Landlord and Tenant Issues and recent amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act as of September 1st 2017 - (705) 268-6492
Having tenants is a great source of income for a landlord, however, contact our office before entering into a tenancy agreement so that we can advise you about some situations you may want to consider. If there has already been a breakdown in the landlord and tenant relationship, we can help you determine your next steps.
Also, if you are a Tenant and the Landlord is not complying with the law, such as entering your unit without notice, failure to repair, etc. you can consult us about your rights.
The Landlord and Tenant Board
At Suzanne Desrosiers Professional Corporation, we can assist you in obtaining the results you want. We can ensure you are sending out the proper notices and adhering to the legislation. We can also represent you at the Landlord and Tenant Board so that you do not have to self-represent yourself. We’re happy to help you even beyond the Landlord and Tenant Board, for example, to get you vacant possession of the premises through the Sheriff’s Office or start garnishment procedures in the Small Claims Court or that you as a tenant can collect from the Landlord what is justly due to you.
We can assist LANDLORDS and TENANTS in the various areas such as:
- Enforcing rights related to property standards, such as housing repairs
- Illegal Acts
- Landlord and Tenant Board disputes
- Rent Increases
- Persistent Late Payment of Rent
- Assistance understanding your rights under the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA)
- Human Rights claims
- Rental Arrears
- All other legal matters relating to Landlord & Tenant Law
CHANGES TO THE RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES ACT AS OF SEPTEMBER 1ST 2017
As of September 1, 2017, the Ontario government has introduced new requirements for Landlords under the “Rental Fairness Act.”
In order for the landlord to evict a tenant so that they or a family member can live in the rental unit:
- the landlord or family member must intend to live in the unit for at least one year and;
- the landlord must compensate the tenant for one month’s rent or offer the tenant another acceptable unit.
If the landlord advertises the rental unit for rent less than one year after the tenant vacates the unit, there is an inference of bad faith and the tenant may apply to the Landlord Tenant Board within a year of moving out of that unit for:
- all or a portion of any increased rent incurred for a one-year period after vacating the rental unit;
- reasonable out-of-pocket expenses including moving, storage, and other expenses,
- abatement of rent and;
- an administrative fine for up to $25,000.00
Changes to Forms:
The following forms have been updated to reflect this change:
- the N12 form – “Notice to End your Tenancy because the Landlord, a Purchaser or a Family Member Requires the Rental Unit”;
- the N13 form – “Notice to End your Tenancy because the Landlord wants to Demolish the Rental Unit, repair it, or Convert it to Another Use;
- L2 – “Application to End a Tenancy and Evict a Tenant” and;
- T1 – “Tenant Application for a Rebate.”
The previous versions of the forms listed above will only be accepted by the Landlord and Tenant Board until September 30, 2017.
Call for KATHERINE ARMSTRONG at the office of Suzanne Desrosiers Professional Corporation at 705-268-6492 to find out more about how we can assist you.
Communities we service:
Timmins, Cochrane, Kapuskasing, Kirkland Lake, Temiskaming shores, Iroquois Falls, Gogama, Chapleau, Temagami First Nation, Mattagami First Nation, Wahgoshig First Nation, Constance Lake First Nation, Attawapiskat First Nation, Kashechewan First Nation, Fort Albany First Nation, Moose Cree First Nation, Taykwa Tagamou First Nation, Chapleau Cree First Nation and Missanabie First Nation, Brunswick House First Nation, Matachewan First Nation, Beaverhouse First Nation, Flying Post First Nation, all within the Province of Ontario.
We are always receptive to serving other Communities