Posts Tagged ‘tenant rights’

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.

Contact Your Local Legal Aid Clinic For Help Against Your Bad Landlord

Saturday, September 21st, 2019

Thanks To Justin Trudeau You Can Get Free Legal Help To Fight Your Bad Landlord!

You Can Use This Free Service To Intimidate & Even BANKRUPT Bad Landlords!

You NEED To Get Free Legal Help! (Yes, Free!)

Often tenants think we are alone and feel helpless.  After all, many of us work long hours or rely on diminishing government assistance to keep food on the table.

Life for us hard-working honest tenants is a constant struggle just to survive!

Many tenants also have young kids and anyone who has brought up children knows how stressful this is. Unlike the rich landlords, we can’t use the rent money to hire nannies, cooks, cleaners and buy the most expensive toys.

So when you have a bully landlord causing you trouble many tenants feel like we are in a “black hole”.

We get depressed, we feel ill and it’s all about a sense of powerlessness.

While your Ferrari owning or $100,000 SUV driving landlord can use our rent to hire lawyers, we feel we are on our own. And life is tough enough without dealing with some rich bully landlord.

While landlords are enjoying our rent money, many tenants are struggling to survive.

Cheer Up and Be Energized! There Is Help Out There For You!

The pro-landlord right wing conservative media such as the CBC and Toronto Star will never write about ways tenants can get help and justice.

Why?

Because they rely on the revenue of advertisements to the “landlord class” to make money.

This is why you see so many ads for expensive vacations to Europe or the Caribbean, ads for expensive cars, and ads for expensive law firms…all directed to the rich “landlord class”.

These landlords are the people who really run our country.  And their source of money is the working class like us paying them rent!

But There Is Help…(and it’s free!)

Fortunately there is help out there. Only most tenants don’t even know about it!

We are too over-worked, too stressed, too tired, and too indoctrinated to even believe such help exists.

But Help Does Exist Thanks to Legal Aid Clinics Across Ontario!

The evil Ford government cut funding to legal aid centers.  These are centers that provide free legal help to people who need protection.

For example, new refugees, women who have been victims of domestic abuse, and most important is tenants.

Ford is controlled by the landlords. So he wanted to shut down the ways poor tenants trying to survive can fight back. The landlords like the OLA pushed Ford to do this!

Justin Trudeau Came To Our Rescue!

The devious Ford gov’t cut legal aid as the Corporate landlords and Ontario Landlords Association told them to do!

This would have stopped refugees and tenants from being able to get help. The was the plan by the OLA and the huge globalist corporate landlords. Without legal aid, tenants could easily be bullied and intimidated.

Thanks to Justin Trudeau our amazing Prime Minister (great hair!) the federal government gave full funding to the legal aid clinics in Ontario!

Contact Your Local Legal Aid Clinic For Free Legal Help

They have amazing trained professionals lawyers and paralegals who will help you. They are very experienced and on your side!

Find your local legal clinic here.

Tenant Duty Counsel Program

This is free legal help specifically for landlord/Tenant matters.

The government provides free legal help to ALL tenants (rich or poor) at the Landlord and Tenant Board Tribunals.

Even if you make $1,000,000/year and drive a Ferrari you get free legal help…but you need to come to your Landlord and Tenant Board Hearing early and get the free help you are entitled to.

This is great because it means the program is non-discriminatory and not based on income. It’s really fair.

Tenant Duty Counsel

The Tenant Duty Counsel Program (TDCP) is a program of ACTO, funded by Legal Aid Ontario.  ACTO funds 30 legal clinics across the province to provide TDCP services. The TDCP is a walk-in service available at locations across Ontario where the Landlord and Tenant Board hold their hearings.

TDCP staff provide advice, legal assistance, resources and referrals to unrepresented tenants on the day of their hearing at the Landlord and Tenant Board. Priority is given to tenants facing eviction.

TDCP staff also provide advice to tenants who have been illegally locked out or who have sheriff notices or eviction orders.

If you have a problem with your landlord, you may need legal help before there is a Landlord and Tenant Board hearing. For low-income tenants, this help is provided by community legal clinics, located in each major town or city. Find your legal clinic.

You Can Bankrupt Your Bad Landlord And Make Them Back Down (and even beg for mercy)

We Tenants can get free legal help but the landlords can’t!

They have to pay huge money to “defend” against our “free” legal aid help.

Many times the landlord is  paying thousands of dollars to a paralegal or lawyer and will just back down and give you what we want to avoid paying even more thousands of dollars to lawyers and paralegals who will take their money (guaranteed) but won’t refund them if they don’t win and don’t “terminate” the tenants. 

The legal reps for landlords love getting paid from landlords in trouble. So use this against them. You get free legal help, and every day the legal battle goes on your landlord loses money.

LOL!

It’s Time For Tenants To Get Aggressive And Fight Back

Let’s make this clear: Good landlords have have nothing to worry about.

But tenants dealing with bad landlords need to keep in regular contact with your local legal aid clinic. They are there to help you…and you will win!

Tenants Need To Fight Back And You Will Win!

Many tenants get depressed and feel everything is hopeless as your landlord doesn’t fix things and takes your rent money to buy drugs and fancy new cars and Bahama vacations.

Thank You Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Who Feels Our Pain. As Someone Who Worked As A Teacher & Bouncer He Is Working Class Like Us! PM Trudeau Believes We Are All Equal And Deserve Fairness!

Justin fights for people in need.  And Justin has just made sure Tenants can continue to get free legal help to fight bad landlords. Good landlords have nothing to worry about, just treat us like 5 star clients.

Are You On A Bad Tenant List? It’s Illegal And You Can Call The Police On Your Landlord!

Sunday, September 1st, 2019

Did Your Landlord Put You A “Bad Tenant List?”

It’s Not Only Scary, It’s Illegal!

And You Can Call The Police!

The news that some landlords have put tenants on “bad tenant lists” has shocked and scared hard- working tenants all over the province of Ontario.

The news there are illegal blacklists was reported in Sudbury.com

A man who says he was invited to be part of a closed Facebook group for local landlords says it’s wrong the group is keeping a blacklist of tenants to avoid renting to.

Matthew Hahnimaki provided the list to Sudbury.com, as well as screenshots of a discussion in which a landlord advises other property owners to keep the blacklist “on the down low” because it is illegal.

The group, as Hanhimaki has gathered over his short stay, is a place where landlords, most of whom are independent with one or two properties, say they exist to share information about things like where to get credit checks done, and recommend businesses like Hanhimaki’s to other landlords in Sudbury.

Sadly this was not true. The Landlords were undertaking something much more nefarious and illegal.

Hanhimaki said it didn’t take long before he became aware members of the group were maintaining a list “of not so good tenants” and sharing it among themselves.

The list has some 200 names on it.

“There’s posts on there from people asking about the list and they seem to want to keep it hush-hush,” said Hanhimaki. “You have to send a message to this one specific girl and she’ll send it to you.”

An exchange between members of the group shows people requesting the list of names, and one member saying:  “Just a heads up having a list is illegal so keep it on the down low”.

Another member responded to the comment, stating, “Really should find another way to refer people to it without mentioning names. Perhaps create a Gmail account for whomever has the list and just give that out.”

Sudbury.com has obtained a copy of the list, along with screenshots from posts on the Sudbury Landlords page with members requesting their own copy.

Hanhimaki is not on the list himself, but feels this is an unfair way for tenants to be treated.

“This is wrong,” Hahnimaki said. “I’m on my landlord about maintenance things and that might rub him the wrong way, but that doesn’t mean I’m a bad tenant. I always pay my rent on time.”

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada seems to agree with Hahnimaki’s opinion that a “bad tenant list” is wrong.

Unless the person maintaining the list is a licensed credit agency in Ontario, the list contravenes subsection 5(3) of the the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.

What’s more, unless the tenants on the list were aware their personal information was being disclosed to other landlords, landlords had no right to share the information among themselves.

Illegal Tenant Blacklists Exist…They Are Illegal…And You Can Stop Them!

The message is out that low-class, low-educated small Sudbury landlords have created illegal “bad tenant lists” on Facebook.

It’s not only Sudbury…Illegal Blacklists Are All Over Ontario…and you can fight back!

What Can You Do If You Are On An Illegal “Bad Tenant List?”

One complainant on the list said she never consented to her personal information being collected for that purpose and wasn’t allowed to see the information about her or find out which landlord had added her name to the list.

What About the Privacy Commissions?

They are good, but they are slow and very bureaucratic.  These people get huge salaries for basically doing nothing.  Sure make a complaint and it will likely get the illegal list shut down.

But you need to protect yourself fast!

Call the Police!

Your personal information is being made public without your permission.  This is not only a privacy issue, it’s a safety issue.  It is also a harassment issue.

We have heard from tenants who have been put on these illegal lists and they have called the Boys in Blue.  They explained the situation and the officers have personally went to the landlords home and told them to “SHUT IT DOWN!”

It’s Time All Tenants Work Together To Shut Down Illegal “Bad Tenant” Websites

Remember according to the Canada privacy commissioner you can only be on a bad tenant list only if:

Unless the person maintaining the list is a licensed credit agency in Ontario, the list contravenes subsection 5(3) of the the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.

What’s more, unless the tenants on the list were aware their personal information was being disclosed to other landlords, landlords had no right to share the information among themselves.

So if this is not the case make sure you print this out and call the police.

NEVER EVERY FEEL ASHAMED, WEAK OR INTIMIDATED!

Explain the rules (show them the print out) and explain how this information is harassment and bullying by people who need your money, but also at the same look down on you!

You can also get help from your local Legal Aid Clinic at https://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/contact/contact.asp?type=cl

How To Get Landlords To Rent To You

Friday, March 29th, 2019

Tenants Speak Out and Share Their Concerns and Opinions on the Rental Industry

As part of our “Let’s Improve the Ontario Rental Industry” we have invited landlords and tenants to share their opinions on how we can make these improvements. These opinions are from individual contributors and are not the opinions of the Ontario Landlords Association. We believe by fostering communication between landlords and tenants we can improve the Ontario rental industry.

With Vacancy Rates So Low Tenants Have To Do Whatever It Takes To Find A Home

First of all I want to make it clear there are a lot of great landlords out there.  I’m not part of the majority of tenants who think all landlords are ripping us off and making money out of thin air. 

My parents rented some rooms in our house when times were tough in the 1990s recession. I know what they went through with people being noisy late and night and not always washing their dishes daily. It was tough on my Mom and Dad but they needed the money.

Most landlords are like my parents. Friendly and law-abiding.

Bad Landlords Out There Are Taking Advantage Of The Rental Shortage

As someone who was looking for a place to live this year it was shocking to find there are landlords who didn’t have the ethics of my parents. 

When I went to see an apartment many landlords demanded a ridiculous amount of personal information about me for a simple credit check.

(Which I have reported these landlords to the Privacy Commissioner and the landlords are being investigated as you read this, as are the companies involved). 

Not only that but many demanded a lot of rent up front in order to rent to me.

Some wanted 3 or 4 months of rent, but most wanted a 6 months or even a year! Some landlords even wanted 2 or 3 years!

Others wanted a deposit of 1 – 6 months equivalent rent in case I made “damages” LOL! What did they expect me to do? Blow up the building?!

We Are In The Middle Of A Housing Crisis

The rental scene really unfair for people looking to rent.  A recent VICE article was really helpful and illustrated how unfair it is for people simply looking for a home.

Vacancy rates in Toronto are under two percent. This is the worst it’s been in nearly twenty years. The average monthly rent for a tiny one-bedroom apartment is $2,200/month.

Jump Doggy, Jump

Landlords are making tenants jump through hoops and part of these hoops is illegal behaviour.  VICE reported a new immigrant was required to pay 3 years up front to rent some dump in Scarborough. That’s right, “Scarberia!”

Landlords Cannot Demand A Damage Deposit Or Months Of Rent Up-Front. It’s Illegal!

Ontario landlords cannot charge you any type of “damage” or “Security” deposit. Nothing, Nada, Zippo.

Landlords can only ask for “first and last”. This is payment for the first month of rent and for the last month of rent you are staying the property. The “last” is only for your last month living there.

This “last month” cannot be used for anything other than last month rent according to the Residential Tenancies Act.

I Refused To Pay Multiple Months Of Rent Up-Front And A Damage Deposit

Not only did I refuse I told the landlords they were undertaking an illegal act, I educated them.

I told the landlords I met to sit down and I made sure to lecture them not only about how they were undertaking criminal acts, they also were lapsing morally and ethically.

Was I being strident refusing to leave before getting my point across?

Was I being aggressive in making the landlords read the Residential Tenancies Act in my handouts? 

Sure.

But we are nation of laws and we must educate and uphold these laws as part of our democracy.

Nice People Finish Last

What was the result from my honest and ethical stand?

No one rented to me.

Simply because I demanded the landlords followed the LAW I was shunned. I was an outcast. I was without a home when a high paying I.T. job was about to start.

I Had To Be More Sneaky Than The Sneaky Landlords I Was Dealing With

There is a saying “When in Rome Do What The Romans Do.”  I realized the Ontario rental market if full of law breakers (not everyone, but many). My honesty and demanding the laws be followed were mocked at by these landlords.

I Made A Difficult Decision To Adapt And Get My New Home No Matter What It Took

I needed a place.

I needed a place near public transportation and at the lowest rent possible. I tried to be up front and honest and the landlords spat in my face!

Here’s What I Did – I Used Their Own Greed To Work Against Them

I decided to agree with landlords who wanted 6 months of rent up front.  I would say things such as:

“Yes, I agree you landlords need to protect yourself from all the bad tenants out there.” 

“It’s only natural you need 6 months of rent upfront after you worked so hard to buy this apartment.”

“It’s crazy the law says you can’t charge me a damage deposit”

The landlords were super happy to hear this and I was instantly treated with respect and put on the top of their list!

I Pushed It To The Limit!

Since I had gone over to the ‘Dark Side’ as these landlords had I decided ‘hey, if you go to the Dark Side you might as well go all the way!’ Darth Vader style.

So if the landlord said they wanted 6 months of rent up-front I said “why not a year?” 

So if the landlord wanted a 1 month damage deposit I said “why not 3 months?”

So if the landlord demanded post-dated checks I said “why don’t I pay cash?”

Sure I was lying but they were asking for illegal things so it was okay.

The Replies Poured In…Everyone Wanted To Rent To Me (and on long-term leases!)

All the talk of credit checks, reference checks, etc. went out the window.  The texts rolled in and so did the emails. 

Some landlords were so exited they called me and wanted to sign a lease right away!

Got The Best Apartment And A Discount On Rent

From being the ugly loser I was suddenly treated like a virgin princess ready to put out.  I had my choice of properties and played several landlords off against each other to find the best apartment at the best price.

Since I was willing to pay the money up-front and the deposit I managed to negotiate a lower rent.

All they really wanted was a big huge stack of money in their hands.

After I Signed The Lease And Moved In I Filed At the Landlord and Tenant Board And Got All My Money Back!

It’s very easy to file at the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board and get all your money back!

The LTB form is called the T1. 

You can read about it here!

After I moved in I filed at the LTB.  It was easy and simple. 

Avoid Landlord Texts And Calls (And Record Them As Harassment)

After I filed the texts came flying “oh, you agreed” the landlord whined like little bitches from hell who got caught by a righteous and good person (me) who used their evil Luciferian greed against them.

The messages in my mailbox:

“You are a cheater” and after a few days “we will kick you out.”

It all hilarious because this was just adding my ability to punish these illegal landlords at the LTB.

LTB Hearing Took 15 Minutes To Get My Money Back

I spoke with Legal Aid at the LTB Hearing room. This is really, really helpful. And it’s free!

This is free legal help for tenants and they were with me as I made my case. 

Very nice people and they are often on a first name basis with the adjudicator/judge at the LTB so you get instant credibility.

EASY WIN TO GET ALL THE MONEY BACK 

I also made sure the adjudicator was aware of the threats and harassment from the landlord and the landlord was fined.

The landlord was also warned against harassing me further and to stop demanding illegal money.

TENANTS MUST BE AS SNEAKY AS THE BAD LL’S ARE TO SURVIVE

In this era of super low vacancy rates the bad landlords are possessed with greed and acting unlawful. 

Since they are so sneaky tenants need to be sneaky.

I hope my story will help all the great tenants out there find great rental properties. I’m in a great apartment at a low rent and got all my money back. The landlord is also scared of me because they know I’m a pro and they were already warned by the Landlord Tenant Board judge! 

Good landlords have nothing to worry about and thank you for being legal.

Landlord and Tenant Board Requests Our Comments On New Documents – Make Your Voice Heard!

Saturday, September 15th, 2018

Rent Increase Guideline 2016 Ontario

Ontario Landlord Association Members Are Important Stakeholders In The Ontario Rental Industry And We Have Been Asked To Review And Comment On New Documents From the Landlord and Tenant Board

Residential landlords across Ontario are excited that we have new provincial leadership that wants to cut red tape and make Ontario ‘open for business again’.  

Dramatic changes to the way we do business will take some time, but we are already seeing an openness to improve the rental industry.  And they want Ontario Landlord Association members (who are important stakeholders) to play a key role.

This is a great beginning and we ask you to take time out of your busy schedule to share your opinions, concerns, and advice on how to improve the Landlord and Tenant Board. 

Let’s discuss these important consultations in the OLA Member forum and make sure to get our voices heard. 

Send us your comments at landlordvoice@lobbyist.com

 

Ontario landlord and tenant board 2018

To: Ontario Landlords Association Members

Changes to Rules of Procedure and Guidelines for Review and Comment

The Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) has posted three documents for review and comment by members of the community and its stakeholders:

  1. Proposed changes to the Rules of Procedure
  2. Proposed changes to the Guideline 6: Tenant Rights
  3. Proposed changes to the Guideline 12: Eviction for Personal Use, Demolition, Repairs and Conversion

The Rules of Procedure have been extensively reformatted and now use plain language. The commentary that appears under each rule has been removed. The format and language of the proposed rules is also now consistent with the Social Justice Tribunals Ontario (SJTO) Common Rules of Procedure . Some substantive changes have also been made, including:

  • Allowing the use of a sworn statement instead of an affidavit (Rule 1.5)
  • Allowing parties to give each other certain documents by email where they both agree (Rule 3)
  • Removing the requirement that Co-operatives serve applications (Rule 12)
  • Changing the rules about the payment out of money paid into the LTB’s trust account (Rules 20.3, 20.4, 20.6 and 20.8)

Guideline 6 has been expanded. It now includes discussion of all the grounds in the Application About Tenant Rights (T2). References to applicable case law have been updated and there are extensive references and links to relevant LTB orders.

Guideline 12 has been changed to reflect amendments made to the Residential Tenancies Act on January 1, 2018.

We encourage you to have a look at the proposed changes and provide your comments and ideas by September 28, 2018.