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‘It’s one less house for people in need’: Collingwood landlord selling after being left with unpaid bills

Thursday, October 14th, 2021

Simcoe.com News: “The Ontario Landlords Association has lobbied the provincial government extremely hard during the pandemic to protect small mom-and-pop landlords,” he said.

“The good news is the (province) and the Landlord and Tenant Board are well aware of the issue due to our daily lobbying of MPPs and other officials.”

It’s a reality we are hearing across Ontario. Good small landlords who play by the rules and rent out high quality rental properties keep getting ripped off.

This leads to these high quality landlords to say “enough is enough” which leads to less quality housing around province.”

Landlord Al Truscott Is No Longer Going To Be A Housing Provider In Ontario

After 50 years of renting out properties, the retired Collingwood Collegiate teacher is selling out after a tenant left him shouldering a $1,900 water bill.

Truscott said he had no idea the bill was in arrears until he saw the envelope containing the invoice taped to the door of the unit.

The rules are just too unfair.
Tenants Kept Abusing The System And Not Paying Bills Or Rent

At one time, Truscott said, he had four properties he rented out. He started selling off his properties three years ago after a tenant skipped out on $3,000 in unpaid rent.

Along with a bill, he said, he also had to truck out three trailer loads of garbage, as well as furniture the former tenant had left in the front yard.

Truscott wonders why the Town of Collingwood didn’t give him the head’s up that the arrears were piling up.

“Otherwise,” he told Simcoe.com, “I would have dealt with it.” But no one did!

Collingwood’s treasurer Monica Quinlan said the municipality is bound by privacy legislation, and can’t notify a landlord until a disconnection notice has been served.

Too Many Small Landlords Are Getting Ripped Off And Moving On

A long-time member of the Ontario Landlords Association, said his organization has made the province and the Landlord and Tenant Board aware of the challenges many small landlords face when tenants leave behind debts or property damage.

“The Ontario Landlords Association has lobbied the provincial government extremely hard during the pandemic to protect small mom-and-pop landlords,” he said. “The good news is the (province) and the Landlord and Tenant Board are well aware of the issue due to our daily lobbying of MPPs and other officials.”

While a tenant has up to a year after vacating a property to file a grievance at the Landlord and Tenant Board, he said, a landlord has to try to track down a former tenant and go to small claims court to recover any losses.

Hopefully, changes coming to the Residential Tenancies Act will allow a landlord to avoid the small claims court process, and file against tenants who owe debts, such as a water bill, at the Landlord and Tenant Board.

“Our goal is to help both good landlords and good tenants succeed in a fair system.”

Quinlan said the town is working with Epcor to include an application for an agreement between the landlord and tenant that states the town would be entitled to communicate with the landlord on arrears.

“We have put forward many new processes to ensure that landlords are fully aware of their responsibilities with respect to water, including monthly letters that are issued to educate potential landlords as well as updates to the website and information in our tax bill insert,” she said.

A landlord can also keep the water portion of the utility bill in his or her name, as the water part of the bill follows the property (the electricity portion follows the customer).

“Water is a self-sustaining system, meaning it is not a ‘for-profit’ business — so if arrears do not get paid essentially it impacts all users,” she said.

Truscott is hoping to sit down with municipal staff to discuss the situation.

Toronto Star – Join A Group Such As The Ontario Landlords Association To Avoid Bad Tenants

Wednesday, June 9th, 2021

Toronto Star Ontario Landlords Use Credit Checks To Avoid Bad Tenants

Toronto Star – “Join a group such as the Ontario Landlords Association  where after becoming a member, you can do a credit check for as low as $10, and use their supporting materials to assist you.”

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Thursday, April 8th, 2021

April 8, 2021

TO:                 Ontario Landlord Association Stakeholders

FROM:           Karen Restoule, Associate Chair

RE:                 Expedited Enforcement of Eviction Orders

On April 8, 2021, the Government of Ontario issued Ontario Regulation 266/21 made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

This regulation states that the Court Enforcement Office (Sheriff) cannot enforce any Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) eviction order unless the order asks the Sheriff to expedite the enforcement.  The Sheriff can resume enforcing all eviction orders after the Government of Ontario removes the regulation.

The LTB is continuing 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.

The purpose of this memo is to provide information on when an eviction order issued by the LTB may include a request to the Sheriff to expedite enforcement.

Section 84 of the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 (“RTA”) says that the LTB must include such a request to the Sheriff in the order where the tenant is being evicted for certain types of very serious conduct, and the adjudicator has not delayed the enforcement date pursuant to section 83(1)(b) of the RTA. The grounds for eviction in section 84 are:

  • Willfully damaging the rental unit
  • Using the unit in a way which is inconsistent with residential use and caused, or is likely to cause, significant damage
  • Committing an illegal act in the unit involving the production or trafficking of illegal drugs
  • Seriously impairing someone’s safety
  • Substantially interfering with the landlord’s reasonable enjoyment – in cases where the landlord and tenant live in the same building and the building has three or fewer residential units

If a landlord believes that an eviction order should include a request to the Sheriff to expedite enforcement, but the application is not based on any of the grounds contained in section 84 of the RTA, the landlord may raise this issue during the hearing. The adjudicator may consider whether the tenant is responsible for an urgent problem such as a serious and ongoing health or safety issue at the residential complex or a serious illegal act that occurred at the residential complex. The tenant will have the opportunity to make submissions on this issue if they are at the hearing.

If the hearing for the landlord’s eviction application has already been completed but the order has not been issued, the landlord may contact the LTB to ask the adjudicator who held the hearing to consider adding to the order a request to the Sheriff to expedite enforcement of eviction. Landlords can submit a request to expedite enforcement of the eviction by fax, mail or email. The tenant will have an opportunity to make submissions on this issue.

Eviction orders that have already been issued can only be changed if the order contains a serious error or a clerical mistake. If a landlord believes that an order contains a serious error, the landlord may file a request to review the order. If the landlord believes that the order contains a clerical mistake, the landlord may file a request to amend the order. More information on this process is available on the Application and Hearing Process page of our website.

We remain committed to updating you about operational planning and we are appreciative of your patience and cooperation as we continue to adjust our operations in response to the ongoing pandemic.

If you have any questions, please contact us at LTB@ontario.ca.

Sincerely,

[Original signed by]              [Original signed by]

Karen Restoule                    Lynn Dicaire

Associate Chair                    Registrar

Call the Ontario Tenant Police Force To Get Your Landlord FINED Or ARRESTED in 2021

Thursday, April 1st, 2021

Landlords Obey The Law Or Suffer The Consequences! Tenants Have Rights!

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

Waterloo tenants saved.

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

Penalty Imposed:

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.

Background:

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.

Location: Toronto

Description of Offence: Three counts of failing to afford a tenant a right of first refusal

Date of Conviction: May 23, 2019

Penalty Imposed:

  • 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.

Background:

  • 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

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

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

Penalty Imposed:

  • 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.

Background:

  • 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.

Telephone: 416-585-7214
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

The Ontario Landlords Association is the Recognized Voice For Residential Landlords in Ontario

Sunday, March 28th, 2021

 

“The Ministry greatly values the role the Ontario Landlords Association and its members play in providing quality, affordable rental housing in Ontario and recognizes the OLA provides an important voice for small private residential landlords.”

Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing