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Thursday, January 7th, 2021

Tenants Speak Out & Share Their Concerns & Opinions on the Rental Industry

As part of our “Let’s Improve the Ontario Rental Industry” we have invited tenants to share their opinions on how we can make these improvements.

Most of us used to rent to and we have tried to become the landlords we always wanted to rent from but could never find.

These opinions are from individual contributors and are not the opinions of the Ontario Landlords Association.

We believe by fostering communication between landlords and tenants we can improve the Ontario rental industry in a win-win business relationship.

To contribute your experiences and advice please email us at:  tenantexperiences@groupmail.com (All contributions must be a minimum of 300 words and include your name, contact number, address, a copy of your lease, all which will all be kept private and destroyed upon confirmation.)

The post below has been recommended by the Tenant Community as extremely helpful and important information. 

By Working Together Tenants And Small Landlords Can Get A Better Understanding of the Issues And Improve The Ontario Rental Industry.

Let’s all face issues straight on and work to make the Ontario Rental Industry not only an example for Canada, but for the world!

 

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! 

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Sunday, September 13th, 2020

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Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board is OPEN!

Saturday, August 1st, 2020

After A Painfully Long Wait The Landlord & Tenant Board Is Open

Many small landlords have felt incredibly frustrated and rightfully angry as the Landlord and Tenant Board was closed for most cases such as non-payment of rent.

Most of us have full time or part time jobs that help us survive. Like others, we too suffered job losses, no school for our children, lock-downs and were worried about our loved ones being safe.

We also had our rental properties to deal with.

Small Ontario Landlords Finally Can Take Action Against Non-Paying Tenants

Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board Is Open

Here are the rules for the opening.

As of August 1st, 2020 the Landlord and Tenant Board Will:

(1) Begin to issue eviction orders that are already pending

(2) The LTB will begin to issue consent eviction orders that are based on tenants and landlords deciding to settle issues with an agreement.

(3) LTB will remain hearing ‘urgent’ matters that are related to health and safety issues that have already been scheduled.

(4) Begin to schedule hearings for non-urgent evictions.

(5) Start non-urgent hearings starting in the middle of August and into autumn.

As the LTB gradually re-opens it says it will make their services stronger:

(1) They will begin holding hearings by phone, video software and in writing

(2) The LTB is encouraging tenants and landlords to try to reach a settlement before applying for a hearing

(3) Using what are called “Case Management Hearings” for applications that don’t include rent owed

(4) Hiring and training more adjudicators

We will be watching what happens and encourage our members to share your feedback with us that we will share with the LTB and the Ministry.

Got Questions? Need Help?

With all the changes happening and after months of chaos we are here to help.

We have thousands of members and many very experienced and successful. This is why we exist…to help small landlords and get our message heard.

So instead of just complaining to each other about how unfair things are, or listening to people who aren’t successful, our members work to come up with winning landlord solutions.

And unlike people who don’t even own rental properties, we’ve got ‘skin in the game’ and find real world solutions because our incomes depend on it.

All for a one time registration fee that includes huge discounts on key services.

The Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board is Finally Re-Opening!

Make Sure You Know The Ropes And Run A Successful Rental Business By Running Credit Checks, Criminal Checks and Having A Network Of Successful Landlords On “Your Team”!