Ontario Landlord Association Members Are Important Stakeholders In The Ontario Rental Industry And We Have Been Asked To Review And Comment On New Documents From the Landlord and Tenant Board
Residential landlords across Ontario are excited that we have new provincial leadership that wants to cut red tape and make Ontario ‘open for business again’.
Dramatic changes to the way we do business will take some time, but we are already seeing an openness to improve the rental industry. And they want Ontario Landlord Association members (who are important stakeholders) to play a key role.
This is a great beginning and we ask you to take time out of your busy schedule to share your opinions, concerns, and advice on how to improve the Landlord and Tenant Board.
Let’s discuss these important consultations in the OLA Member forum and make sure to get our voices heard.
Send us your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org
To: Ontario Landlords Association Members
Changes to Rules of Procedure and Guidelines for Review and Comment
The Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) has posted three documents for review and comment by members of the community and its stakeholders:
- Proposed changes to the Rules of Procedure
- Proposed changes to the Guideline 6: Tenant Rights
- Proposed changes to the Guideline 12: Eviction for Personal Use, Demolition, Repairs and Conversion
The Rules of Procedure have been extensively reformatted and now use plain language. The commentary that appears under each rule has been removed. The format and language of the proposed rules is also now consistent with the Social Justice Tribunals Ontario (SJTO) Common Rules of Procedure . Some substantive changes have also been made, including:
- Allowing the use of a sworn statement instead of an affidavit (Rule 1.5)
- Allowing parties to give each other certain documents by email where they both agree (Rule 3)
- Removing the requirement that Co-operatives serve applications (Rule 12)
- Changing the rules about the payment out of money paid into the LTB’s trust account (Rules 20.3, 20.4, 20.6 and 20.8)
Guideline 6 has been expanded. It now includes discussion of all the grounds in the Application About Tenant Rights (T2). References to applicable case law have been updated and there are extensive references and links to relevant LTB orders.
We encourage you to have a look at the proposed changes and provide your comments and ideas by September 28, 2018.