The Ontario Landlords Association Told CHCH Hamilton We Need Clarity In The Ontario Residential Tenancies Act To Protect Good Landlords And Good Tenants
It’s a property investor’s nightmare. A landlord rented out her short term rental on AirBNB. It was supposed to be a short 5 day stay. But when it was time to pay or move out the guests just ignored the landlord.
The guests claimed they were “tenants” covered under the Ontario Residential Tenancies Act and didn’t have to pay or move.
It’s clear these guests were aware it can take over 6 months just to get an LTB Hearing (so 6 months of not paying rent) and even up to a year to get a final evictions (so a year of not paying rent).
The AirBNB owner reached out to AirBNB corporate officers and they didn’t help.
She then contacted the media and the police then threatened her that she can’t change the locks or she could be criminal charged.
When the owner reached out to the media the police threatened her with a charge of potential criminal harassment!
Weeks later the people occupying the unit still refused to move out claiming they were “tenants” and covered by the Residential Tenancies Act.!
So what’s the deal on guests in short term AirBNBs claiming they are tenants and under the protection of the Ontario Residential Tenancies Act as long term tenants?
The Ontario Landlords Association has repeatedly requested the Ontario Ministry of Housing makes the rules far less foggy and instead make them crystal clear to help both good landlords and good tenants.
Successful small landlords follow the law. We want to rent out great properties to great tenants in a mutually respectful, win-win, law-abiding, business relationship.