Posts Tagged ‘evictions’

Eviction Defense Advice Against A Corrupt Landlord and Tenant Board

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020

Super Heroes Exist: They Are Tenants Helping Tenants During These Crazy, Horrifying Times! 

Super heroes exist. They spend their time and energy to help tenants protect tenants. They work tirelessly to make sure justice happens for Tenants.

One the most amazing “Justice League” of Heroes is Parkdale Organize. They have created some very helpful slides of advice that can help tenants.

Please take a look and visit there site (and help out if you can). Tenants are in this together.

Here is some motivating and useful information to help you and your family survive. Spread the word to others!

Tenants Have Rights Too! We Are In This Together!

Always remember to also get FREE LEGAL ADVICE BEFORE YOUR HEARING!

The Landlord And Tenant Board (LTB) Must Remain Open

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020

Small Landlords Have Waited Long Enough To Evict Non-Paying Tenants. Many LLs Not Been Paid Rent For Months

The Ontario NDP wants to shut down the Landlord and Tenant Board. You can read about it here.

The NDP claims there is a lot of ” growing, disturbing reports of systematic procedural unfairness” going on.

They want the Ontario Human Rights Commission to shut down Hearings:  “Board hearings should be postponed for tenants who are unable to participate fully in virtual hearings during the COVID-19 pandemic…”

Along with this there is lots of talk on social media and around the province that Ontario is going to a have a harsher lock-down soon due to the Covid-19 virus.

This lock-down will last for a long time and many services will be shut down in 2021. Even Prime Minister Trudeau is predicting a “Long, Dark Winter” where people will need to stay in our homes and there will measures more strict than ever before.

Tenant groups and others on social media (and leaks from those in the Ministry) are claiming a part of this will be another lock down of the courts.

And this lockdown will include the closing the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB)

The Ontario Landlords Association And Our Members Demand The Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) Remain Open!

Our members across the province cannot survive any more delays. We have mortgages, property taxes and maintenance repairs to be paid.

We understand the situation that some tenants may face in getting fair access to online hearings.

This is not our fault.  The fault is with those running Landlord and Tenant Board.

There are numerous mistakes which were made. Not the least of which was failing to hire more adjudicators last year to cut the incredibly long wait times for landlords to even get a Hearing date.

If there are real problems with the operation of the current Landlord and Tenant Board…fix it!

We call for an complete review of the Landlord and Tenant Board and all those involved running it. With the rental industry being so important we need professional staff and an efficient method of justice for both landlords and tenants. There needs to be changes and improvements.

Small “Mom and Pop” Landlords Cannot Survive Another LTB Lockdown!

The Ontario Landlords Association and our thousands of members all over Ontario continue to suffer not through not any fault of our own.

We need to have access to justice and want the Ministry to prepare to allow landlords access to justice even during a “long dark winter.” We need action now!

Keep The Landlord And Tenant Board Open So Small Landlords Can Get Access To Justice

Part 1: Top Secrets To Avoid Being Evicted At The Ontario Landlord And Tenant Board

Monday, November 16th, 2020

Take Action And Avoid Being Evicted In A Global Pandemic PART 1

Landlords are boasting and cocky like never before.  They are now getting Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) Hearing dates and evicting Tenants who rightfully didn’t pay rent during the beginning of the Covid-19 health catastrophe! Tenants are losing our homes every day!

They even changed the rules to make faster MASS EVICTIONS

Despite Premier Ford’s statement that tenants who didn’t pay rent during the pandemic would be protected, the LTB is evicting tenants by the thousands now.

Ford is the ultimate traitor and a puppet of the landlords. His lack of a strong moral code and his deception are putting our children at risk.

“Daddy I’m so cold and feel sick being homeless.”

GET READY FOR MASS EVICTIONS IN WINTER!

The landlords and their lobbyists the Ontario Landlords Association ,the Ontario Real Estate Association and the corporate Chinese Communist Party (CCP) controlled landlord groups control the Ford government. It’s called “pay to play.”

This has led to even more anti-tenant rules in the Residential Tenancies Act

These new rules are harsh and destroy almost all rights hard working tenants have fought for over the past 40 years!

Ford made these changes which don’t allow tenants to re-schedule Hearings if we are sick or busy finding a job and will lead to hundreds of thousands of people homeless and on the street!

Why Are They Doing This? When You Move Landlords Can Raise The Rent As Much As They Want! 

This is their goal because when tenants move out, landlords can raise the rent by hundreds and even thousands of dollars for new tenants. There is no rent control for new tenants!

“Why was my family evicted in the cold of winter during a lock down? I’m so sad!”

“I thought Canada as a good place? My family is suffering, I hate to see Mummy crying all the time and I’m hungry!!!”

They Want You And Your Family Homeless!

They don’t just want to evict you, they want you homeless and want you to suffer. They hope you have toddlers who will living in a super cold Canadian winter where they might not survive. Landlords view you as cannon fodder, as less than human!

Because how dare you not pay rent…when the Premier said you didn’t have to. Canada is a corrupt nation.

This is an attack on Tenants like we have never seen before!

Who is Doug Ford, Really?

“March 2020: Tenants don’t have to pay rent during the Pandemic”

“Nov 2020: I Fooled You ALL With My Warm Uncle Act! LOL! Mass Evictions on the way and renters should get out! Landlords need you evicted to raise rents HAHAHA”

It’s a lie that will lead to mass evictions and massive homelessness. The reality is Canadian politicians lie all the time and cannot be trusted.

 

You Need To Win At The Landlord And Tenant Board To Survive!

Evictions are  happening and thousands of tenants per day are being evicted and kicked to the streets to die!

“I need money for more Botox treatments and my Ferrari needs snow tires! Tenants get out so I can raise the rent by $500/month!!”

Small Landlords Show Their True Evil Face, They Are Not Nice

The good “mom and pop” landlord trying to just pay their bills is a myth!

Most landlords are incredibly greedy and heartless. All they want is to to get your hard earned money even during a global pandemic where thousands of people are dying.

They could easily give you a break and use their profits to cover their mortgages, or (and this will upset them) get a real job and not just rely on sucking the life blood of tenants like parasites.

They simply don’t care about you and your family and only view you as cattle. Or less than cattle. You are the steak, pork, chicken and lamb they feast on.

And now with online hearings Tenants are being evicted like cows in slaughterhouse!

 

Use “Payment Plans” Against Your Landlord And Win!

Tenants have very few options…but we still have some!

If you want to avoid being evicted and win at the Landlord and Tenant Board here is one strategy you should consider.

Let’s first look the the rules of the Residential Tenancies Act which were changed in July, 2020.

Did you know the rules changed? Most tenants (and tenant groups) don’t realize it.

But this is the key to avoiding evictions and defeating your landlord!

Here’s the new rules:

Rent Arrears that Arose During COVID-19

On July 21, 2020, the following provision was added to the RTA:

“83(6) Without restricting the generality of subsections (1) and (2), if a hearing is held in respect of an application under section 69 for an order evicting a tenant based on arrears of rent arising in whole or in part during the period beginning on March 17, 2020 and ending on the prescribed date, in determining whether to exercise its powers under subsection (1) the Board shall consider whether the landlord has attempted to negotiate an agreement with the tenant including terms of payment for the tenant’s arrears.

What this means is that when deciding whether to grant discretionary relief from eviction for an application about rent arrears on or after March 17, 2020, the Board must consider whether the landlord tried to reach a payment agreement with the tenant before the hearing.

Therefore, at the hearing the parties or their representatives must be prepared to discuss whether the landlord and the tenant tried to reach an agreement. If the parties tried to reach an agreement but were not successful, the details of the negotiations should not be discussed during the hearing.

Subsection 83(6) applies to rent arrears that arose, at least in part, starting on March 17, 2020, and ending on a date to be proclaimed by the Lieutenant Governor. As of September 2020, the ending date had not been proclaimed”

So How Does This Help Tenants?

Landlords had to have offered you the option of a “Payment Plan” in order to get their eviction and kick you and your family to the cold streets!

Let’s look at this again:

1. Your Landlord Didn’t Offer You A Payment Plan?

This is excellent for you.

All you have to do is explain to the LTB adjudicator that during the Covid-19 pandemic shut down you were worried about surviving and your landlord “didn’t even try to cooperate with you.”

This will lead to no eviction as long as you (a) Show up for your Hearing (b) Explain how scary times were during the lock-down.

2. Your Landlord Offered You A Payment Plan?

This makes things more complicated. Because if your landlord offered you a payment plan they probably did it because their $500/hr lawyer told them to do this to get you kicked out on the street!

At your Landlord and Tenant Board Hearing your landlord or their representative will try to use this to get a evicted, and fast!

Even if the offer was ridiculous, or you were too busy trying to survive to contemplate it, the Ford Pro-Landlord LTB will get you evicted!

Your Landlord Only Made The Payment Plan Offer To Use Against You To Evict you!

They don’t care about getting a little bit of rent, they want you evicted so they can raise the rent buy hundreds or thousands of dollars to the next tenants! The payment plan provided to you was a just a “legal tactic” to get you evicted!

Fight landlord dirty tricks by using their tricks against them!

Fight Fire With Fire – DENY, DENY, DENY!

Landlords are lying so you can too! Fight fire with fire. Too many tenants are honest and victims to lying, evil landlords.

At you Landlord and Tenant Board Hearing if your landlords says they offered you a “payment plan” deny it.

Yes, JUST DENY IT! (Yes, even if it’s not true!)

1. If they say they called you discussing a payment plan…DENY IT!

2. If they say they emailed you offering a payment plan…DENY IT!

3. If they say they met with you offering a payment plan…DENY IT!

What If There Is Evidence That Your Landlord Presented A Payment Plan?

First of all deny it. Make your landlord “prove” it.

If there is an email exchange tell the LTB adjudicator that is not your email address and make your landlord prove it!

If your landlord recorded you say that is “not me” and make your landlord prove it!

Do You Have A Spouse Or Roommate Or Someone Living With You?

This is great.

Bring them in as witnesses and also DENY, DENY, DENY and payment plan offers.

If There Is Any Doubt Of A Payment Plan Your LL Claims Is True And You Get An Eviction Order You Can Appeal To The Superior Court And Win

Unlike all the low paid, desperate for work newly hired failed lawyers, failed paralegal LTB adjudicators (their salary and benefits are Walmart tire!), Superior Court Judges are trained and fair and fight for real JUSTICE!

No Landlord Offer Of A Payment Plan = No LTB Eviction = Protect Your Family From Landlord Lies!

Protect You and Your Family By Using Legal Methods To Beat Your Landlord At the Landlord At Tenant Board

Tenants are just trying to find a home. We pay our rent on time and keep the properties like our own.

During a huge historic pandemic where are our jobs were shut down many tenants couldn’t pay rent.

We were promised by Ford that we didn’t have to pay rent so we could pay for food and medicine.

Months later the rules have changed and landlords are seeking MASS EVICTIONS.

Make Sure You Fight Back And Win At Your LTB Hearing.

This Is Part 1, Come Back And More Real Life Advice To Avoid Evictions!!

ONTARIO LANDLORDS: JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED

Friday, October 9th, 2020

 The Landlord And Tenant Board Is The Way To Legally Evict Non-Paying Tenants. But It’s Taking Months To Get A Hearing! This Just Isn’t Fair! 

Our members own rental properties all over the province. From the far north to the most southern parts of Ontario. From the largest cities to some of the smallest towns. From East to West.

From all over Ontario the message is clear: small landlords are not getting Hearing Dates at the Landlord and Tenant Board.  This is leading to many landlords facing extremely difficult circumstances.

Many landlords have waited for months to get a hearing as their tenants don’t pay rent. Some have been waiting since 2019!

Our OLA members realize that due to the pandemic we should expect some delays…but for months and months, or over a year? No way.

Many  Small Landlords Are Facing Bankruptcy Through No Fault Of Our Own!

Most of our members felt the some of the policies of the Wynne Liberals were not helpful and would lead to less investment (and higher vacancy rates). Our predictions came true.

However, at least Wynne funded the Landlord and Tenant Board and allowed landlords (and tenants) to “have our day in court” within a reasonable time frame.

Furthermore, Kathleen was always open to our calls and questions, as both Housing Minister and then Premier. She wasn’t afraid to explain her policies to us.

Kathleen reached out to the OLA and our members personally many times over the years to explain new goals, new policies ideas, and always wanted the feedback of OLA members (for example, we prevented “own use” applications being banned and explained how damaging it would be to control rent prices between tenancies).

Wynne was not a puppet for corporate landlords and was always there to have long discussions and listen the concerns of our members as well as from tenants.

Are You Still Waiting For Your Landlord And Tenant Board Hearing Date?

Let us know and we’ll make sure your voice is heard! All emailed information will be sent to the Premier and his staff directly. By sending it to us you agree to allow us to publish the information (names redacted).

Send us the following information to landlordvoices@activist.com (Names will be private):

-Your LTB Case Number

-How Long You have Been Waiting

-The Amount Of Money Owed To You

-Some Information On Your Case (Why You Need The Hearing)

-How Not Having Access To Justice Is Impacting You And Your Family

We Need Fairness For Landlords!  Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied!

Even the Wynne Liberals ensured landlords and tenants go our “day in court” in a  month or so.

Now landlords are facing months and months of delays while their tenants continue to not pay rent, make damages or harass their landlord or other tenants.

Good tenants have also written to us complaining their frustrations of long waits on maintenance and other claims.

This Is An Emergency

Small landlords aren’t afraid of the LTB…We need to be able to access it in a fair way and not have to wait for months on end to access our only avenue for justice!

We ask the Premier to “tune out” the landlord protestors and those landlords who aren’t professional and don’t have a real understanding of how government and industries work. They are not representative of 99.99% of the small landlords in Ontario and are embarrassing to us.

Most small “mom and pop” landlords are educated, worldly, and not reactionary with stock phrases demonizing tenants and promoting illegal acts whether it’s by signs or shady credit reporting that will lead to huge problems for those who do it. We were renters too and want to be the excellent landlord we never had.

Most small landlords are facing extreme financial challenges because they have no access to justice? What’s going on? Why is this happening?

Small landlords are running businesses and many voted to “Make Ontario Open For Business”.

Instead we are seeing a policy failure of historic proportions.

We Need Emergency Action To Get The Landlord and Tenant Board Running Efficiently As Soon As Possible

If not, many of our member will sell their rentals.

And even more will make sure they vote for a party that at least properly funds the Landlord and Tenant Board and runs it in a professional manner.

And a party that lives up to their campaign promises to small business people.

Ontario Landlords- The Sheriff Must Be Able To Conduct Legal Evictions

Thursday, October 1st, 2020

Tenant Activists Physically Prevented Officers From Conducting a Legal Eviction

Ontario Landlords Need Legal Evictions To Be Enforced

For over a decade OLA members have shared tips and advice to help each other succeed.  We also bring up important issues to the attention of other members which then often gets the media involved.

This is why we even exist – to help small landlords have a voice and succeed using the best services out there.

We educate our members on the laws and regulations. We follow these laws and regulations, and become the best landlords tenants can ever find!

Sheriff Not Enforcing Legal Evictions?

One OLA member wrote on our popular landlord forums that he worried after waiting for a Hearing date at the Landlord and Tenant Board for months. 

This member worried that when he finally gets his Hearing (and wins) it could be impossible to legally get his tenant out of his rental.

“Have evictions been stopped in Ontario?

I was listening to Global news in my car and hey reported tenants are no longer getting evicted by the Sheriff and 14 police officers let a tenant mob block the doors!

I almost spat my coffee driving on the 401 westbound(!) and want to know what the hell is going on?”

This news quickly spread throughout our membership with people upset and confused how this could happen.

Here’s What Happened

According to CTV News there was a scheduled eviction by the Sheriff on September 21, 2020 in East York.

When the Sheriff arrived there was a group of tenant activists who blocked the entry to the rental complex. The tenants became aggressive and the police were called.

14 Officers And The Tenants Did Not Back Down…And Won

Although 14 police officers came to assist the Sheriff with their legal right to conduct the eviction they didn’t remove the activists. These were people who were blocking the entrance to the rental property for a legal eviction.

Tenant Activists Continued To Block Officers The Next Day

Again they were successful in blocking the eviction.

Landlords Need A Legal Way To Evict Tenants And Cannot Accept Chaos and Anarchy

Small landlords are running a small business. It’s not easy as we have lots of costs to pay. Whether it’s our mortgages, our property taxes, utilities, insurance or the rising costs to property maintain our units… it’s more expensive than ever!

Good Tenants Need Help As Well 

OLA members are not your typical “you pay go to a homeless shelter” types. Most of us were renters before and know how difficult it can be when living in difficult economic times, especially when we are still in a pandemic.

We Need To Be Strong And Take Action Against Tenant “Game Players” 

If tenants can pay rent but just don’t want to pay when they can that’s one thing. They need to be evicted so the landlord can re-rent the unit asap!

However, if the the tenants being evicted might have no income source, face mental health issues, drug issues, or are just broke because the lost their jobs and had to spend what they have to feed themselves and their loved ones it’s not the same.

We understand this and sympathize with tenants facing challenges.

Government Must Help Tenants And Not Put A Social Justice Burden On Small “Mom and Pop” Landlords Facing Bankruptcy

Some tenants need truly help. And this help needs to come from the Ontario government. Tenant groups also need to understand this.

Small landlords don’t want to evict tenants in need, but we need to get rent to avoid “being in need” ourselves!

Here are just some of our ideas to improve the Ontario rental industry:

-The government should help tenants in need to cover rent (via a grant or interest free loan) and not be evicted by paying the landlord directly. Small landlords don’t want to evict tenants and only do so as a last resort.

-When a landlord applies for the Sheriff a mental health worker and social worker should be notified so they can help the tenant get new housing before they are evicted.

-The government should also pay landlords for any damages done the unit by the tenant and any rent owing so the landlord will not have to chase after the tenant (increasing stress on both sides).

Small Landlords Need A Fast and Efficient System To Evict Tenants After We Get A Legal Eviction!

If the public sector cannot handle the workload, it’s time to allow private bailiffs. We recommended this before and it’s an option to speed up legal evictions.

The Province must fix the system and not pass the buck to hard working small landlords who are struggling to survive! Help landlords run our businesses by not allowing anarchy. Help tenants who truly need help.

Let’s Fix The Ontario Rental Industry To Help  Both Good Landlords and Good Tenants Succeed!

Let’s evict tenants who are playing games…but also the government can help those tenants who truly need it, assist them and house them.

The Entire Burden Cannot Just Be Put On The Backs Of Hard-Working Small Landlords!

If The Ministry Can’t Run Things Outsource It To Us And We Will Make The Ontario Rental Industry Fair And The World Leader!