I wrote about this a year ago and am shocked more people are not using this service!
Tenants are under attack!
How can we fight back?
Ontario Tenants are not aware there is a “Ontario Tenant police force” run by the provincial government to help you and punish your landlord for illegal acts!
It’s almost like the the so called “tenant groups” taking government money and province don’t want tenants to know about this service. And there is rarely anything in the media. Why?
Hmmmmmmm. It’s almost like landlords work to keep tenants blind and naive about our rights while they look down on us and just want our money.
WE ARE ABOUT GETTING TENANTS TRULY INFORMED
– There is a service that will protect our rights! But most Tenants don’t even know about it! It’s time to make every Tenant in Ontario aware of this service!
Want proof? Take a look:
(1) Waterloo Landlord And Property Manager Fined $5200 For Not Return Key Deposit
June 21, 2019 10:30 A.M.
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Convicted: 2526328 Ontario Inc. and Turn Key Property Management Inc.
Location: Region of Waterloo
Description of Offence: Three counts against each defendant of charging an illegal key deposit
Date of Conviction: June 17, 2019
Following a guilty plea, 2526328 Ontario Inc. and Turn Key Property Management Inc. were each fined a total of $2,250 by Justice of the Peace Michael A. Cuthbertson.
The court also imposed victim fine surcharges totalling $375 for each defendant as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The victim fine surcharges go to a special fund to assist victims of crime.
2526328 Ontario Inc. is the landlord of a rental property in Waterloo.
Turn Key Property Management Inc. manages the property for the landlord.
In February and March 2017, six tenants signed leases to rent units in the property. Each tenant was charged a $200 key deposit.
Under the Residential Tenancies Act, a landlord may charge a refundable key deposit in an amount not greater than the expected direct replacement costs of the key.
2526328 Ontario Inc. did not refund the key deposits to three of the tenants when they moved out of their units.
Turn Key Property Management Inc. did not refund the key deposits to the other three tenants when they moved out of their units.
After the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing laid charges, 2526328 Ontario Inc. and Turn Key Property Management Inc. refunded the key deposits to the tenants.
(2) Toronto Landlord Fined $48,000 for Residential Tenancies Act Violations
Convicted: 795 College Inc.
Description of Offence: Three counts of failing to afford a tenant a right of first refusal
Date of Conviction: May 23, 2019
- Following a guilty plea, 795 College Inc. was fined a total of $48,000 in Toronto by Justice of the Peace David. J. Hunt.
- The court also imposed a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge ($12,000) as required by the Provincial Offences Act.
- 795 College Inc. is the landlord of an eight-unit apartment building.
- In late 2016, 795 College Inc. gave the tenants notice to end their tenancies to do extensive renovations.
- Tenants may have a “right of first refusal” to move back into the rental unit once renovations are complete by giving written notice to the landlord before moving out. The rent when the tenant moves back in must be the same as if there had been no interruption in the tenancy.
- Tenants in three rental units gave written notice to 795 College Inc. that they wanted to move back in once renovations were complete.
- In November 2017, 795 College Inc. rented the three units to different tenants at over three times the previous rent. The previous tenants did not move back in.
- In addition to the fines imposed by the Court, the Landlord and Tenant Board ordered 795 College Inc. to pay administrative fines totaling $75,000 for not letting the previous tenants move back in.
(3) Simcoe County Landlord Fined $1,500 for Residential Tenancies Act Violation
Convicted: Casino R.V Resorts Inc.
Location: Simcoe County
Description of Offence: Withholding the reasonable supply of heat to a tenant
Date of Offence: September 1, 2018 — June 15, 2019
Date of Conviction: December 16, 2019
- Following a guilty plea, Casino R.V Resorts Inc. was fined $1,500 in Orillia by Justice of the Peace Karen Walker.
- The court also imposed a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge ($375) as required by the Provincial Offences Act.
- Casino R.V Resorts Inc. is the landlord of a rental property in Simcoe County.
- In early 2018, the furnace in the basement of the property stopped working.
- Casino R.V Resorts Inc. did not repair the furnace despite requests from the tenant. The furnace was still not repaired during the period from September 1, 2018 to June 15, 2019.
- Under the Residential Tenancies Act, landlords are not permitted to withhold the reasonable supply of heat to a tenant between September 1 and June 15. During this period, rental units must be maintained (or capable of being maintained) at a temperature of at least 20 degrees Celsius.
Tenants Are Not Aware Of This Important Weapon To Fight Evil, Illegal Landlords
We wrote about how Tenants have a “tenant police force” that almost nobody know about before- https://ontariolandlords.org/forum/view … 8454399aa7
Of course the gov’t paid for high salaried “tenant activists” will never tell you the truth, as they might lose their funding and huge salaries.
As Lenin said, control the opposition and you win. This is what the landlords have done, created what looks like tenant groups fighting for us but in reality they are just there to stop us and bog us down and make us lose!
So many options for Tenants are hidden and rarely ever publicized. Our collective is talking about REAL HELP AND REAL ACTION, not flowery words and inaction.
The so-called “tenant groups” out there are getting government funding and never want to rock the boat and risk that funding. Do they care about Tenant Rights, or do they just want to keep getting their big pay checks to “talk about Tenant Rights” and mislead us and make us WEAK!?
This is why this site will now become the go-to Tenants Rights site in Ontario and we are working hard to grow it all over Canada.
ONTARIO TENANTS DID YOU KNOW THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT HAS SOMETHING CALLED “RENTAL ENFORCEMENT UNIT?”
This is part of the Ministry of Housing, meaning the provincial government. It used to be called “THE INVESTIGATIONS AND ENFORCEMENT UNIT” but the name was suspiciously changed recently.
DID YOU KNOW?
– IF YOUR LANDLORD IS BREAKING THE RULES YOU CAN AVOID THE LONG AND TEDIOUS LANDLORD AND TENANT BOARD AND GET FAST ACTION
– MAKE YOUR LANDLORD CHANGE THEIR BEHAVIOR Immediately OR GET YOUR LANDLORD FINED (OR EVEN CRIMINALLY CHARGED!)
– THE RENTAL ENFORCEMENT UNIT WILL EVEN CALL YOU LANDLORD AND WARN THEM OR FACE THE CONSEQUENCES!
If you are a tenant of a rental property in Ontario, the Rental Housing Enforcement Unit can help you by:
-listening to your complaint
-explaining your rights and responsibilities under the Act
-working with you and your landlord or tenant to resolve issues
-carrying out formal investigations when issues cannot be resolved fining or criminally charging your landlord
So what are some of the offences landlords do that will lead to huge fines and even criminal charges?
-disconnecting or interfering with a vital service that the landlord is required to supply to tenants (e.g. heat, electricity, fuel, gas or water)
-failing to provide rent receipts to tenants who request them
-illegally evicting a tenant without following the eviction process
-failing to make a tenant’s belongings available within 72 hours of eviction
-collecting unlawful security deposits
-altering the locking system for a rental unit or residential complex without giving the tenant replacement keys
-providing false or misleading information in documents filed with the Landlord and Tenant Board
-Not providing proper notice to come into your home
-Taking pictures in your home when you do not agree
-Having real estate agents keep bothering you with no proper notice and harassment
-Tons of other offenses under the Residential Tenancies Act (basically anything your landlord does that you fee is unfair…..report them!)
HOW DO I GET THE RENTAL ENFORCEMENT UNIT TO CALL MY LANDLORD AND WARN THEM, FINE THEM OR CRIMINALLY CHARGE THEM?
Landlords and tenants in Ontario may report any offence under the Act by contacting our call centre.
Toll-free telephone: 1-888-772-9277
Call centre hours:
Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Check it out at: http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/page142.aspx
DO IT! PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY!
Already the Ontario website seems be trying to mislead Tenants on rights. But the reality is you can report your landlord and not only teach them a “life lesson” being fined or being jailed, but you are helping get rid of these bad landlords who hate tenants.
If you have any problems with your landlord and want fast action, call the ONTARIO GOVERNMENT RENTAL ENFORCEMENT UNIT, FREE OF CHARGE, AND START THE INVESTIGATION INTO YOUR LANDLORDS ACTIONS.
Together we are stronger.
And tenants are united on telling the truth to help Tenants on this forum (and not a government funded tenant site that is bought and paid for with big pay checks and won’t tell Tenants the real truth about how we can protect ourselves!)
Abused tenants can get justice.
And Bad Landlords will pay the price!
DO NOT BE AFRAID!
Your complaint is confidential and you have nothing to fear!
As more tenants use this helpful service there will be more and more huge fines and especially MANY MORE criminal charges against landlords. This will improve the rental industry, especially as more slumlords and landlords who abuse their power will be in jail!
Report Your Landlord For Any Dispute You Have! It’s A Free Ontario Government Service! You Have Nothing To Lose, and It’s Confidential!
Toll-free telephone: 1-888-772-9277