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TENANTS CAN NOW GET A FREE LAWYER TO HELP YOU FIGHT YOUR LANDLORD!

Monday, March 1st, 2021

EVICTION HELP: THE TENANT-LAWYER CONNECTION PORTAL

There was an excellent story by CBC news explaining how Tenants can now get free legal help from an Ontario lawyer.

YES, FREE LEGAL HELP FROM AN ONTARIO LAWYER.

Unlike the venomous “work for the highest bidder” low-life legal reps that want to evict tenants, hurt families and destroy lives, there are lots of good lawyers out there.

They are successful already and don’t have to be “bottom-feeders” like what many landlords are hiring to try to destroy tenant lives.

Good lawyers believe in justice and fairness and they can protect you from the low-class sharks that are used as weapons against Tenants during the current corrupt LTB Hearing system.

They aren’t desperate to make a “quick buck” abusing the system to please their landlord paymasters.

A Lawyer Is Like Your Bodyguard Against Landlord Bullies!

“DON’T BULLY MY CLIENT LANDLORD! OBEY THE LAW OR GET WRECKED!”

Having your own lawyer makes sure your landlords treat you with respect! If they think you are weak they will bully you, but if they know you are protected they will change their tune fast!

The Ontario Bar Association has launched a new pro bono legal service to help tenants at risk of losing their homes when residential evictions resume across the province in the coming weeks.

The enforcement of eviction orders was paused in Ontario when the provincial government introduced a stay-at-home order on Jan. 14 to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Evictions have since resumed across most of the province, though the moratorium will remain for Toronto, Peel Region and North Bay-Parry Sound until at least March 8.

Ontario’s Landlord and Tenant Board is expected to begin processing a growing backlog of cases as enforcement resumes more widely across the province.

“There will be a wave of hearings,” said Doug Ferguson, the bar association’s chair of pro bono work.

“And there will be a wave of evictions.”

The new service offers 30 minutes of free legal advice for tenants facing eviction hearings.

‘Tenants are stuck’

Ferguson said lawyers who volunteer for the program will walk clients through their tenant rights, and help them to negotiate agreements with landlords, such as deferring payments or delaying an eventual move-out date.

The goal, he said, is to better prepare tenants for hearings that have the potential to fundamentally disrupt their lives.

“The tenants are stuck,” Ferguson said. “When you don’t have the legal training or the information you need, it makes it very difficult to make your point.”

The bar association says it has enough volunteer lawyers to assist 100 clients per week. Some tenants in particularly complicated situations may receive more than the 30 minutes of free counsel, if the lawyer agrees to help them further.

The provincial government says it encourages tenants and landlords to reach “fair arrangements,” such as deferring rent or finding alternative payment arrangements.

Thousands of Toronto tenants facing evictions

Renters across Canada have reported difficulty making their rent throughout the pandemic, mainly due to job losses and increased economic instability.

A survey released in January by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation found that rent arrears increased nationally due to COVID-19, with 58.3 per cent of survey respondents reporting a higher rent arrears rate in 2020 than the previous year.

Toronto recorded the highest arrears rate, with 34,858 units, more than 10 per cent of the city’s rental stock, in arrears in 2020. The estimated amount of unpaid rent reached $55 million in Toronto last year.

Kiri Vadivelu is among the thousands of local tenants in arrears and now facing eviction. He hasn’t paid rent at his Scarborough apartment since April 2020 when he lost his job as a security guard.

“It is extremely, extremely frightening because if my landlord can evict me, I have no means to pay, and I have [nowhere] to go. What am I going to do?” said Vadivelu.

He and his wife are awaiting the birth of their first child this spring.

“I’m afraid our family is going to be homeless.”

Vadivelu is also an organizer with the tenant advocacy group Toronto ACORN, which has called on the provincial government to ban all residential evictions, hearings and orders until the pandemic ends.

The Ontario NDP has made similar demands.

Ferguson, of the bar association, did not echo those calls, though he did raise similar concerns about the possibility of tenants across the province being pushed out of their homes.

“At this point in the pandemic, to have thousands of people homeless cannot be good for our communities,” he said.

“Not good for public health and not good for our economy.”

Don’t Estimate The Depths Landlord Desperate Legal Reps Will Go!

“I will evict each and everyone of these tenants so I can finally make enough cash to buy my Ferrari and Miami beach luxury condo!”

Tenants know that landlords (including small landlords) are hiring expensive legal help to try to steamroll Tenants and kick us out of our homes.

Get Help Here.

With LTB hearings now online, many Tenants claim adjudicators (judges) at the Landlord and Tenant Board are stomping on our legal and human rights!

Make sure you get a free lawyer and make sure your landlord knows you have a lawyer helping you so they must RESPECT YOU!

Eviction Enforcement Resumes

Tuesday, February 9th, 2021

Date:              February 9, 2021

TO:                 Ontario Landlord Association Stakeholders

FROM:           Karen Restoule, Associate Chair and Lynn Dicaire, Registrar 

RE:                 Eviction Enforcement Resumes

On February 8, 2021 the government announced that residential eviction enforcement will resume in three public health unit regions on Wednesday, February 10, 2021:

  • Hastings Prince Edward Public Health
  • Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health
  • Renfrew County and District Health Unit

In these three regions, the Court Enforcement Office (Sheriff) may enforce all Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) eviction orders. To find out which public health unit your rental unit is located in, enter the postal code in the Ministry of Health’s Public Health Unit Locator.

In all other regions of the province, previously announced restrictions on enforcement of LTB evictions orders by the Sheriff remain in effect. In those regions, the Sheriff cannot enforce an LTB eviction order unless the order asks the Sheriff to expedite the enforcement. If you believe the LTB should request an expedited eviction, please raise the issue at your hearing.

The government may make further changes to the list of public health unit regions subject to these restrictions in the weeks to come.

The LTB continues to hold hearings for all types of applications and issue orders, including orders for evictions. This will help ensure that tenants and landlords seeking resolution from the LTB are provided access to justice with minimal service delays.

Please continue to refer to our website for operational updates. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Sincerely,

[original signed by]               [original signed by]

Karen Restoule                    Debbie Koukouves, on behalf of Lynn Dicaire

Associate Chair                    Registrar

Landlord and Tenant Board Expanding Access to Technology for Proceedings

Monday, February 1st, 2021

January 27, 2021

TO:                  Ontario Landlord Association Stakeholders

FROM:            Karen Restoule, Associate Chair, Lynn Dicaire, Registrar,  LTB

RE:                  Landlord and Tenant Board Expanding Access

The Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) is continuing its efforts to improve operations and enhance the quality of dispute resolution for the thousands of people across the province who access its services.

Last year, we heard from you that some Ontarians have difficulty participating in their hearing by telephone or videoconference because of a lack of access to the necessary technology. This feedback has been important to helping us identify opportunities to improve parties’ experience with the board. In doing so, we have carefully assessed and evaluated the LTB’s ability to provide access to technology, while also ensuring the safety of LTB staff and participants.

Today, we are pleased to announce that starting February 1, the LTB is expanding options to address requests for alternative hearing formats for parties in Toronto who do not have access to a telephone, computer and/or the internet.

LTB parties who need access to a computer and telephone terminal may be accommodated at the 15 Grosvenor Hearing Centre in Toronto. Parties who have received a Notice of Hearing and have contacted the LTB to make their request will be considered for access to the terminal. The LTB will evaluate each request on a case-by-case basis and respond with its decision to grant or deny the request. If the request is granted, the party using the terminal will participate in their hearing electronically.

A room will be set up to include a computer and telephone to support the party’s participation. Staff will only be available to help applicants who require technical assistance with the computer and/or telephone. A party can bring two additional individuals into the hearing centre for the proceeding. If the party needs to bring additional individuals, they should ask the LTB before the hearing; such requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Tribunals Ontario is committed to safeguarding the health and well-being of staff, and participants, and has implemented safety protocols and enhanced cleaning at the 15 Grosvenor Hearing Centre. Everyone entering the hearing centre will be required to complete an on-site COVID-19 screening assessment before entry and must adhere to all safety measures inside the hearing centre. Individuals who are deemed inadmissible through the screening assessment will not be permitted entry. Front-line counter services remain closed until further notice.

Tribunals Ontario will evaluate this new pilot initiative and determine if and how it may be improved upon and expanded to other tribunals and hearing centres across the province.

We will continue to monitor COVID-19 developments and will update our practices and procedures based on advice from the Ministry of Health, Chief Medical Officer of Health, and public health officials.

The LTB remains committed to updating you with regard to operational planning and is appreciative of your patience and cooperation as we continue to adjust our operations in response to the ongoing pandemic.

Sincerely,

[Original signed by]         [Original signed by]

Karen Restoule

Associate Chair

Lynn Dicaire

Registrar

 

Ontario Landlord Tenant Board Is Facing New Challenges And Needs Your Help

Friday, January 1st, 2021

Let’s Fix The Landlord and Tenant Board in 2021

Small Ontario landlords were happy when the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) finally re-opened and began having video hearings.

The LTB had been closed for months and this led to some tenants not paying rent. Not getting rent created severe financial challenges for thousands of small ‘mom and pop’ landlords all over Ontario.

A Disaster For Small Landlords

Some landlords even had to sell their rental properties because they needed rent in order to help cover their mortgages, property taxes, and increasingly expensive maintenance costs.

Many others had to max out their credit cards, get loans and borrow money just to keep from going bankrupt. They are now worried about getting the needed income to pay for these huge debts.

For many small landlords the LTB shut down was a nightmare.

When the LTB finally re-opened small landlords felt better and began to trust the system to help them. However, there was great frustration within our community over the long wait times to get a hearing date.

Finally, over the past couple of months the LTB has started to operate efficiently to clear the incredibly long backlog of cases.

Small landlords, at last, began to see the light at the end of the dark, long tunnel.

Tenant Groups: The Landlord and Tenant Board Is In a “Crisis”

Now that hearings have started many tenant groups are unhappy and want to shut down the LTB.

They say there is a crisis at the Landlord and Tenant Board.

They claim that the online hearings are unfair to tenants who have not been treated with respect. In addition, they say some LTB adjudicators are not acting professionally and denying tenants their legal rights.

This led the NDP to call for a shut down of the LTB

The NDP wants to shut down the LTB and ban evictions.

All tenants get free legal help (no matter their income) and the legal clinics have reached out to the Human Rights Commission to halt Hearings and re-examine LTB decisions over the past few months.

Ontario Small Landlords Need The LTB To Remain Open…We Also Want Fairness for Both Good Landlords And Good Tenants

Most small ‘mom and pop’ landlords are good, working class people who want to create high quality, affordable housing. We want to take care of our tenants and our rentals and hope it can help provide a little bit of cash flow and help us during our retirement.

We used to rent ourselves and have relatives and friends who rent now. We have nothing against good tenants and just want a fair, efficient system to help both good landlords and good tenants.

These are challenging times and the LTB reached out to the Ontario Landlords Association to ask for our members help.

This was sent to us by the leadership of the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board:

December 22, 2020

TO:                 Ontario Landlords Association Stakeholders

FROM:           Karen Restoule, Associate Chair,  Lynn Dicaire, Registrar

RE:                 Year-end Message from the LTB Associate Chair and Registrar

It has been a hard year for so many of us, and for so many reasons.

As a result of COVID-19, LTB operations have transformed at unprecedented speed and scale. Our service counters remain closed and hearings continue to be conducted by videoconference, teleconference, and through written submissions.

The LTB has been working continuously to offer quality dispute resolution for the thousands of people across the province who rely on us while prioritizing the health and safety of all.

During this change, we would like to express our appreciation for you, our stakeholders, for your patience, cooperation, and shared commitment to fair and timely dispute resolution.

In July, as a result of amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 (RTA) the LTB proposed changes to its Rules, guidelines, and forms and opened the door to public and stakeholder input. In August and September, we met virtually with more than 15 stakeholder groups and received more than 40 written submissions. Since then, we have met virtually with more than 18 stakeholder groups.

Your willingness to engage openly and honestly with the LTB has been important to our process. Not only did we receive helpful feedback on the proposed changes to our materials and procedures as a result of Bill 184, but you also raised concerns and offered advice related to topics like virtual hearings, electronic filing, and the use of alternative dispute resolution.

The LTB is committed to open and ongoing stakeholder engagement. We value your experience and perspective on landlord and tenant matters.

In January, we will organize another round of engagement meetings with stakeholders. These meetings will complement a call for written feedback on proposed changes to guidelines and forms for upcoming RTA changes related to Bill 184. We welcome your input on our proposed changes to our processes and procedures. We hope you will participate.

Before we close, we’d like to take this opportunity to share a few operational updates.

We will continue to hear tenant applications and urgent matters from December 22 to January 4. In early January, the LTB will add landlord-seized and adjourned matters to the schedule, and landlord and tenant case management hearings will resume. Hearings for all application types will resume on January 18, 2021.

Finally, as we continue to work to address the large volume of pending applications and requests, we continue to ask for your patience.

Applicants will continue to experience delays. At this time, the LTB is shifting its operational staff to respond to priority areas and cannot provide accurate application processing and customer service response times. Once an application is processed, a letter will be sent to the applicant providing their file number so they can Check File Status on our website for their hearing date once it has been scheduled.

To stay up-to-date on other developments at the LTB, we encourage you to visit our website regularly and subscribe to our Latest News.

Thank you again for your continued engagement with the LTB. This meaningful dialogue provides the LTB with a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by our users and helps us to identify opportunities to improve everyone’s experience with the board.

On behalf of all LTB staff and adjudicators, please accept our warmest wishes for a safe holiday and Happy New Year. We look forward to connecting with you in 2021.

Warmly,

[original signed by]       [original signed by]

Karen Restoule

Associate Chair

Lynn Dicaire

Registrar

 

Let’s Fix The LTB in 2021

We appreciate the LTB reaching out to us once again.

Many don’t realize the OLA stopped a lot of extremely anti-small landlord measures in the past by being in regular contact with former Premier Kathleen Wynne (also when she was Housing Minister) and explaining our positions.

For example, “Own Use Evictions” still exist…when it almost didn’t thanks to the efforts of many of our senior OLA members.

Small Ontario landlords need the LTB to remain open to evict those who haven’t pay rent for months and leading to ridiculously unfair hardship on us.

We also understand the tenant groups frustration with some adjudicators not being fair. The LTB is a “court” and we need to make sure that the LTB treats both landlords and tenants with respect and the ability to make our cases.

Small Ontario Landlords Can Provide Solutions

Make sure you contact us with your ideas, concerns and hopes to fix the LTB and protect good landlords and good tenants (and making sure the bad apples are treated accordingly.)

There are too many “one person” shows now and we need to all come together and be united. Together we are strong.

Contact Us – Make Sure Your Voice Is Heard LOUD AND CLEAR:

Please send us your thought and ideas.

What happens in the next 30 days will have a major impact on the Ontario private rental industry for years to come.

Play a role and get your voice heard!

Email: landlordvoices2021@activist.com

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!