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Join The Huge and Powerful Tenant Rally At The Ministry of Housing March 12th! – Tenants Dare Speak Truth To Power!

Sunday, March 8th, 2020

March 12 is the Date For Change!

I am not a member of this group but I sure do admire them. These are hard working class people who are willing to sacrifice their time and money to fight for social justice.  Because I admire them so much I want to make sure all Tenants come and fight against rules that harm good working Tenants and support parasitic landlords who prey on us.

Join ACORN members and allies from across Ontario to demand real solutions to the housing crisis.

Rents are rising out of control – we need rent control on ALL buildings and protections on the rent between tenancies, so landlords can’t evict tenants then jack up the rent.

WHEN: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 1 PM – 3 PM

WHERE: Ministry of Housing (777 Bay Street) in Toronto

ACORN members from Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa, and Peel will be coming together to demand action. RSVP by contacting your local ACORN office.

East York “Represents” and Ready For War

We Are Preparing All Over Ontario!

Etobicoke Ready To Fight For Tenant Rights

What Are The Demands?

-No more rent increases for existing tenants. Ever!

-No rent increase between tenants moving. End the tenant holocaust of huge rent increases when tenants move out!

-Landlords must be licensed!

-We need criminal and credit checks on landlords to be mandatory!

-Landlords must have at least an accredited bachelor degree. We need a minimum educational background (Bachelors Degree) to become a landlord!

-Landlords must pass a criminal record check.  Are you a crook, no landlord license for you jail bird!

-Landlords must provide a credit and criminal check and proof of ownership to all tenant applicants who request it.

-Working with the Human Rights Commission all ‘refused applications” will require a Hearing if the declined Tenant applicant demands it.

-All landlords must put $5000.00 into a government fund so any tenant judgments will be paid from this fund immediately upon a judgement!

Tenants Are No Longer Weak And Disorganized

We Are ready to fight for our Human Rights

We Were Weak But Now We Are Strong!

Fix Toronto Community Housing NOW!

No help for my Autistic Kid, No Help With Housing, I will Fight!

We Need A New Ministry of Tenant Security NOW!

This needs to be a new branch of government.  It will be called the Ministry of Tenant Security.

This new branch of the provincial government will oversee all issues brought forth by Tenants.

Landlords cheating Tenants and Tenant Vs. Landlord Tribunals

This will include Tenant only tribunals to sue landlords for things such as poor maintenance, illegal entrance, rude and insulting behavior, proud behavior, looking down on Tenants.

It will also create a new police force that will help Tenants protect our rights and jail bad landlords who break the rule such as entering our homes without proper notice (one year in jail for a first time offense).

Join The Tenant Rally For Winning!

The usual landlord groups do nothing but kiss the asses of the landlords. Acorn and their allies like us are holding people accountable and we will do it!

The System Is Broken – Time for RADICAL ACTION TO MAKE POSITIVE CHANGES TO HELP TENANTS SURVIVE!

COME MARCH 12TH  TO THE MINISTRY AND DEMAND JUSTICE!

 

How Ontario Tenants Can Break Your Lease in 2020

Saturday, February 1st, 2020

Get Tenant Tips And Tricks From Experienced Tenants On How “Things Really Work” And How You Can Protect Yourself in 2020!

How Ontario Tenants Can Easily & Legally Break Your Lease In 2020!

Because of the hard work of Tenants we finally have some new changes that are fair and promote justice for Tenants.

All the law-abiding landlords out there will support this post because it’s just explaining the rules and laws to help tenants, just as landlords help each other.

Landlords Can’t Lock Tenants In To Fixed Term Leases

In April 2017 we saw the provincial government finally listen to our concerns and they created the Rental Fairness Act which makes changes to the Residential Tenancies Act.

Now landlords can’t collect arrears for rent due once Tenants receive a “Termination Notice”.

You can see in the Residential Tenancies Act, Section 37, that states that once the landlord gives the Tenant a notice of termination, the tenancy ends of that date of termination the landlord put in the notice.

With the Rental Fairness Act we finally get some real clear facts on once the Tenant gets the termination date, you break your lease:

134(1.1) No landlord shall, directly or indirectly, with respect to any rental unit, collect or require or attempt to collect or require from a former tenant of the rental unit any amount of money purporting to be rent in respect of,

(a) any period after the tenancy has terminated and the tenant has vacated the rental unit; or

(b) any period after the tenant’s interest in the tenancy has terminated and the tenant has vacated the rental unit. 2017, c. 13, s. 24 (2).

What Does This Mean For Tenants? It Means You Can Get Out of Fixed Term Leases

The best thing that all Ontario Tenants should know is this gives you an easy way to break your fixed term lease.

And landlords cannot go after you in small claims court or the Landlord and Tenant Board for breaking the lease, because it’s landlords who told YOU TO MOVE.

For example you might want to move because the landlord is a jerk, or the neighbours are noisy or smoking, or maybe you found a nicer or cheaper place.  You are no longer “locked in” like a slave.

How Can Tenants Break a Fixed Term Lease Under the New Rules?

Remember, if the landlord gives you a notice with a “termination date” of “do this or the tenancy ends” you can just….don’t do what they say…and break the lease! 

“Pay By This Date Or Move Out”…Ok, just move out and it’s terminated!

What’s the Best Way For Tenants To Break A Fixed Term Lease?

There are lots of ways now! Sure it’s a little bit sneaky but Tenants have to do what have to do to survive in this unfair situation.

(1) Don’t Pay Rent and Get the N4

Probably the best way to break the lease is just don’t pay rent. The landlord will give you an N4 ‘Pay Up or Be Evicted Notice’ with a termination date. The termination date will usually be 15 days after they give the notice. Since they are the ones who want to terminate the lease you just don’t pay and agree with them…and there is nothing the landlord can do! Again, here’s how it works.

Step 1 – Rent is Due

Step 2 – You Don’t Pay Rent

Step 3 – The landlord wants your money so will give you N4 Notice to End The Tenancy For Non-Payment of Rent

Step 4 – The N4 says: “Pay this amount by…. (This is called the termination date) or Move Out By the Termination Date

Step 5 – Just move out at the termination date and the lease is broken and you are home free!!

(2) Make Some Disturbances and Get the N5

Make lots of noise and the landlord will probably give you an N5 Notice to End Your Tenancy For Interfering With Others, Damage or Overcrowding. It will have a termination date and then you get out of it. I am giving you this notice because I want to end your tenancy. I want you to move out of your rental unit by the following termination date _____

Step 1:  Make Noise, Damages or Overcrowd the rental

Step 2: The Landlord Will Give You an N5

Step 3. The N5 Will Have A Termination Date

Step 4 On or Before the Termination Date……….just move out by the termination date and you are home free!!

Try not to bother other Tenants so much, but noise, smoking or these types of things will lead to an N5 and then you can leave free and in peace for a better, cheaper apartment.

Try to talk with other tenants so if you are making noise or going to smoke or flood the place, they can complain quickly to the landlord get get the N5 process going fast without really creating any trouble for your fellow Tenants.

Being Able To Break Fixed Term Leases Easily Is the First Step in Creating a Better Rental Industry – Especially When It’s The Landlord Telling You To “Obey or Get Out”…So Get Out!

Things are still really unfair. But I want to make sure Tenants are at least aware how the new rules make it okay to break fixed term leases. I’ll write more later on and hope other Tenants and fair-minded landlords can make positive contributions here.

It’s Time For Real Fairness For Ontario Tenants

Let’s work together and finally create a fair playing field for Ontario Tenants. I know many of you will be amazed at my first contribution and there will be many more to come because it’s time for FAIRNESS.

KNOCK OUT YOUR LANDLORD LIKE MUHAMMED ALI IN 2020! You Need To Challenge Your Landlord To Make Them Respect You And Not Rip You Off!

Wednesday, January 1st, 2020

Make Sure You Clearly Show Your Landlord You Are A FIGHTER FOR YOUR TENANT RIGHTS! You Need To Teach Them You Will Fight Back!

The greatest heavyweight boxer of all time was a Black man named Muhammed Ali.  He was not the biggest fighter out there. In fact, he was normal sized and usually the “underdog”.  But he became the champion!

How?

Because he knew bigger boxers underestimated him and though he was not aggressive and weak and small. He made sure they knew he was not weak and would fight aggressively and this led the other boxers to respect him.

This is the same attitude these rich landlords have against us hard working tenants. They think we are weak.  It’s why we all need to fight aggressively and teach them to respect us…and if the don’t they will get knocked out!

Use The Muhammed Ali Strategy To Get Your Landlord To Respect You And Your Rights

Most landlords think they are clever and tenants are stupid and weak and not capable of fighting back.

Why do landlords think they are so clever?

Many bought their rental properties thanks to  mortgage fraud with fake incomes. The mortgage business is very shady and how did some lowly person end up with several rental properties? Hmmm.

And then they avoided all the laws to create a likely illegal rental as cheaply as possible. A rental that is a fire trap that could lead to the deaths of you and your family.

Keep your landlord on the defensive, ALI STYLE!

Tenants Need To Show You Won’t Be Pushed Around Or Cheated On Day 1!

Mohamed Ali knew other fighters thought he was small and old.  He knew the key to his winning (and dominating) was to show the bigger, younger fighter he knew what he was doing and he was fierce and wouldn’t back down!

Ali knew that if he he looked ‘weak’ or ‘intimidated’ it would lead to even more attacks from his opponents.

So he made sure from the first second of the fight to teach his opponent/landlord a lesson

…He showed them he was going to fight harder than they were and he was going to KNOCK THEM OUT!

From The Beginning Of The Fight, Ali Would Show He Would Not Be Intimidated

Ali would come out and jab, jab, jab, punch, punch, punch.  This led the other boxer to respect him.

Tenants need to do the same thing.

Make Your Landlord Know You Fight Back HARD!

Tenants Using Ali Tactics To Fight Back And Protect Your Family

So how can use be like Ali and win?

Here’s how.

If You Are Rejected From Renting a Property You Want To Make Your Home

It’s clear that many landlords refuse tenant applicants by breaking the Ontario Human Rights Commission Laws.

The refuse you because you are on government assistance.  They refuse you because your income isn’t high enough. They refuse you because of your race or citizenship.  They refuse you because of your family.

This is all illegal…and it’s all super common!

Landlords are breaking the law by illegally denying you the home you deserve!

Always demand an exact reason why you were refused.  Record all conversations.

File a Human Rights Complaint against the landlord who refused you. Teach them a lesson they will never forget and make sure their law-breaking will end!

When You Move In

When you move in many landlords think “HAHAHAHA I GOT YOU! PAY ME!”

They have no idea that Tenants have rights and view you as simply their “cash cow” so they can buy expensive cars, take vacations, use your rent money to pay for their kids elite private school tuition!

Just Like Ali, Show Your Power, Knowledge and Willingness to Fight On Day 1

You have to show to your landlord that you are not an idiot that they can rip off.  Most landlords don’t care about the Residential Tenancies Act and don’t care about the Landlord and Tenant Board.

Even if they are aware of it, they think YOU WON’T DARE CHALLENGE YOUR LORD

Make Sure You Challenge Your Landlord And Protect Yourself!

If you don’t do this, your landlord will NOT RESPECT YOU AND WALK ALL OVER YOU!

I know tenants are want to focus our time on our jobs, our studies and our families, but the landlords in Ontario are often PREDATORS and you have to take these steps to protect yourself, especially newcomers to Canada, people on government assistance, single mothers and students.

How To Do Take Action After Moving In? (No Need To Tell Your Landlord At All!)

-First, inspect the property yourself.  If you see any potential issues call your local by-law officer or Toronto 311 and get someone to come and inspect it.

Even if you don’t see any maintenance issues, call your local by-law officer or Toronto 311 (since you are not an expert and you want to make sure your new home is safe).

-Second, call you local Fire Department and ask for them to inspect your rental to make sure it is safe for you and your family.

-Third, if there are any issues at all file against your landlord at the Landlord and Tenant Board.

-Fourth, if there are any issues call the ….against your landlord and they will investigate

-Fifth, if you have any issues or questions, call your landlord and if they don’t answer quickly file a at the Landlord and Tenant Board

What Can I Do If My Landlord Threatens or Harasses Me?

-You can call the police.

-You can call the Investigation Unit

-You an file at the Landlord and Tenant Board

-Call your local By-law office or 311

-Go to your local Legal Aid Clinic or go to an LTB Hearing and talk to “Tenant Duty Counsel”

Even after you beat down your landlord you don’t need to move out! Your landlord will FEAR YOU, and you are the WINNER! Ali Style!

1. Keep calling them
2. Demand action
3. Don’t be polite

…Show them you are smart and will not accept any ‘bad landlord’ games!

Muhammed Ali Was Underestimated and Made Sure His Landlords/Opponents Learned Fast!

Tenants need to do the same in 2020.

Fight back.  Make complaints! Call By laws. Call the Fire Department. Take Your Landlord to the Landlord and Tenant Board.

You thought I was weak? I Will Take You To The LTB, Call By-laws, Call Police, Get Free Legal Help, Call Investigation Unit!

Landlords Fear Tenants Who Know Our Rights!

By being aggressive you educate your landlord that they better BE CAREFUL in dealing with you.

And why not? Since you are paying their mortgage and making them rich. They need us more than we need them.

Get energized and get fighting because you are right and joining a huge Tenant movement for fairness!!! Fight For Your Rights!!!

Make Sure Your Home Is Safe! You Can Call The Fire Department DIRECTLY And Get Protected

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

The landlords said my rental home was safe, now my babies & pets are dying!

Landlord Charged, Must Pay $3600 In Fines For Failing To Protect Tenants

The news from Barrie360.com about a landlord who did not protect his tenants which led to a fire and thousands of dollars in fines has shocked tenants across Ontario.

It also has millions of tenants scared and wondering what we can do to protect ourselves and our loved ones.

Many Landlords Simply Don’t Care About Your Safety

The Fire Department in Gravenhurst was called with reports of a fire in one of the rental apartments.

The Fire Department put out the electrical fire and discovered that there was a shocking “absence of adequate and up-to-date smoke and CO alarms” in the rental building.

Further investigation led to the landlord getting five charges of “Failure to Install Smoke Alarms” and another five charges of “Failure to Install Carbon Monoxide Alarms.”

Fire Prevention Officer Warns Landlords

A fire prevention officer stated:

“The notion of a landlord failing to adequately safeguard their tenants with basic measures such as alarms is simply intolerable in this day and age,”

All landlords must understand their responsibilities under the legislation, ‘I didn’t know’ doesn’t wash anymore,” he said.

The property owner faces fines of $3,600.

The Landlord Only Cared After Getting Caught, Charged and Fined

When it comes to safety the landlord in the above didn’t care about his tenants at all.  While there are good landlords out there, many simply only care your hard earned money going into their pockets.

What if someone had died due to the landlords lack of ethics and breaking the law?  This could have been a true tragedy.

Protect Your Family By Being Aggressive and Demanding

This case is proof you can’t rely on your landlords to fulfill their legal responsibilities. HELL NO!

You need to be proactive…and aggressive and demanding.

IF YOU AREN’T PROACTIVE, AGGRESSIVE AND DEMANDING YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES MIGHT DIE!

The landlords said the smoke detectors were working! I just needed to call the Fire Dept. directly at no charge and they would have prevented this…

How Can You Protect Yourself?

Many tenants have said sharing the concerns lead to nothing.  So while there are great landlords out there who will make sure are safe it seems like they are small minority (and if you find them, stick with them!)

The best way is to call the Fire Department directly and tell them you are a tenant and want to make sure your rental HOME is safe.

 

Landlords Are Legally Responsible For Keeping Your Home Safe! Call Us To Inspect!

Call Your Local Fire Department Directly Without Telling Your Landlord

Most Fire Departments will be more than happy to help!

They will send a highly trained fire prevention specialist to go over all over your concerns.

They will also make note of your call and you can ask them to do regular inspections.

Your Landlord Might Be Charged And Fined, But They Must Make Your Home Safe

Make the call to your local fire department to protect yourself.  The landlord cannot “punish you for this” at all (although many will threaten this).

NO WAY!

In Canada you have the right to a safe rental home and your landlord must pay for it!

Where are Mommy and Daddy????

Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones…Be Aggressive and Don’t Let Some Landlord Ruin Your Life And Murder Your Children

Take Action!

TENANTS HAVE RIGHTS, BUT YOU MUST ACT TO MAKE SURE YOUR RIGHTS ARE ENFORCED

Every tenant in Ontario should call your local fire department and request a fire inspector come and make sure your home is safe.

It doesn’t cost you a cent.

Make The Call!

Protect your family and pets and loved ones by making the call.

Google Your Local Fire Department Today, Tell Them You Are A Concerned Tenant And Ask Them For An Inspection ASAP!

Illegal Questions On Applications? File a Human Rights Complaint

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

Are You On Welfare Or Disability?? Do You Have Kids? Do You Have A Disability? Are You A Canadian Citizen? Are You An Alcoholic Or Do Drugs? What Is Your Religion?

All Illegal Under the Ontario Human Rights Code & You Can File A Complaint

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Lots Of Reasons Any Tenant Getting This Application Should File A Human Rights Complaint (And Win A Large Judgement)

Many tenants are unaware of our rights when it comes to finding an apartment.

And why shouldn’t we be? After all finding a new place to call home can be one of the most stressful things anyone can ever do.

Low Vacancy Rates Give Landlords All the Power

Because of the rise of AirBnb lots of rentals are off the market for long term great tenants who want to find a place to put down roots, grow our careers, and raise our families.

With the pro-landlord governments not enforcing the laws against these type of short term rentals, things have never been worse for tenants.

Landlords Are Getting Away With Illegal Human Rights Abuses All Over Ontario!

A recent story by CBC news shined a light on what landlords in Waterloo are getting away with.

You could say they are getting away with murder because not being able to find a home leads to suicides and many physical and mental problems for people just trying to survive.

What Questions Are Illegal?

Here are some of the questions that need to lead to a Human Rights Complaint (and a punishment of the illegal landlord)

-Are You On Welfare or Disability?

-Do You Have Kids?

-Do You Have A Disability?

-Are You A Canadian Citizen?

-Are You An Alcoholic?

-Do You Do Drugs?

-What Is Your Religion?

And even more!  See what the these bad landlords can and cannot do HERE.

What Can I Do If I Face These Illegal Landlord Questions?

You can file a Human Rights Complaint and based on my research as long as you file you will win.

You see, if they agree to take your case it means you will win and beat the landlord.  And the landlord will be required to pay you money (and worse).

Contacts To Help You Get The Justice You Deserve In a Law-Abiding Nation Like Canada

If you need human rights legal advice or help filing an application with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, contact the Ontario Human Rights Legal Support Centre at: 416-597-4900 or 1-866-625-5179 and speak with a Human Rights Advisor.

To file an application directly with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, visit their website and follow the instructions for How to file an application.

In This Era of Low Vacancy Rates And Gov’t Cuts Tenants Must Take Action!

Canada is a country known for following the rule of law. Yet many people (especially newcomers to Canada) are unaware that many landlords (and employers) want to trick and intimidate people into accepting a lawless “Mad Max” type of state.

1. Landlords Refusing Tenants On Welfare Is Common…and Illegal!

I hear this all the time. They base your application on source of income, which is ILLEGAL. File a complaint if you are on Ontario Works or ODSP.

File a Human Rights complaint.

2. Landlords Refusing Tenants Due To Lack of Citizenship Is Common…and Illegal!

Oh you are new here so you are not a real human being?

File a Human Rights complaint.

In Canada You Have Rights! But You Need To Fight For Them!

It’s up to you to make sure you use the fair system to demand your rights and punish these local Canadians who want to scare you, trick you, intimidate you, and abuse you and your family.

Make Sure Canadian Laws Are Followed By Law-Breakers: File A Human Rights Complaint!

You have rights but only if you take action.

Many newcomers to Canada are not aware that the laws are not “automatically” happening…you need to speak up and be aggressive to Defend Your Rights.

Speak up, be aggressive and make sure your legal rights are protected and you get the money you deserve from illegal criminal landlords.

Insider Info: I spoke with a lawyer who is often at the Human Rights Commission Tribunal  (OHRC)

She explained if your complaint is accepted (and you can demand it be accepted by NOT BACKING DOWN) tenants will often not only win, but win a large monetary judgement against the landlord who has to try to defend themselves.

While the Landlord and Tenant Board is understaffed and often can’t attract the best people due to low salaries and bureaucracy, the OHRC is run by educated professionals who know how important their job is.

Fellow Tenants You Have Nothing To Fear And Nothing To Lose AND EVERYTHING TO GAIN FIGHTING FOR YOUR RIGHTS!

FILE, FILE, FILE

Take a look at some cases where Tenants upheld their rights, took the landlord to the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal and won HERE.