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.
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.
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?
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!