Posts Tagged ‘corona virus’

ODSP Recipient Tenants Struggling To Survive Pandemic

Thursday, May 21st, 2020

OLA Member Small Landlords Working Together With Our Tenants In These Challenging Times

Many people mistakenly think all tenants receive CERB (Canada Emergency Response Benefit) equaling $2000.00 per month. This leads some landlords to create their payment plans based on this.

Recently there was an important report on Citynews called “ODSP recipients struggling to survive pandemic”. This has helped us educate landlords and created a flurry of discussion amongst our members.

-According to the report, tenants on ODSP get less than $1200.00 per month.

-Also, ODSP recipients are not eligible for the CERB ($2000.00/mo) and can be punished with claw-back of benefits if they apply.

-People are being left destitute with less than $50/week to feed themselves.

Let’s Get The Message Out

For over a decade the Ontario Landlords Association has always been about good landlords working together with good tenants for a win-win situation (or survival-survival situations during these challenging times). 

Our members are working class people. These include carpenters, nurses, teachers, entrepreneurs, health care workers, police officers, fire-fighters, plumbers, seniors and others. We have invested to try to create some monthly cash-flow and prepare for their retirement.

Our members don’t live in mansions (and many of our members rent out their basements).

1. Landlords Make Sure You Are Aware Of The Real Challenges Your Tenants Face

Many of our members rent to ODSP recipients. Make sure you are aware of the financial reality your tenants face.

Talk with your tenants, work things out, understand each others concerns.  Create a realistic payment or deferral plan based on real data.

2. The Provincial Government Needs To Help Tenants On ODSP 

The provincial government needs to step up and help out ODSP recipients pay rent.

The Premier and the Minister Of Housing are aware of the challenges small residential landlords and tenants face and already reached out to the federal government (which refused to help).

With rising food and medical costs, tenants on ODSP need help from the province.

Landlords are helping but many small landlords need rent to survive and are struggling as well.

We don’t want to evict anyone (it’s the last resort) and many of us have strong, friendly relationships with our tenants.

We don’t hire property managers or lawyers to intimidate tenants. What we do is call and chat and try to work things out.

3. It’s time for an emergency “rent grant” to all tenants on ODSP or OW from the province

Small landlords aren’t rich and we have limits. We need the province to setp up to the plate.

The logistics of this will not be difficult. The province of British Columbia is already helping all tenants by paying landlords up to $500 per month to help cover tenant rent.

Let’s Stop Evictions…Here’s The Solution

Recipients on ODSP or OW can access a “rent grant” that will cover their rent for the next 6 months (which will be renewed if we are still in lock-down)

This payment will be sent to the landlord directly and the landlord will agree not to file for eviction.

Boom goes the dynamite – most evictions will be cancelled!

4. Let’s Extend This To All Residential Tenants in Ontario

-Want to avoid landlord-tenant conflict?

-Want to make sure their is no tsunami of evictions when the Landlord and Tenant Board eventually opens?

The province can easily step in and help tenants. If the government helps commercial landlords and tenants, why not help residential landlords and tenants?

The Province Needs To Help Tenants And Stop Putting The Financial Burden On Struggling Small Landlords Creating Unnecessary Conflict With Our Tenants

Airlines are getting a bail-out. Commercial landlords are getting a bail out.

What about tenants?

We need government to play a role and stop pitting landlords vs. tenants.

If this is too expensive, make the “Rent Grant” available to only tenants who are on ODSP, OW, rent from small landlords. 

We think this rent grant should go to all tenants but if there are true budget constraints at least help out tenants on ODSP, OW, and tenants who rent from small landlords.

This will make corporate lobbyists angry. But those billion dollar REITS aren’t worried about being able to pay their property taxes in June like many small landlords are.

And while these corporate landlords can spend a lot of money to politicians, they are not the same as hundreds of thousands of voters who thought they were getting a pro-business leadership.

THIS CAN HAPPEN: No Evictions, Small Landlords Secure, Tenants Secure, And We Are A Team During This Pandemic…It’s Easy To Do!

Ontario can lead  the way and be a role-model for the rest of Canada.

If millions of dollars can be invested on widening highways, money can surely be spent on saving the residential rental industry in Ontario.

…and saving hundreds of thousands of working class landlords and tenants from stress, conflict, trial dates, evictions…and worse.

LTB Is Closed! = TENANTS DO NOT HAVE TO PAY RENT

Sunday, March 15th, 2020

The Only Way Landlords Can Evict You Is With An Order From the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB). Now The LTB Is Closed So Landlords are 100% Powerless! You Don’t Need To Pay Rent!

The Wuhan Virus started by some strange reason.

Some people say it started by some Chinese people eating live bats for dinner along with other live animals and creating a contamination that spread.  Others say it is a bio-weapon started by Trump and the United States government to create trouble for China and all non-white people in the world.

However it started, it is real and causing a global pandemic and people are dying.

And Tenants are vulnerable and need to do what it takes for us to survive!

Halt Of Evictions

This has led for some to call for a halt  of evictions.

For example, the amazing Kristin Wong-Tam is saying the government should give all tenants an ‘eviction break’ because we are can’t work and can’t make money to pay the greedy landlords their pound of our flesh.

Housing is a human right and all people should get free housing, so in these dangerous times landlords should eat the costs (and just dig into their deep pockets) and be unable to collect rent or evict tenants all over Ontario. Evictions need to be stopped!

The Problem With Government “Solutions”

We love amazing leaders such as Wong-Tam but often their hands are tied.

The biggest problem is any government solutions are very slow to make an impact while Tenants need fast action and fast solutions!

Also as we can with some other tenant groups that get gov’t funding, they are understandably afraid to tell the real raw truth.

Why? Because they risk losing funding with such a fascist, pro-landlord government like we are stuck with until we kick them out in two years.

Real Life Tenant Survival Strategies

Because of how fast as easy this virus spreads, the pro-landlord anti-tenant Ford PC government has shut down all the social tribunals in the province. This includes the LTB.

The Landlord And Tenant Board (LTB) is Closed

The only way an Ontario landlord can legally evict you is with an order from the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB)….But the LTB IS CLOSED!

Apply with us to kick out your vulnerable tenant so you can raise rents. We are on landlords side.

But now……….

 

Landlords Looking To Evict Will Find They Can’t Do It!

Usually landlords just get their high paid, expensive legal representatives to file the paperwork.

Then the high paid reps take it to the LTB and use the landlord-friendly system to kick tenants out (along with mocking them and humiliating them for being just ‘renters’ while they are ‘lords’.)

Landlords Are Stuck! Their Cries For Help Go Unheard!

There is nothing they can do! They are stuck…they are trapped! They have no mechanism to evict Tenants!

And this is a good thing.

This means that smart tenants will now stop paying rent and use that money to buy food and medicine to protect ourselves and our families!

Already landlords are using their huge reserves of our rent money to buy all the toilet paper and other key products to make sure they live…while leaving Tenants to die!

Tenants Cannot Be Evicted As the LTB Is Closed

Only idiots will pay rent on April 1st or May 1st.  Use this money to protect yourself.

Ignore any landlord paperwork sent to you (N4, N5, etc.) as it’s a BLUFF and MEANINGLESS!

Landlords must file with the LTB…which now doesn’t exist and won’t for at least two months and maybe many many more.

Protect You And Your Family By Not Paying Rent

Tenants are the must vulnerable people. We must do whatever it takes to SURVIVE.

You do not need to rent for at least 2 months…spend that money on buying food, toilet paper, water, etc.

This Could Go On for 6 Months Or Even A Year

Keep informed because now you do NOT HAVE TO PAY RENT.

Protect you and your family and make sure you survive!

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