHT BACK!

DO IT!

AND WIN!

Bill 184 – The “Tenant Slaughter And Un-Protection Act”

Tuesday, July 21st, 2020

Disclaimer: “This isn’t an attack on landlords. This is an attack on the system that got us here.”

“Let’s make a payment plan. Let’s avoid the LTB, work together (tenant signs)….GOT YOU… Hahaha I can now evict you fast, you have no legal rights now! SUCKER! The Sheriff is coming now to kick you out!”

Tenants need to be aware of the huge challenges we are soon going to face!

While the Premier has acted all kind and cuddly (like that fat drunk uncle we all see during the holidays who laughs as he passes gas and then beats your aunt to bloody pulp when they get home) it’s only an act.

The reality is those of us who rightfully didn’t pay rent (or full rent) are being prepared for the slaughterhouse (legally)!

It’s called Bill 184 and you can bet it will soon be the law and the slaughter of tenants will begin.

The government will not forgive tenants not paying and instead are going to demand tenants agree to “payment plans” that bypass the legal process of going to the Landlord and Tenant Board for a legal Hearing (where tenants have rights and free legal help)

The NDP came up with a plan to help tenants cover rent by using government funds to help during the horrible pandemic.

Even some landlord groups such as the Ontario Landlords Association proposed this as a way for tenants and their landlords to avoid conflict and avoid evictions.

Lots of other industries have received government support, so why not residential tenants and their landlords?

No, that would have been too easy and too nice. Why be nice when they want a slaughter and I think they enjoy seeing us suffer!

Suze Morrison is an NDP MPP who wants to protect tenants. Morrison is very aware of the reality and the coming avalanche of mass evictions based on landlords legally being able to trick tenants into forfeiting our legal rights.

Thousands of tenants in Ontario are lying awake at night, worrying about losing the roof over their head when the province’s weak pause on the enforcement of evictions ends.

They wouldn’t be this position if Doug Ford had answered the NDP’s call to provide a rent subsidy to tenants who have lost income or their job due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but here we are.

As if this wasn’t bad enough, the Ford government has found a way to make things even worse.

Now, in the middle of the pandemic, the Conservatives are attempting to quietly ram through legislation that will make it easier for landlords to evict tenants.

Don’t be fooled by the name of the legislation. Bill 184, the Protecting Tenants and Strengthening Community Housing Act, is bad for tenants.

Tenants already faced an uphill battle at the Landlord and Tenant Board, squaring off against often deep-pocketed landlords and their high-priced lawyers. If passed, Ford’s eviction bill will leave tenants with fewer defences to avail themselves of and fewer opportunities to plead their case.

Consider the case of a landlord who refuses to fix a malfunctioning radiator in a tenant’s unit. If the tenant withholds their rent, the landlord can haul them in front of the Landlord and Tenant Board.

Under Bill 184, the tenant may be prevented from pointing out other issues, like the landlord’s failure to maintain the unit in a good state of repair, at the hearing on non-payment of rent.

Bill 184 also takes away a tenant’s right to return to the Landlord and Tenant Board if they miss a payment after coming up with a repayment plan to catch up on back rent. This is especially concerning in the context of the pandemic.

Thousands of tenants in Ontario will be trying to catch up on back rent after losing their income or job. What if they feel pressured to accept a repayment plan and fall behind on payments despite their best efforts? What if their financial circumstances change because there’s a second wave of COVID-19?

Under Bill 184, there’s no opportunity to revisit the repayment plan at the Landlord and Tenant Board. Tenants could find a sheriff knocking on their door, ready to enforce their eviction, the second they miss a payment.

The Ford government can claim that its eviction bill is about “protecting tenants” all it wants. But even Steve Clark, the minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, admits that the legislation is about moving things along at the Landlord and Tenant Board when the government switches the lights back on.

In this very paper, he wrote: “We know that when regular hearings resume at the LTB, there will be a backlog of cases requiring resolution. That’s why this legislation is important today — in light of COVID-19.”

Yes, there will be a backlog of cases. The enforcement of evictions may be on hold for now, but that hasn’t stopped landlords from threatening tenants with eviction — even for partial rent payments.

And what is the Ford government doing with thousands of evictions on the horizon in Ontario? Instead of helping tenants keep up with rent, and in turn ensuring landlords get paid, the government is greasing the gears of the Landlord and Tenant Board to speed up evictions.

Tenants deserve better than a government that claims it’s protecting them when it’s really making them more vulnerable to losing the roof over their heads.

It’s time for the Ford government to scrap its plan to make evictions easier and step up with rent relief to help see tenants through the economic pain of COVID-19.

Friday, June 12th, 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.

(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.

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.