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Ontario Landlords Campaign Against Discrimination

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

Let’s Make Sure Every Landlord In Ontario Follows The Human Rights Code And Doesn’t Discriminate

Many Ontario landlords were surprised to read a story in the Toronto Star about a tenant applicant who was being discriminated against.

This was an applicant most experienced and successful landlords would consider to potentially be an ideal tenant…someone we all want to rent from us.

She had a strong financial history (with good credit and a good job). She was established with good references.

However, she found herself being regularly refused by landlords because, she believes, strictly due to her race.

It was not only surprising but also shocking because our members are aware of the Human Rights Code and follow it.

Ontario Landlords Association Defends Small Landlords

A member of the Ontario Landlords Association was in the Toronto Star story defending all the good landlords out there. The member explained:  

“We educate our members on the laws and rules in Ontario.  We also educate landlords on what ‘really matters’ when screening (such as a credit and reference check, conversations with the tenants, etc.)”

“We teach you should never turn away a qualified tenant applicant because of their race, place of birth or beliefs.”

In our Ontario landlord forum one landlord commented on the Star story:

“You would have to be nuts to not rent to qualified applicants no matter where they are from or what they look like. These must be very inexperienced landlords and they won’t last.”

Another member said – “This makes us all look bad! I’m angry at these landlords! Learn the law!”

Ontario Landlords Association Members Follow The Rules

Our province-wide landlord community wants to fix the system to help good landlords, good tenants and increase the rental supply in Ontario.

This is the reason our province-wide community organization started over a decade ago…to improve the rental industry for both good landlords and good tenants.

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You Can Help Fix The Ontario Residential Tenancies Act & The Landlord And Tenant Board!

Friday, June 8th, 2018

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With a New Government That Will Make Ontario “Open for Business” We Urgently Need to Fix the Landlord and Tenant Board and Repair the Broken Ontario Residential Tenancies Act

The Ontario Landlords Association And Our Members Communicate With Key PC Leaders (Including the New Premier) And Will Be Making A Submission for URGENT Changes to Help Small Landlords!

For the more than the past decade Ontario landlords have been forced to follow the “bad-tenant friendly” rules of the Ontario Residential Tenancies Act and the Landlord and Tenant Board.

Why “bad-tenant friendly?”

Because the laws in Ontario not only do not protect landlords, they do not protect good tenants. It has been far too easy for bad tenants to manipulate the system and rip off hard working people who have invested in rental properties in Ontario. It’s also easy for these same bad tenants to cause problems with others renting in the unit and the current laws give the landlord few powers to do anything about it.

Many terrific landlords have been burned and has given up being landlords in Ontario. Many have decided stocks, bond, or investing in Florida or Arizona rental properties are much safer ways to invest wisely.

Many new landlords are shocked to find we cannot charge a damage deposit in Ontario. Or when they find tenants can live in your property for months and not pay rent. Or learn that it is super easy for tenants to break a lease with bad behaviour.

A New Government That Is “Business Friendly” and Listens to People Who Are On the “Front Lines”

On June 7th the voters of Ontario gave a massive majority to the PC party under the leadership of Doug Ford. Many of our senior OLA members know Premier Ford and people who will be in his cabinet as well as other MPPs…and we’ve known them for years. Our members helped many PC candidates get elected on June 7th by volunteering, putting up signs, working hard on social media, and getting out the vote. We played a role in many ridings that went “Blue”, especially in the 905.

Our landlord community members are aware of the challenges we face and some of them were even around in 2010 when the Ontario Landlords Association lobbied for Ontario Landlords to be able to charge a damage deposit!

(We worked hard on this but the Liberals and NDP voted us down saying landlords would abuse damage deposits.  The Liberals and NDP were so arrogant they would not even consider anything that might anger their tenant voters or sound “landlord-friendly”.)

We Have An Opportunity To Fix The System

The Ontario Landlords Association is a community of landlords across the province. We are the “people” who make up the industry.  We are all small landlords ourselves not ‘talking heads’ who have never had to deal with a late rent payment, tenant vs tenant drama or worse in their properties. We rely on filling our units and getting rent paid (on time) every month.

We are very confident the new Ontario government understands the concerns of small landlords and will make sure to work with us to “fix the system” to help small landlords, good tenants, and assist in motivating thousands of people to invest in rental properties in Ontario.

Bad Tenants Are Now Legally Allowed To Abuse The System

The current system in Ontario is simply broken. Not only broken, but it is “seriously broken” and biased against small landlords and we are often bullied, disrespected and subject to a circus at the Landlord and Tenant Board.

It’s become pretty common for tenants to leave behind damages. As this Ottawa landlord experienced, with no damage deposit and slow evictions some tenants can trash your investment leaving you with tens of thousands of dollars in losses.

Or you get professional tenants who know how to manipulate landlords and then end up staying without paying rent for months.

The Ontario Residential Tenancies Act Needs Changes…Lots of Changes!

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Many new landlords are not aware that the Ontario Residential Tenancies Act is the law that covers our industry.  Let’s work together to change the laws and make them fair for landlords.

With fair laws, more people will invest and become landlords and it’s a “win-win” situation for both good landlords and good tenants. Now the laws are simply unfair.

The Ontario Landlord And Tenant Board Must Be Totally Revamped Or Replaced

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Experienced landlords who have been to the LTB call it the “eviction delay machine.”  Tenants can easily work together with their free government provided legal representatives to delay evictions and play the system. 

Many people who have been to the Board say some adjudicators are biased and unfair and have some type of ideological hatred towards small landlords who provide safe, affordable housing for tenants. We even had one of our members get told “you should just let your tenant stay rent free for the next two months or we can bring up maintenance claims… after all no house is ‘perfect’ so be smart.”

Other landlords call the LTB a “Kangaroo Court”.

One of our members had a judge lecture him about the need to protect tenants, even if they don’t pay rent.  And then “off the record” said his rental properties must have appreciated a lot, how many do you own in the area?

The LTB needs to be revamped…or replaced!

Should we fire all the adjudicators, legal aid reps and replace the Landlord and Tenant Board with something better? What do you think?

We Need Your Help To Fix The Residential Tenancies Act and To Revamp, or Replace, the Landlord and Tenant Board

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We want your help in fixing the Ontario landlord/tenant system.  After 15 years of abuse, things need to change.

For 15 years the tenant activists have been in charge of things leading to unfair rules that has led to so many hard working investors losing thousands of dollars.  And these unfair rules do not only lead to financial disaster, but to stress, sleepless nights and even family problems.

Have Your Say – Submissions to the New Provincial Ford Government

We need your input and opinions. Let us know your ideas and experiences and it will get to the premier and his cabinet, we can assure you of that. 

Our new pro-business, pro-growth, pro-fairness government wants to make sure more people invest in rental properties in Ontario. This will lead to more choices for tenants, lower vacancy rates, and a win-win situation for good landlords and good tenants.

Please provide your ideas and experiences by emailing us at:

Landlordtenantsolutions@groupmail.com

Please make sure to comment on the following

(1) What Protections Would You Need To Invest in More Rental Properties in Ontario?

(2) Should Tax Payers Fund Free Legal Representation at the LTB For All Tenants (even wealthy tenants)?

(3) Would Be Able To Charge a Damage Deposit Help Your Rental Business?

(4) How Much Do You Need To Raise the Rent Each Year to Cover Your Expenses?

(5) When A Lease Ends Should Tenants Still Be Able To Automatically Stay as Monthly Tenants?

(6) Should the N4 Which Currently Give Tenants 14 days to Pay Go to 7 Days or 3 Days Or 24 Hours?

(7) Should We Have To Pay 1 Month Of Rent Just to Move In to Our Own Properties?

(8) Would An Eviction Notice of 24 Hours to Move for Serious Abuse/Damages Protect You and Your Rental?

(9) Should Tenants Have To Disclose Maintenance Issues And Pay Rent In Full Before Any Hearing?

(10) What Should The Laws Be For Marijuana and Rental Properties?

It’s time for Change and You Can Help Us Make It Happen!

Our Landlord Community Are the Hard Working Folks Who have Risked Money and Put in Our Time and Energy To Create Great Rental Properties in Ontario!

We Have Been Mistreated For Years With Anti-Landlord Policies Allow Bad Tenants To Walk All Over Us!  We Need You To Help Us Make Huge Changes To Improve the Ontario Rental Industry!

Landlord Advocacy- Mississauga Landlords No Longer Need To Get A License

Sunday, June 26th, 2016

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Mississauga Landlords No Longer Need To Get a License (You Still Need To Make Sure Your Rental Property is Registered, and Safe and Secure For Tenants)

When the City of Mississauga announced a plan to license landlords, it led to a lot of concerns from our Mississauga landlord members and a ton of posts in our Members Forum.

Many Mississauga landlords were confused about how the program would be run.

Others were concerned about what would happen to their current tenants in their unlicensed units.

Many more told us they were worried the extra costs involved would lead them to have to give up being a small residential landlord.

As we represent thousands of small residential landlords across Ontario our expert team was quick to act. We began looking into the issue carefully and contacting people in the City government to get answers.

We then helped inform landlords what the rules and laws are for Mississauga landlords to operate a rental property and publicized the issue and lobbied for landlord rights.

We would like to point out the people we spoke with at the City of Mississauga were extremely professional and helpful and were a great resource for us to get the city’s message out to landlords and residential rental property investors.

The Ontario Landlords Association Doesn’t Believe Licensing Landlords Is The Answer

We are a group made up of hard working small residential landlords. We appreciate and agree with the goals of governments and tenant activists to ‘protect tenants.’

After all, as small business people most of the people in the OLA have rented before (and some of us had to deal with unprofessional landlords!) and have friends and relatives who rent  now.

We understand the need the for safe, high quality and affordable housing.

Based on our experiences as small landlords, we feel that the costs involved with landlord licensing makes other options (such as landlord education and well-trained By-law officers) more effective ways to protect tenants while also recognizing the hard work and investment of all the good landlords out there.

Due to the high costs of getting a license we had many Mississauga landlords tell us they were selling and other planned to invest in other areas where there were no licensing schemes, such as investing in cities as Ottawa or Newmarket.

The Ontario Landlords Association has been a reasonable, yet firm and strong voice, for small landlords and against expensive landlord licensing schemes that will only raise rents on tenants and drive good people out of the rental providing industry.

Mississauga Landlords Are No Longer Required to Get a Landlord License

This has been huge news and the response from our Mississauga landlord members has been overwhelming!

To help clear up the issue and education landlords we interviewed Mickey Frost, the Director of Enforcement for Bylaws in the City of Mississauga. Mr. Frost has been incredibly helpful over the years and we thank him. Mr. Frost is a true professional.

1. What is the current situation regarding the Second Unit Licensing By-law?

The City has repealed the current licensing process and will now require that houses containing a second unit be registered. As part of the registration process, the City of Mississauga requires that houses containing a second unit comply with the Ontario Building Code, Ontario Fire Code and Zoning By-law.

Registration is free of charge. Homeowners will no longer need to purchase or renew a license. Existing second unit license holders will be automatically registered.

2. When did these changes happen?

The Second Unit Licensing By-law was repealed by Council on March 30, 2016. The Second Unit Registration By-law was enacted on June 8, 2016.

3. Can landlords who applied previously to get a license get a refund?

Although there is no legal requirement to provide a refund, it was identified that refunds would mitigate some of the inconvenience experienced by property owners who have taken the necessary steps to complete the licensing process within months of the Second Unit Licensing By-law being repealed.

Refunds for the cost of a second unit license were provided to license holders, as approved by City Council.

Property owners that have submitted an initial application or renewal application in 2016 will be provided with a full refund and property owners whose application was process between September 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015 will be provided with a partial refund representing 50% of the cost of a license.

Refunds have been dispersed to all eligible applicants that paid by debit, cash or cheque. All eligible applicants that paid by credit card have been contacted and advised to obtain their refund in person at our Compliance and Licensing Enforcement office.

4. Are there any plans for more changes to the Second Unit Licensing By-law in the near future?

The City has repealed the Second Unit Licensing By-law. A Registration By-law was passed by City Council on June 8, 2016, which requires that houses containing a second unit comply with the Ontario Building Code, Ontario Fire Code and Zoning By-law. There are no further changes proposed at this time.

5. Where can residential landlords get more information on developments on the Second Unit Licensing By-law?

Further information is available on the Second Units website at http://www.mississauga.ca/portal/residents/housingchoicessecondunits. For further information on the Second Unit Registration process, please contact the Citizen Contact Centre by dialing 3-1-1.

Mississauga Landlords Are No Longer Required To Get a Landlord License

This is great news for all the landlords who voiced their concerns to us. Make sure you register your second unit according to the new By-law.

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This is also an important lesson for good small landlords who want to help create a fair playing field for landlords and tenants. Make sure your voice is heard in a positive and constructive manner and change can happen.

City of Mississauga and Landlord Licensing

Friday, October 10th, 2014

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Mississauga Landlords – Do You Know Landlords Need To Get a City Licence in 2014? Read Our Interview With Mickey Frost, Director of Enforcement for the City of Mississauga

Mississauga landlords know they live in a dynamic and growing city.

With a growing population there is increased demand for high quality rental housing. This means many home-owners are renting out basement apartments to good tenants who are looking for safe and affordable housing.

Some Mississauga landlords are unaware of the need to get a license from the City if you are renting out your basement or other part of your home.

We wrote about this before in an article last year called “Mississauga Landlords Ask: What’s Going On With Landlord Licensing?

This has led to hundreds of emails and even more posts in the Ontario Landlords Private Members forum from landlords asking a multiple of questions about how the law applies to them.

It’s important that Mississauga landlords are aware of the requirements to rent out property and follow the rules carefully. This way tenants are assured of safe rental properties.

In an effort to help get the message you we interviewed Mickey Frost the Director of Enforcement for the City of Mississauga.

We thank Mr. Frost for his time and want to help get his important message out to Mississauga landlords:

Why does Mississauga require small landlords get a licence when big cities such as Toronto do not?

Mississauga City Council approved a plan to permit second units on July 3, 2013.

The plan includes official plan policies, zoning regulations and licensing requirements.

The official plan policies permit second units within detached, semi-detached and townhouse dwellings, where appropriate. 

Part of this plan included a requirement to licence second units. This was initiated to ensure that these units meet health and safety requirements, property standards requirements and are compliant with the Ontario Fire and Building Codes. 

The licensing system also provides a mechanism through which ongoing inspections can take place to ensure that the secondary units are maintained and meet the requirements of City of Mississauga By-laws.

As to why Toronto has chosen not to pursue a licensing regimen for second units, we would be unable to address that question.

What is the reason we need to get a licence in Mississauga?

The Second Unit Licensing By-law 2014-13, as amended, Section 2 (1) requires that:

No Person shall own or operate a Second Unit unless the Person is licensed under this By-law.”

If I don’t have a landlord licence and apply for one now will I be punished?

Mississauga City Council approved a plan to permit second units on July 3, 2013. The plan includes official plan policies, zoning regulations and licensing requirements.

The official plan policies permit second units within detached, semi-detached and townhouse dwellings, where appropriate. 

Part of this plan included a requirement to licence second units. This was initiated to ensure that these units meet health and safety requirements, property standards requirements and are compliant with the Ontario Fire and Building Codes.

Property owners who fail to obtain a second unit licence may be charged with an offence under the by-law and if found guilty are liable to a fine of not more than $25,000 for an individual or $50,000 for a corporation.

Can my basement be ‘grandfathered’ in? I did lots of improvements years ago to make my unit “safe”.

There is no “grandfathering” provision contained in the by-law.

If a second unit is present in a residential property, a license is required.

Question: Do I have to pay a licensing fee every year?

Yes. The required license is valid for one year and must be renewed every year.

If I have a tenant who doesn’t pay rent do I still have to pay for a licence even though I don’t get rent?

Yes.

Is there any way I can lose my landlord licence?

The Manager has the authority to refuse to issue or renew a licence. This is identified in Section 8 of the Second Unit Licensing By-law 2014-13 as amended.

What happens if a vindictive tenant calls the city of Mississauga by-laws and claims my licensed unit is unsafe? Will I lose my license?

No If a complaint is received, a Municipal Law Enforcement Officer will be assigned and will investigate to determine its validity and take any action that is necessary.

Do big rental buildings require a landlord licence?

No, “big rental buildings” are not eligible for second unit licences. Second units are only permitted in a detached house, a semi-detached house or a row house.

How can I get a Mississauga landlord licence fast? 

Please visit the City’s website for the process to obtain a licence.

http://www.mississauga.ca/portal/residents/housingchoicessecondunits

Mississauga Landlords Make Sure You Get a License For Your Rental Unit

Thank you Mr. Frost for helping us get the message out.

Make sure your rental property is legal and safe. Use a good tenant screening including tenant credit checks to make sure you find great tenants for your legal and safe rental apartment.

Ontario Landlords – How To Attract Good Tenants

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

 Ontario Landlord Marketing How To Make Your Rentals Attractive For Great Tenants

Great Tenants Want to Rent Attractive Properties. Here’s A Way To Get Tenants To Want to Rent Your Rental Property!

Ontario landlords know the importance of renting to good tenants.

This means landlords need to screen applicants carefully before handing over the keys to their rental unit.

Experienced Ontario landlords know careful tenant screening should also include an Ontario landlord credit check on all potential renters.

How Can I Find Good Tenants?

In order to rent to good tenants you need to be able to attract them to your property and they need to want to rent from you.

This means you need to have a well-maintained and high quality property.

How Can I Make My Rental Property More Attractive For Good Tenants?

A recent post at the Ontario Landlords Forum from a Toronto landlord asked how to improve curb appeal.

Here’s the post:

“I have a multiplex in Toronto that I put a lot of time and money into to make the inside very attractive. I’m in an area where this is a lot of competition for qualified tenants… The problem is the outside of the property isn’t appealing and it turns off a lot of good potential tenant from even wanting to view the inside of the rental. How can I improve the curb appeal of the property without spending a fortune?”

Improve Your Rental Property By Planting Trees and Shrubs

An Alberta landlord replied with the advice of planting trees and shrubs to improve curb appeal. This landlord said after adding some leafy shrubs and a few trees her rental property attracted a lot more applications from interested tenants.

A BC Landlord echoed the opinion and stated that the trees near his rental has attracted a lot of great tenants.

Fortunately, for landlords in Toronto and the GTA planting trees and shrubs is a terrific and affordable options thanks to a program called LEAF.

LEAF – Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests

LEAF is a non-profit organization that has been offering a subsidized tree planting program in York Region for the past 18 years.

LEAF offers a full-service planting program to help multi-units in Toronto and York Region plant trees and shrubs on the private property around buildings. This includes a consultation and site assessment with one of our expert arborists and full planting service.

Melissa Williams, Acting Program Manager for LEAF

The Ontario Landlords Association interviewed Melissa Williams for more information on the LEAF program.

We thank Melissa for her enthusiasm to help landlords know about the program and how it can help landlords create attractive rental properties.

1.            Could you tell us how your program can help residential landlords?

LEAF offers a full-service planting program to help multi-units in Toronto and York Region plant trees and shrubs on the private property around buildings at affordable rates. This includes a consultation and site assessment with one of our expert arborists and full planting service. LEAF is a non-profit organization that receives funding to offer this subsidized program for private property plantings. 

Trees and shrubs increase the aesthetic value of your property which in turn can increase property value by as much as 30%! Trees also reduce air and noise pollution, lower summer air temperatures and provide much-needed shade.

2.            Are all landlords in Toronto and York Region eligible for this?

All residential landlords in Toronto and York Region are eligible for the program.

3.           We have lots of members all over Ontario.  

                    Can Mississauga landlords and Ottawa landlords access the program?

At present time we only offer the program in Toronto and York Region. We would recommend that landlords in other cities check with their local municipality or conservation authority to see if similar programs are offered in their area.  

4.            What happens during the consultation/assessment of the property?

During the consultation, a LEAF arborist will assess the site conditions such as soil type, sun exposure and spacing restrictions, and speak with you about what your preferences are in terms of trees and shrubs for the property.

The arborist will then recommend suitable native species that will do well on your property, and determine planting locations with you as well. We would then come back and plant the trees and shrubs for you in either our spring (April-June) or fall (September-November) planting season.

5.            What are the costs involved for the landlord and what does this include?

The cost for the program ranges from $150-$220 per tree, depending on the species selected. This price includes a site consultation with an arborist, a 5-8 foot tall tree, and delivery and planting service.

The full value of this service is approximately $300-$400, and the difference is paid by our funding partners. Native shrubs can also be purchased for $25 each.

6.            How can landlords interested in this opportunity get started?

We recommend visiting our website at www.yourleaf.org/multi-units-and-businesses to learn more about how the program works and to fill out our application form. We can also be reached by email at info@yourleaf.org

Make Your Toronto or York Region Rental Property Look Good!

Toronto and GTA landlords can take advantage of this program to make your rental property more attractive to renters.

Whether you are landlord in Toronto or cities in the GTA make your rental property sparkle and attract good tenants.