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“We Need To Speed Up Evictions” OLA In The Huffington Post

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

Ontario Landlords Association Members Defend Landlords In The Huffington Post

“We Need Quicker Evictions For Ontario Landlords!”

Recent information from the Huffington Post shows our message is getting out. The Ford government is considering ways to speed up evictions and landlord issues are becoming well-known.

The Huffington Post is one of the most popular sites in the world. Even they would admit they are on the pro-tenant side of the spectrum. But we even reach the “left-wing” media.

Why?

Because we are telling the truth and we have many experienced and professional landlord members from across Ontario who can make sure our message is heard.

In fact, the Ontario Landlords Association has many highly educated, experienced and successful members from around the world, all working together to help the rental industry.

We need changes for Ontario landlords.

This is something the former Wynne Liberal government refused to act on, but we stopped some of their worst plans for landlords. We kept on them weekly and kept the rules from becoming even worse!

Lots Of Great Tenants Out There Looking For An Amazing Property

First of all let’s be clear – there are lots of great tenants out there.

These are tenants who pay the rent on time, follow the lease rules, are professionally respectful to their landlord and leave the property like it was when the first moved in.

But…

Unfortunately, there are also some tenants who don’t pay the rent, make major damages to the rental property, bother or harass other tenants or the landlord, and break the lease rules. 

Small Landlords Don’t Like Evictions

Unlike corporate landlords with thousands of units and a war chest to pay for huge legal fees, small landlords try to avoid evictions.  An eviction means we made a mistake in our tenant screening.

It also means lost rent and time spent at the Landlord and Tenant Board.

We want to make the renting process a simple and transparent business transaction: we offer a safe and attractive rental, and if you want it and we agree just pay rent on time and follow the lease.

Evictions In Ontario Can Take 6 months To Over A Year!

The Ontario system is broken and needs to be fixed. Evictions for even simple non-payment takes months and months.

Try going to McDonalds, order a Big Mac and fries, and walking out without paying.

But in Ontario tenants can simply refuse to pay and the process is looooooog (and tenants get every opportunity to pay months later and still stay in your rental while you wait for a Hearing and the Sheriff).

Even an Ontario Superior Court judge said the Residential Tenancies Act needs to change.

Enforcing Eviction Orders

What happens after you lose thousands of dollars in rent, countless hours of sleepless nights, and several days at LTB Hearings and finally get the eviction?

The tenant has to move out right?

The legal battle is finally finished and you can start trying to find a new renter.

It’s finally over, right?

Wrong. 

If the tenant doesn’t voluntarily move out you have to pay the Ontario Government Enforcement Agency a large fee ($300+) to physically change the locks and make sure the tenants are out.

This process can take months as they are heavily booked (and your non-paying tenants get even more free stay, no pay!)

Huffington Post – Private Bailiffs To Enforce Evictions (like they do for commercial rentals)

If landlords could hire a Private Bailiff we wouldn’t have to wait months to enforce the order, get the tenant out of rental and then re-rent it.

Instead it would be days.

It’s common sense and would speed up the eviction process (and avoid potentially months of additional losses).

Some Tenant Groups Are Fighting These Important Changes To Help Landlords

They claim only government workers are properly trained and sympathetic to tenants.

As we have seen many evictions take place this is just ridiculous. Private Bailiffs are equally qualified and professional.

Just because you are on the government payroll doesn’t mean you are ‘better’ than the private sector.

What they are is slower, not better!

OLA Members Say We Need To Speed Up Evictions

Ontario Landlords Association members made it clear in the Huffington Post private Bailiffs are welcomed by small landlords.

-We made it clear the eviction process takes months.

-We made it clear small landlords need rent paid in order to run our rental businesses

-We made it clear small landlords need rent in order to survive

Wait, Isn’t the Huffington Post Left Wing And Anti-Landlord?

Our landlords speak the truth and our message is clear.

We also have members who are very experienced and excellent advocates rarely seen before in this industry. We are also passionate because we are all small landlords too.

Our arguments are logical and make sense to help both good landlords and good tenants.

Ontario Landlords Association Continues To Get the Truth Known To Government and Media

Our members are real landlords who are just trying to provide great housing.

We need help dealing with bad tenants!

 

We Need To Speed Up The Eviction Process To Protect Landlords and Create More High Quality Rentals for Good Tenants!

Ontario Landlords Association Launches Fire Safety Campaign 2018-2019!

Sunday, October 21st, 2018

Ontario Landlords Association Fire Safety Campaign Rental Property

Successful Ontario landlords know how important fire safety is for their rental business!

Providing safe rental properties is a vital part of your rental property business. Fire departments across Ontario are making sure Fines laid for smoke alarm violations . Sadly there are still horrible stories of  tragic fire related events that could have been avoided.

Safe rentals are also a great way to let all the good tenants out there know you are a responsible and professional landlord who takes being a landlord seriously.  Successful landlords know good tenants want to rent from responsible landlords who rent out safe and well maintained rental housing units.

The Ontario Landlords Association has launched our Fire Safety Campaign to make sure residential landlords across the province are aware of their responsibilities for owning rental properties.

We also want to help all the great landlords who have safe properties to work with their tenants to make sure it’s a “win-win” situation for everyone.

We want every small residential landlord in Ontario to make sure their rental property is safe for tenants. In order to help educate our Ontario Landlord Community we have reached out to fire professionals for assistance. Whether you are an Ottawa landlord or a Toronto landlord, we want to help!

The great news for landlords is our provincial fire departments have been extremely helpful and share our goal for better and for safer residential rental properties across Ontario.

The issue of safety in residential rental properties is often in the media in St Catharines, Ontario. So the OLA reached out to the Chief Fire Prevention Officer of St Catharines. 

The Chief is Frank Donati and he was happy to help and cares deeply about fire safety. We thank Chief Donati for his time and for helping us get this important message out to residential landlords across the province.

1. What are the responsibilities of private residential landlords when it comes to fire safety in our rental properties?

Landlords are responsible for their property to comply with all applicable requirements of the Ontario Fire Code. Under the Ontario Fire Code, it is the owner’s responsibility to comply with the provisions of the Code, in the case of a rental suite the landlord shall be considered to be the owner (Division B, Article 2.13.1.1. and Article 6.3.3.2., O. Reg 213/07 as amended).

2. What are the rules in St Catharines for rental properties regarding making the property fire safe?

St Catharines requires the same level of conformity as the rest of the municipalities in Ontario – comply with the requirements of the Ontario Fire Code and all referenced Standards.

3. Are these rules the same in the rest of Ontario?

The Ontario Fire Code is applicable throughout the Province as the minimum fire and life safety requirements. Some municipalities or jurisdictions may have more stringent requirements in some cases – always contact your local Fire Prevention department for specific requirements in your area.

4. What are the rules for landlords when it comes to smoke alarms?

It’s the law in Ontario to have working smoke alarms on every story and outside all sleeping areas in each dwelling unit. Landlords must ensure their rental properties comply with the law. Specifically, a landlord is responsible for installing smoke alarms and keeping them in working condition, including testing, repairs and replacement if necessary. Furthermore, the landlord of each rental suite shall give the tenant a copy of the smoke alarm manufacturer’s maintenance instructions or approved alternative maintenance instructions. A landlord must also act to correct any problem or concern reported about the operation of an installed smoke alarm.

5. What are the rules for landlords when it comes to carbon monoxide alarms?

As with smoke alarms, landlords are responsible for the installation and maintenance of carbon monoxide alarms. The landlord is also responsible for providing the tenant with carbon monoxide alarm maintenance instructions. Testing of the carbon monoxide alarms and providing the tenant with carbon monoxide alarm maintenance instructions is also the responsibility of the landlord.

6. Regarding enforcement of the laws, what type of fines can landlords face if they are not following the laws?

Failure to comply with the Ontario Fire Code smoke and carbon monoxide alarm requirements could result in a ticket up to $295.00 + surcharges or a fine up to $50,000.00 for individuals and $100,000.00 for corporations may be imposed by the court upon conviction of an offence.

7. What can tenants do if they worry their rental home isn’t safe?

If a tenant is concerned about the safety of their rental unit, they should contact the Fire Prevention Division with their concerns and request an inspection. Ontario Fire departments are required to respond to complaints or requests for inspections under Ontario Regulation 365/13 -Mandatory Assessment of Complaints and Requests for Approval.

8 What happens if a tenant disables a smoke alarm in St Catharines? Can they be fined?

Intentional disabling of a smoke or carbon monoxide are both violations of the Ontario Fire Code (Division B, Article 6.3.3.4. and 6.3.4.6. respectively of O.Reg 213/07 as amended) and could result up to $295.00 + surcharges or a fine of up to $50,000.00 may be imposed by the court upon conviction of an offence that the tenant has disabled the alarm. Landlords are reminded to ensure they retain documentation that they have provide working alarms, instructions, and maintenance records upon request by the Fire Prevention Office.

9. Are there any great resources you recommend for residential landlords to learn more about their responsibilities when it comes to fire safety?

The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management has a wealth of information for residential landlords located at http://www.mcscs.jus.gov.ca.ca/english/FireMarshal/OFM_main.html You can also find information and contact numbers at the St Catharines Fire Services website at https://ww.stcatharines.ca/en/livin/Fire.asp

10. St Catharines is becoming know by people all over Ontario that your fire department takes fire safety and the safety of tenants extremely seriously. We have members who admire your actions and with their own local cities were like your team. What is the goal of your fire department and why are you acting so diligently on this?

St Catharines Fire Services strives to serve and protect all citizens of and visitors to St Catharines from the ravages of fire. Through education and proactive programs St Catharines Fire continues to work towards our goal of no fire related loss of persons or property and continued high quality of life through knowledge of fire and life safety.

The Ontario Landlords Association has launched our Fire Safety Campaign.  Landlords make sure you know the rules and regulations and make your property safe for your tenants.

Ontario Landlord PROTECTION MEMBERSHIP Is Now Available!

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

Due To The Huge Challenges Ontario Landlords Are Facing We Have Created A New Level Of Membership

Get Tools and Services You Need To Succeed For A One-Time Registration Fee

We have received thousands of replies from small landlords who took part in our campaign to put the issue of marijuana smoking and growing on the forefront of the provincial housing file.

It shows how concerned people are about this issue (and for good reason.) While other provinces took action, our members have been informed the ministry will watch what happens and address the issue if they see evidence of major problems arising.

We keep hearing from landlords across Ontario about the challenges and problems they face beyond even the marijuana issue.

And the stories are scary. 

Yes there are a lot of great tenants out there. But there also many tenants who are abusing the system and destroying the financial futures of so many honest, ethical and hard working residential property investors.

These investors are not billion dollar corporations.  We are working people. We are teachers, doctors, plumbers, electricians, firefighters, professors, scientists, chefs, taxi drivers, engineers, secretaries, retired people, contractors, etc.

We are ethical people who have invested in creating high quality rental housing.  We have invested our savings and we need to not only be protected, we need to be encouraged to continue to invest in Ontario rentals.  To  be frank many people are looking to invest in more business-friendly environments, such as in the USA, these days. 

If Ontario is truly “open for business” then Ontario landlords need the rules to be changed!

It could be stories about first time landlords losing over $40,000 due to a bad tenant who not only made huge damages, but stole the appliances (and the police said it was a ‘civil matter’).

Or about renters who go “on strike” instead of paying their rent. They think a landlord following rules to get a rent increase is the reason they should “join together” and all decide to not pay rent (and break the law).

Savvy tenants have also learned how to manipulate the system to break fixed term leases leaving landlords hung out to dry. For these tricky tenants signing a lease for a one year term means nothing to them.

Ontario Landlords Face Overwhelming Challenges…And We Are Here To Help

Even our most experienced landlords say things are different these days. We have veteran expert landlords who have been in the industry for ages saying “you need to be so careful these days because one slip up can bankrupt you.”

And one experienced and successful OLA member said, the issue of legal marijuana in rental properties is one of the “biggest landlord issues in 20 years.” He said this to Bloomberg News (Bloomberg International…so the whole world can see what we face!)

Let’s look at some of the biggest issues for landlords across Ontario:

1. Marijuana Is Legal (And Tenants Can Even Grow Plants in The Rental Property)

Many people are still unaware of the consequences of marijuana becoming legal. In Ontario the rules from the past Liberal government allow tenants to not only smoke weed, but to grow plants! Yes, grow plants in your rental property!

2. No Damage Deposit Can Equal Huge Financial Losses

We cannot charge a damage deposit in Ontario. That’s right, it’s illegal. Even if your renters volunteer to pay they can always go to the Landlord and Tenant Board and you will be forced to pay it back.

This means even good paying tenants seem to think it’s okay to leave a mess behind when they move out. And some tenants are actually happy to cause huge damages that can bankrupt landlords or at least end up costing us tens of thousands of dollars.

3. Even New Rentals Are Covered Under the Unfair Rent Guideline Now

Prior to April 2017 rental properties built after 1991 were exempt from the ridiculously low annual government rent increase guideline. Now even these properties are covered.  The 2018 Ontario landlord rent increase guideline is only 1.8%. Will this cover your increasing costs?

4. Evictions for Renters Simply Not Paying Rent Can Take Months

Did you know if your renter doesn’t pay rent they get a two week delay to pay? And after those two weeks if they don’t pay you have to pay to take them to a “hearing” which can take 2-6 months. The at the hearing the tenant gets free government legal help to fight you or to “play the system” to let the tenant live rent-free in your property for even longer.

5. Tenants Are Networking And Educating Each Other How To Abuse the System

Tenants are networking and teaching each other how to manipulate the system. And with the current rules,that can means months and months of living ‘rent free’, breaking leases, or leaving your property in horrible shape costing you tens of thousands of dollars.

Ontario Landlord PROTECTION Membership Is Now Available To Help Landlords Succeed In These Difficult Times

Become a Landlord PROTECTION Member and get access to the services you need to run a successful and profitable rental business. For only a one time fee start using our services to protect your business. Join us in making our landlord voices heard (and a loud voice will help make the system more fair.)  

Here’s what you get:

Rental Kit

Get access to applications, notices and everything you need in our online library that is available to you 24/7.

Access To the Forums, Including the Private Members Forum (for verified landlords only)

Network with other landlords and property managers to help you and your rental business succeed. In our private forum only verified landlords are allowed to enter. This means you are networking and getting help from real landlords, including many veteran experts.

Discounted Credit Checks

Get huge discounts on excellent credit check services.

An OLA member wrote: “I’ve actually made money by joining the OLA! Just the savings on credit checks over the past couple years adds up to way more than the one-time registration fee. It’s a deal that can’t be beat!”

Tenant Friendly Credit Checks (With Risk Scores From Transunion)

These days good tenants are very concerned about providing their personal information to a potential landlord. Get access to tenant friendly credit checks where tenants do not need to provide private information to you…and tenants can even pay for it online.

This makes running credit checks an easy and non-confrontational process.

Criminal Checks

Many experienced and successful landlords are now including criminal checks as part of their professional landlord tenant screening system. Now you can too for a huge discount for OLA members.

The “Top 100 Lease Clauses You Need” CD

The new government Ontario Standard Lease doesn’t protect landlords. The document gives lots of help for tenant to “learn there rights” while leaving landlords dangerously vulnerable.  You need to protect yourself especially if you end up at the Landlord and Tenant Board or Ontario Small Claims Court.

How To Protect Yourself From Tenants Smoking and Growing Marijuana CD

While other provinces have made changes to protect landlords Ontario has not. Learn how to protect yourself and your rental from tenants smoking marijuana and growing marijuana plants! Filled with “landlord tips and tricks” from experienced landlords across the province.

Insurance

Get access to one of the best rental insurance packages in Canada. Also covers student rentals! You get a big discount as a member.

Property Management Software

Get discounts on premium property management software to take control over your rental business.

Become a Landlord PROTECTION Member and Get the Services You Need To Succeed…ALL FOR A LOW ONE TIME FEE!

In these difficult times landlords need to come together and help each other get our voice heard and succeed and run profitable rental businesses. 

Become an Ontario PROTECTION MEMBER and Get Amazing Tools and Services To Help Your Rental Business Succeed and Make Profits!

How Can Ontario Landlords Protect Ourselves Against Tenants Smoking Marijuana and Growing Plants?

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

  Experienced and Successful Landlords and Property Managers Have Created A Comprehensive CD Filled With Strategies and “LANDLORD TIPS AND TRICKS” To Help You Deal With Tenants Who Smoke And Grow Weed In Your Property

Combine Access To This Comprehensive CD Along With Networking With Experienced Landlords and Property Managers In Our Private Members Forum To Protect Your Rental Business!

Legal marijuana has arrived as of October 17, 2018. This will have a huge impact on residential landlords.

How will you deal with it?

As an Ontario-wide landlord community, we have come together to help you and other landlords and residential property investors. After all, we are important stake-holders in the province and we are an important provider of high quality rental properties.

While many Ontario landlords have no moral or ethical concerns about making weed legal, we do have huge concerns how it will impact our rental properties and their bottom lines. The reality is many landlords and property investors are worried and looking for guidance and advice.

Landlords should be worried.

We are entering a whole new paradigm filled with uncertainty. If you are an Ontario landlord, your rental business is now filled with challenges and a bigger risk of huge problems and financial losses than ever before. 

Tenants Smoking Weed In Your Rental Property

Marijuana is now legal and tenants can smoke in your rental. How can you protect yourself? What are your options?

Tenants Growing Marijuana Plants in Your Rental Property

Tenants can now legally grow up to 4 plants in your rental. And as one landlord wrote on the Ontario landlord forums “I never touched marijuana in my life and thought the plants would be small like tomato plants…but they can be huge!”

Tenants Marijuana Smoke Causing Issues For Other Tenants

If you own a multi-unit property what can you do if one tenant smokes and bothers other tenants? The smoking tenants says “it’s legal” and the other tenants say “do something or we are all moving and taking you to the LTB to pay for our moving costs!”

What if you rent your basement and you smell weed smoke coming through your vents? What if you have young kids?

Huge Clean Up Costs

Many good tenants are sensitive to smoke and won’t rent a place where they smell it. Just dealing with tobacco smoke clean up can be expensive. But cleaning up marijuana smoke when a tenant leaves can end up costing you thousands of dollars.

Safety Issues

Growing marijuana plants could mean your growing renter might be creating mold and other dangers in your rental property. What should you do?

Insurance Issues

If your tenants are smoking or growing it could waive your insurance policy. 

Even If You Have a No Smoking Clause, What Happens If they Still Light Up?

If you say no smoking and the tenant lights up anyway the Ontario eviction process can take 6-8 months (or more). So during the time you are just waiting for the Hearing they can continue smoking.

No Smoking Clauses Don’t Mean “No Growing”

Even if you have a no smoking clause how many people out there have anything regarding growing plants? This means your tenants can grow, legally.

Other Provinces Have Made Changes To Help Landlords, Ontario Has Not

Many Canadian provinces moved quickly to protect landlords and investors and their rental industries.

For example, the province of Saskatchewan prohibited marijuana smoking in rentals and forced all tenants to sign new leases to allow landlords and investors to protect their rental properties.

In New Brunswick new rules allow landlords to amend their leases to prevent the smoking and growing of weed in their rentals.

Protect Your Rental Business Experienced and successful Ontario

We have worked hard to let the Ministry and the province to educate them why Ontario landlords need to be protected. We made it clear we need at least the same protection other provinces have provided for their landlords and residential property investors.

Several of our members were told “we appreciate your hard work and the concerns of your community …the situation is being monitored” and if there is “evidence of a major problem changes will be considered. Keep us informed.”

What this means is Ontario landlords are getting no help now and need to protect our investments from the government.

We are on our own!

Protect Your Ontario Rental Business!

Landlords and property managers have created a comprehensive CD to help you protect your Ontario rentals.  These are people have dealt with tobacco smoking issues and marijuana issues in the past and are ready for the new challenge of legal cannabis. 

They have also added lots of “Landlord Tips and Tricks” that only real professionals know about due to years of experience and ‘skin in the game’. 

With over an hour of information this comprehensive CD is filled with information to help you avoid problems and help you fix any problems that might arise. It’s written by experts with ‘skin in the game’ because we all own rentals ourselves!

Combine this with access to our Private Members Forum to protect your rental business and succeed!

Landlord and Tenant Board Requests Our Comments On New Documents – Make Your Voice Heard!

Saturday, September 15th, 2018

Rent Increase Guideline 2016 Ontario

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 landlordvoice@lobbyist.com

 

Ontario landlord and tenant board 2018

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:

  1. Proposed changes to the Rules of Procedure
  2. Proposed changes to the Guideline 6: Tenant Rights
  3. 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.

Guideline 12 has been changed to reflect amendments made to the Residential Tenancies Act on January 1, 2018.

We encourage you to have a look at the proposed changes and provide your comments and ideas by September 28, 2018.