The Ford Government Has Created An Evil Secret “Loophole” For Landlords To Steal Your Legal Rights And Get You And Your Family Evicted “Under The Table”!
“My Landlord Said We Could Just Work Out A Payment Plan Together and Avoid All The Paperwork Of Going To The Landlord And Tenant Board. It Sounds Fair And Easy. The Landlord Is Being Very Nice To Me Asking Me To Sign It…Should I?”
Don’t Do It!
The evil corporate landlord written Bill 184 has passed. It was written by the corporate landlord lobby group and the government keeps trying to pathetically spin it and avoid the real changes that hurt tenants.
The Ontario Landlord and Tenant is now open to begin mass evictions!
The Minister of Housing wrote an article in the Toronto Sun admitting that due to Covid-19 there was a backlog of cases now that the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) waas going to re-open.
This “backlog” will mean it will take months and months for your landlord to get a Hearing date.
What Happens If You Refuse A Payment Plan And Demand A Hearing?
Your landlord might will have to wait until 2021 to get a Hearing date (and can’t evict you even if you don’t pay rent!) You win and your landlord loses!
All tenants are protected when you go to an official Hearing at the Landlord and Tenant Board! You are not protected if you don’t go.
Why Tenants Should Always Demand Your Right To Hearing At the LTB?
You get free legal help and professional government mediators (for payment plans) and adjudicators (judges). They make sure landlords do not bully, intimidate or use ‘dirty tactics.
Government Helping Bad Landlords “Trick Tenants” And Bypass The LTB Without Tenants Knowing!
Instead of working with tenants to help us the Ford government brought forth Bill 184 which is pro-landlord and a fascist attack on Tenants and tramples on our legal rights.
These new laws allow landlords to try to trick tenants to by-pass a real legal hearing at the Landlord and Tenant Board so you give up your legal rights!
Why Is This New Law Dangerous for Tenants?
The new law allows landlords to get you to sign a payment plan without the protection of the LTB!
The ‘spin’ by Ford is:
(1) The landlord has to file it with the LTB and it must be accepted …but they will all be accepted!
(2) Tenants can fight the payment plan…but your time is limited and we are renters not lawyers (like the ones the landlords hire!) The Ford gov’t is not clearly explaining the options tenant have, because they want low income tenants kicked out and homeless
And if you are late for even a little bit of money the landlord can evict you immediately! You have NO LEGAL RIGHTS AND WILL GET KICKED OUT.
What Happens If I Just Sign A Payment Plan With My Landlord Directly (Instead of going to an LTB Hearing?)
Again: you lose all your legal protections.
If you agree to create a “payment plan” directly your landlord gets all the power.
Like we wrote, if you need a change of the payment plan your landlord can skip the legal process and evict you without you being able to defend yourself if you don’t act quickly and be an expert at “legalese”!
Tenants Have a Legal Right To A Hearing At the LTB (“a real court date”), Free Legal Help, And A Professional Fair Mediator!
The government wants tenants to void our right to an LTB Hearing in order to help landlords get quick, easy evictions because they didn’t hire enough adjudicators and want to trick tenants.
The government hates the fact that tenants have the legal right to defend ourselves. This means they have to pay for more adjudicators and they don’t get the psychotic enjoyment of seeing families dumped into shelters during a global pandemic.
But they are so afraid of bad media and bad publicity they are trying to say “oh tenants can have a hearing date” but landlords can pressure you to sign a payment plan directly with them and then evict you without your chance to defend yourself.
Don’t Give Up Your Legal Rights!
(a) Avoid any attempts by your landlord to go to a mediated “payment plan” meeting with just you and the landlord. Just don’t do it. If your landlord wants a payment plan (and you want one) wait for your LTB hearing where you will get legal help and professional, unbiased government mediator to help you make a ‘good’ deal.
(b) Remember even if you want a payment plan, you can get it at your legal LTB Hearing (where you have a strong voice) and don’t need to do it directly with your landlord
(c) If your landlord wants to make a payment plan tell them want one too, but you want it down at the LTB! Put this in an email or in writing.
ALWAYS DEMAND TO GO TO THE LTB WHERE YOU ARE PROTECTED AND HAVE LEGAL RIGHTS IN CANADA!
Signing A Payment Plan Directly With Your Landlord And Not At The Landlord and Tenant Board Takes This Power Away From You!
These will take months for landlords to get, maybe up to a year or more. That is not your problem that is the governments problem for not having more adjudicators.
1. Every Tenant Has The Right To A Hearing At the Landlord and Tenant Board – Which Is Professional And Fair And Protects You
Unlike this USA style stabbing tenants in the face “payment plan” garbage, a real hearing at the Landlord and Tenant Board protects your Tenant Rights.
The Landlord and Tenant Board is very serious and professional. It’s a real court that will allow you to explain why you couldn’t pay and it’s highly unlikely you will be evicted as long as you have a good excuse.
2. Every Tenant Has the Right To Free Legal Help At Your Hearing
If you go to your Hearing at the LTB you can get free legal help from government paid for lawyers and paralegals. They can help you beat your landlord!
3. Every Tenant Has the Right To Negotiate In Front Of a Trained And Fair Government Mediator
Never negotiate directly with your landlord. Get the government involved! At your LTB Hearing you can attempt to negotiation a payment plan with your landlord…but you have a government “referee” to help guide you and make sure you know what you are signing and to make sure it’s fair!
Don’t Fall For Ford’s Tricks To Help His Donors (Big Landlords)
Ford and his cronies are slaves to the corporate landlords. They have changed the law just to cull and destroy tenants quickly (like hamburger).
Don’t fall for Ford’s tricks.
-SAY NO TO DIRECT PAYMENT PLANS WITH YOUR LANDLORD!
-SAY YES TO WORKING THINGS OUT AT THE LANDLORD AND TENANT BOARD WHERE BOTH LANDLORDS AND TENANTS HAVE A FAIR AND HONEST COURT WITH A JUDGE AND TENANTS GET A FREE LAWYER!
…Your hearing might be in 2021 and you don’t have to pay rent and your landlord can’t evict you.
..if you demand for a REAL LANDLORD AND TENANT HEARING AND DON’T GET TRICKED INTO SIGNING A SLEAZY “PAYMENT PLAN” DIRECTLY WITH YOUR LANDLORD SO THEY CAN EVICT YOU FAST AND TAKE AWAY YOUR RIGHTS.
Ontario Tenants Are Facing Evictions…But You Can Win As Knowledge IS Power!
Never, ever sign an agreement directly with your landlord. If they want to make a payment plan tell them you want an LTB hearing and you will negotiate at the LTB hearing with a professional government negotiator and tenants get free legal help!