With a New Government That Will Make Ontario “Open for Business” We Urgently Need to Fix the Landlord and Tenant Board and Repair the Broken Ontario Residential Tenancies Act
The Ontario Landlords Association And Our Members Communicate With Key PC Leaders (Including the New Premier) And Will Be Making A Submission for URGENT Changes to Help Small Landlords!
For the more than the past decade Ontario landlords have been forced to follow the “bad-tenant friendly” rules of the Ontario Residential Tenancies Act and the Landlord and Tenant Board.
Why “bad-tenant friendly?”
Because the laws in Ontario not only do not protect landlords, they do not protect good tenants. It has been far too easy for bad tenants to manipulate the system and rip off hard working people who have invested in rental properties in Ontario. It’s also easy for these same bad tenants to cause problems with others renting in the unit and the current laws give the landlord few powers to do anything about it.
Many terrific landlords have been burned and has given up being landlords in Ontario. Many have decided stocks, bond, or investing in Florida or Arizona rental properties are much safer ways to invest wisely.
Many new landlords are shocked to find we cannot charge a damage deposit in Ontario. Or when they find tenants can live in your property for months and not pay rent. Or learn that it is super easy for tenants to break a lease with bad behaviour.
A New Government That Is “Business Friendly” and Listens to People Who Are On the “Front Lines”
On June 7th the voters of Ontario gave a massive majority to the PC party under the leadership of Doug Ford. Many of our senior OLA members know Premier Ford and people who will be in his cabinet as well as other MPPs…and we’ve known them for years. Our members helped many PC candidates get elected on June 7th by volunteering, putting up signs, working hard on social media, and getting out the vote. We played a role in many ridings that went “Blue”, especially in the 905.
Our landlord community members are aware of the challenges we face and some of them were even around in 2010 when the Ontario Landlords Association lobbied for Ontario Landlords to be able to charge a damage deposit!
(We worked hard on this but the Liberals and NDP voted us down saying landlords would abuse damage deposits. The Liberals and NDP were so arrogant they would not even consider anything that might anger their tenant voters or sound “landlord-friendly”.)
We Have An Opportunity To Fix The System
The Ontario Landlords Association is a community of landlords across the province. We are the “people” who make up the industry. We are all small landlords ourselves not ‘talking heads’ who have never had to deal with a late rent payment, tenant vs tenant drama or worse in their properties. We rely on filling our units and getting rent paid (on time) every month.
We are very confident the new Ontario government understands the concerns of small landlords and will make sure to work with us to “fix the system” to help small landlords, good tenants, and assist in motivating thousands of people to invest in rental properties in Ontario.
Bad Tenants Are Now Legally Allowed To Abuse The System
The current system in Ontario is simply broken. Not only broken, but it is “seriously broken” and biased against small landlords and we are often bullied, disrespected and subject to a circus at the Landlord and Tenant Board.
It’s become pretty common for tenants to leave behind damages. As this Ottawa landlord experienced, with no damage deposit and slow evictions some tenants can trash your investment leaving you with tens of thousands of dollars in losses.
Or you get professional tenants who know how to manipulate landlords and then end up staying without paying rent for months.
The Ontario Residential Tenancies Act Needs Changes…Lots of Changes!
Many new landlords are not aware that the Ontario Residential Tenancies Act is the law that covers our industry. Let’s work together to change the laws and make them fair for landlords.
With fair laws, more people will invest and become landlords and it’s a “win-win” situation for both good landlords and good tenants. Now the laws are simply unfair.
The Ontario Landlord And Tenant Board Must Be Totally Revamped Or Replaced
Experienced landlords who have been to the LTB call it the “eviction delay machine.” Tenants can easily work together with their free government provided legal representatives to delay evictions and play the system.
Many people who have been to the Board say some adjudicators are biased and unfair and have some type of ideological hatred towards small landlords who provide safe, affordable housing for tenants. We even had one of our members get told “you should just let your tenant stay rent free for the next two months or we can bring up maintenance claims… after all no house is ‘perfect’ so be smart.”
Other landlords call the LTB a “Kangaroo Court”.
One of our members had a judge lecture him about the need to protect tenants, even if they don’t pay rent. And then “off the record” said his rental properties must have appreciated a lot, how many do you own in the area?
The LTB needs to be revamped…or replaced!
Should we fire all the adjudicators, legal aid reps and replace the Landlord and Tenant Board with something better? What do you think?
We Need Your Help To Fix The Residential Tenancies Act and To Revamp, or Replace, the Landlord and Tenant Board
We want your help in fixing the Ontario landlord/tenant system. After 15 years of abuse, things need to change.
For 15 years the tenant activists have been in charge of things leading to unfair rules that has led to so many hard working investors losing thousands of dollars. And these unfair rules do not only lead to financial disaster, but to stress, sleepless nights and even family problems.
Have Your Say – Submissions to the New Provincial Ford Government
We need your input and opinions. Let us know your ideas and experiences and it will get to the premier and his cabinet, we can assure you of that.
Our new pro-business, pro-growth, pro-fairness government wants to make sure more people invest in rental properties in Ontario. This will lead to more choices for tenants, lower vacancy rates, and a win-win situation for good landlords and good tenants.
Please provide your ideas and experiences by emailing us at:
Please make sure to comment on the following
(1) What Protections Would You Need To Invest in More Rental Properties in Ontario?
(2) Should Tax Payers Fund Free Legal Representation at the LTB For All Tenants (even wealthy tenants)?
(3) Would Be Able To Charge a Damage Deposit Help Your Rental Business?
(4) How Much Do You Need To Raise the Rent Each Year to Cover Your Expenses?
(5) When A Lease Ends Should Tenants Still Be Able To Automatically Stay as Monthly Tenants?
(6) Should the N4 Which Currently Give Tenants 14 days to Pay Go to 7 Days or 3 Days Or 24 Hours?
(7) Should We Have To Pay 1 Month Of Rent Just to Move In to Our Own Properties?
(8) Would An Eviction Notice of 24 Hours to Move for Serious Abuse/Damages Protect You and Your Rental?
(9) Should Tenants Have To Disclose Maintenance Issues And Pay Rent In Full Before Any Hearing?
(10) What Should The Laws Be For Marijuana and Rental Properties?
It’s time for Change and You Can Help Us Make It Happen!
Our Landlord Community Are the Hard Working Folks Who have Risked Money and Put in Our Time and Energy To Create Great Rental Properties in Ontario!
We Have Been Mistreated For Years With Anti-Landlord Policies Allow Bad Tenants To Walk All Over Us! We Need You To Help Us Make Huge Changes To Improve the Ontario Rental Industry!