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Small Residential Landlords Need Support

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We Explained And Premier Ford Gets It  – 

“A lot of them aren’t big landlords. They’re just hard-working people that might have a couple units that are trying to survive.”

Ontario Landlords Association members have been relentless in getting our message across to those in power. Our businesses are at stake!

We are working hard together to support fellow landlords and our tenants in need during this crisis. Wow, we’ve been working non-stop!

Via phone calls, emails, zoom meetings and more, our members across Ontario have been in constant regular contact with MPPs (including Cabinet Ministers), the Ministry of Housing, and even Premier Ford himself.

Protecting Small Landlords, Our Rental Businesses, And Our Tenants

Thanks to our members the message is getting through as Premier Ford stated his support for small residential landlords saying:

“A lot of them aren’t big landlords. They’re just hard-working people that might have a couple units that are trying to survive.”

Our message has been heard.  Loud and Clear.

Ontario Is Reopening Under The Guidance of Premier Ford

Ontario premier Doug Ford said he will announce details for a gradual reopening Ontario next week. He reiterated that the plan to restart the economy will be a slow process that unfolds in phases.

With May 1 approaching, Ontario Premier Doug Ford said today the province is asking the federal government to help with a residential rent relief program.

“Today, I’ll ask the prime minister to work with us on a program for residential tenants,” he said.

His announcement comes on the heels of prime minister Justin Trudeau detailing a program for commercial rent relief that the federal government is implementing in partnership with the provinces. Ford said the commercial rent relief program will cost $900 million.

Ford added that he will “push the federal government” on rent relief.

We’re doing it with businesses, now we need to do it with tenants and landlords for residents,” he added. “A lot of them aren’t big landlords. They’re just hard-working people that might have a couple units that are trying to survive.

He said the federal government has been a “fabulous” partner “but we need more. We need more for residential rent.

The Minister of Housing supports our cause saying “When these families are forced to choose between food and rent, it also impacts Ontario landlords and the stability of our rental housing sector.”

Clark wrote a request to help small residential landlords to the Trudeau government this week.

Your Voice Is Being Heard, Now We Need To Step On The Gas Pedal!

Small landlords have invested their savings and bought rental properties across the province. This has created hundreds of thousands of affordable, high quality rentals all over Ontario.

We need to be protected as we have put our faith into creating high quality rental properties…just like the properties we always wanted to rent!

Help Us Make Change to Protect Small Residential Landlords!

Let us know your thoughts and opinions and it will be sent to Premier Doug Ford and those in the top positions of power.

Canada’s Landlord Associations: Finding Strength in Numbers

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

Forming a community with other landlords is paramount to success in the rental property business.

Jane Schweitzer, the Assistant Moderator for Ontario Landlords Association, points to one of the most crucial reasons for joining a landlord association: strength in numbers.

“Unfortunately, landlords are caught in the political crossfire in Ontario, and many of us are fighting for basic rights, as well as keeping our heads above water in a difficult legislative environment,” she says.  “By joining together we can further our cause.”

Ms. Schweitzer points out that Ontario landlords badly need to reform the Landlord and Tenant Board and OLA has been in contact with the Ontario Ombudsman to take up that cause. “All the support we can garner from members is crucial to making this happen,” she says. The OLA is also a regular contributor to news organizations around Ontario to make sure that the rights of landlords are not forgotten.

In Alberta, Directors of the Edmonton Apartment Association participated in committee to review and revamp the new Residential Tenancies Act, Ministerial Regulations and Code of Practice.  In addition, the EAA collaborated with the Canadian Federation of Apartment Associations on federal tax issues.

The voice of landlords in British Columbia, the British Columbia Apartment Owners and Managers Association, was instrumental in eliminating the Provincial portion of HST on energy costs for landlords, and has made strides to obtain economic incentives for landlords.  Government lobbying is BCAOMA’s most important benefit – lobbying for their members with one strong, well-respected voice. BCAOMA develops and maintains key relationships and monitors municipal and provincial government officials who are critical in ensuring the success of the rental housing industry.

Small landlords can find a loud voice by joining with others who share the same economic interests and concerns.

Property Management Advice

Landlords can turn to their associations to offer tips and a forum to discuss everyday issues.  For instance, the Ontario Landlords Association landlord forum has over 30,000 posts in a year.

Edmonton landlords can participate in a number of networking and social functions and swap stories with other landlords.  In addition, the EAA website tracks market trends and offers notifications of changes in the tenancy laws.

BCAOMA offers a number of networking opportunities, as well as its Best Practices for Landlords 101 and 102, seminars that cover tenancies from tenant screening through eviction and dispute resolution.  BCAOMA hosts industry related meetings and seminars on a regular basis with a focus on important topics to assist landlords in making important decisions to secure a good return on their investment. Topics have included maintaining your property, attracting and keeping good tenants and understanding the provincial and municipal laws around apartment ownership.  BCAOMA members also have exclusive use of over 30 types of professionally-drafted tenancy forms, including applications, agreements and condition inspection reports.

Access to Landlord Services

Landlord Associations list trades persons and suppliers who support the rental industry.  From tenant credit checks to eviction assistance, the suppliers listed with landlord associations have been found to be excellent companies and are approved by other landlords.

In many cases, these companies offer the best pricing and many offer special discounts to association member landlords.

BCAOMA vows to increase a landlord’s net income on rental properties if landlords take advantage of the discounts it has brokered with trades and suppliers.

There are a number of Canadian landlord associations that offer landlords valuable benefits, and you are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities offered, find your voice, and profit in your rental business.

JOIN THE ONTARIO LANDLORDS ASSOCIATION AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

http://ontariolandlordassociation.com/membership

The Toronto Star, The OLA, and The Bedbug Issue

Monday, September 20th, 2010


Bedbug bill would force inspections on landlords

Published On Thu Sep 16 2010
Rob Ferguson Queen’s Park Bureau

New Democrat MPP Cheri DiNovo is pushing for a law forcing landlords to be licensed and their premises inspected for bedbugs, saying Ontario is “doing nothing” to stop the growing scourge of pests.

“The landlord simply doesn’t get their license renewed if they don’t have a bug-free unit,” the MPP for Parkdale-High Park said Thursday in proposing a private member’s bill.

“It protects good landlords and calls bad landlords to account.”

Landlords would be charged a small fee for each inspection, making the initiative self-funding, DiNovo said.

Her effort follows another bedbug bill by Liberal MPP Mike Colle (Eglinton-Lawrence) in June that would require landlords to present prospective tenants with a “bedbug information report” before a lease is signed.

DiNovo’s idea got a cool reception from Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Rick Bartolucci in the Legislature, who said he prefers Colle’s plan.

“It is an initiative that we should pay very, very close attention to and I look forward to seeing that private member’s bill work its way through the system.”

Private members’ bills rarely become law.

A group representing landlords who own five units or less—often in the same building where they live themselves—accused DiNovo of “political opportunism” for trying to lump bedbugs in with the larger issue of landlord licensing.

“Let’s focus on the bedbugs first,” said Stuart Henderson of the Ontario Landlords’ Association, which encourages its members to inspect and thoroughly clean units when tenants leave.

Landlords are “heavily regulated” as is and are required to treat any infestations reported, said Mike Chopowick of the Federation of Rental Housing Providers of Ontario.

But DiNovo said some landlords fight clean-up orders. She insisted Colle’s bill only requires disclosure of bedbugs and “simply doesn’t cut it.”

Bedbugs, which can live for up to 18 months without eating, are tiny and resilient. They reside in the smallest of spaces such as electrical outlets and vents. Their eggs can even withstand vacuuming.

So getting rid of the pests requires careful steaming and thorough vacuuming of carpets and broadloom, sealing of cracks, and washing of clothes and linens.

Toronto’s Public Health department receives thousands of calls for help each year. The department inspects thousands of apartments and holds dozens of seminars to help tenants.