Landlord and Tenant Issues - (705) 268-6492

With over 40 years of combined experience, Suzanne Desrosiers Professional Corporation has built a reputation as leaders in landlord and tenant issues. Our practice was founded on honesty and integrity, something we have upheld throughout our years in operation. During our time as a firm, we have had the opportunity to represent individuals from all walks of life and build a strong relationship with the local aboriginal community. We are proud to have a dedicated and hardworking staff ready to help you deal with any rental dispute.

Whether you are a tenant or a property owner, you can trust that we will help you settle your issue swiftly and effectively. If you have a property dispute that you need to be resolved, contact us at (705) 268-6492 today to set up a meeting.

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A Full-Service Apartment Lawyer

At Suzanne Desrosiers Professional Corporation, we are proud to provide a comprehensive offering of legal services for both tenants and landlords. We are experts in all aspects of rental law, so you can always have faith in us to provide dependable legal advice. What's more, we back it up with a complete offering of additional benefits that make us the smart choice for all of your apartment issues. When you hire us, you will always receive:

  • Service in English or French
  • In-depth consultations
  • Affordable rates
  • Vigilant representation
  • Professional and experienced staff
  • And more

These are just some of the ways that we strive to provide the most valuable legal service for both landlords and tenants. Whether it is helping with an eviction or simply learning more about your rights as a landlord, contact us today for prompt and professional service.

Effective Apartment Lawyers

Client-Focused Consultations

At Suzanne Desrosiers Professional Corporation, we offer a client-focused approach to helping you with landlord-tenant disputes. From the onset, our consultations will put you at ease and help build a strategy to get you the results you want. Whether you need help with an eviction or would like to know more about tenant rights, we are here to provide trustworthy information and advice that you can depend on in court. Our emphasis on the client also means that we take the time to get to know you and your unique situation. We are not just trying to find a fast solution—we are committed to finding the best results for your case.

The Legal Advice You Need at Great Rates

Whether you are a tenant or a landlord, dealing with legal issues regarding your apartment should not affect your livelihood. That is why we are proud to be a tenant and landlord attorney that always provides our professional services at affordable prices. Our upfront and trustworthy pricing allows you to bring a resolution to your situation without creating new problems. At Suzanne Desrosiers Professional Corporation, we are passionate about tenants' rights, so you can always count on us to go above and beyond to get you what you deserve without breaking the bank.

Rental Attorneys with Integrity

Our knowledgeable and experienced staff are happy to offer compassionate advice to help guide you through all types of landlord-tenant disputes. Our expertise means that you can trust us to provide you with the best solution possible. We are also well-versed and comfortable in dealing with the rental board and are happy to represent you to them.

We understand that these cases can be stressful for both tenants and landlords, so come in for a consultation today and put your mind at ease.

Experienced Rental Attorneys

With over three decades of vigilant legal services, we are proud to have earned a reputation as the trusted source to bring an agreeable resolution to your landlord and tenant issues. We strive for excellence with every case we take on, and we are continually expanding our already comprehensive knowledge of tenant law. We stay on top of all reforms and updates to the legal system, so you can always count on us to provide you with accurate and up to date information.

Our time in the field has allowed us to properly assess any case and determine what the chances are of getting a satisfying outcome. Our dedication to our clients and our community means that we will always give you honest advice on how to proceed and give you a realistic expectation of how your dispute will be resolved.

Trustworthy Information on Landlord and Tenant Law

Even if you are not currently going through an issue with a rental property, our passionate legal team is available to consult with you to make sure you understand your rights. As a landlord, you have a large number of things to stay on top of, which means you do not always have the time to study the complexities of rental law. This subject can be a difficult field to understand fully, but we are proud to offer accurate and dependable advice to help you properly manage your property and deal with any disputes that arise. Even if you just want to consult with a lawyer to get a better understanding of how to deal with any issues that might come up, we are happy to oblige.

Leaders in Landlord-Tenant Disputes

We understand how big of an impact a rental disagreement can have on an individual. For landlords, it can affect your livelihood, and for tenants, it can be extremely stressful to deal with disputes regarding the place you call home. This is why our team of esteemed lawyers are here to make sure everything regarding your case is completed efficiently and correctly. From filing paperwork to our vigilant interpretation of the law, we ensure every step of your case is executed with care and precision.

Apartment Lawyers with a History of Success

When you work with Suzanne Desrosiers Professional Corporation, you can rest easy knowing you have a vigilant team of lawyers representing you. We have an excellent track record of successful trials and getting our clients what they deserve. Put your trust in a staff with the experience and the consistency you need to get the best outcome.

Compassionate Rental Attorneys

Suzanne Desrosiers Professional Corporation prides ourselves in our unique approach to legal issues. Our satisfaction comes not just from getting you the results you want but also making sure you are comforted at every stage of your case. The attention and care we place on every case do not stop at the verdict. We offer follow-ups and additional information to make sure that you understand everything about the case, and all the loose ends are tied up. We are happy to help with appeals and offer you further advice to make sure that your eviction or other tenant issues can be put behind you.

Legal Services for Landlords

Having an issue with a troublesome renter and want to know what your options are? We can assist with a variety of problems that may arise for landlords and make sure they are dealt with appropriately. Our qualified landlord attorneys can help with things such as eviction and rent increases, as well as reviewing your leases to make sure they are in line with the law. As a landlord, you have a lot of different things to keep track of. Let us help you stay on top of it with our comprehensive legal services for landlords.

Assistance with Evictions

If you are having issues with an unruly client failing to pay rent or infringing on the terms of your lease, our rental lawyers can help to ensure it is in your right to evict the tenant. Eviction can be a complicated issue. That being said, our attorneys are well versed in landlord and tenants' rights to help you make sure you are acting within your rights. Our lawyers can assist you at all stages of the process, such as providing an appropriate eviction notice, and ensure that you do everything by the books to avoid further legal issues.

Legal Services for Tenants

If you are having trouble with a difficult or absent landlord and do not know where to turn, Suzanne Desrosiers Professional Corporation can help. We are well versed in all aspects of rental law and tenants' rights, so you can always count on us for dependable representation. From making sure your property has the appropriate repairs to your options for subletting, we can help with any legal issues you may have as a tenant.

Have You Been Wrongfully Evicted? We Can Help

If you believe you have been the victim of wrongful eviction, put your trust in our professional attorneys for trustworthy and accurate advice on how to proceed. We help you understand your renters' rights and determine if your landlord had the authority to remove you from your home.

Being kicked out of your apartment can be a stressful and confusing time—you may be unsure of where to turn and feel like you have no options. Luckily, Suzanne Desrosiers Professional Corporation is a proud team of attorneys with a comprehensive knowledge of rental law and a commitment to excellence. If we believe your tenants' rights were infringed upon, we will stop at nothing to bring you justice.

Landlord and Tenant Rights

At Suzanne Desrosiers Professional Corporation, we can assist both Landlords and Tenants in obtaining the results they want. We can ensure that you are sending out the proper notices while adhering to the Residential Tenancies Act. We can also represent you at the Landlord and Tenant Board.

We can assist LANDLORDS and TENANTS in the following areas:

  • Eviction;
  • Enforcing rights related to property standards, such as housing repairs;
  • Illegal Acts;
  • Landlord and Tenant Board disputes;
  • Rent Increases;
  • Persistent Late Payment of Rent;
  • Demolition;
  • Conversions;
  • Subletting;
  • Leases;
  • Mediation;
  • Assistance understanding your rights under the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA);
  • Human Rights claims;
  • Rental Arrears; and
  • All other legal matters relating to Landlord & Tenant Law.

Understanding the Residential Tenancies Act

Although we are a great resource for helping you navigate rental laws and providing vigilant representation, it is also worthwhile to familiarize yourself with your rights as a landlord or tenant. With a proper understanding of your rights, you can act accordingly within the law and deal with any situations, such as eviction, correctly. With basic knowledge of the law, you can avoid unnecessary disputes with the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) and ensure that you are never caught off guard with complaints.

It is also worth noting that we are providing this information as a guide. If you have noticed someone breaking these regulations, or if your situation is more complex, we recommend consulting with our rental lawyers.

Are You Covered by the Residential Tenancies Act?

Before taking your complaint to the board, it is important to determine the laws that regulate your situation. There are several properties that are protected under the act, but a few noteworthy ones that are not.

Those protected by the LTB include:

  • Apartments
  • Rented homes
  • A room in a boarding house
  • Care homes
  • Retirement homes
  • Sites in a mobile home park or land lease community

On the other hand, many of the rules for renting do not apply to:

  • Non-profit housing
  • Public housing
  • University and college residences

Rent Price and Payments

There are a few things to note regarding rent payments that can help you make sure you are operating within the law and not being taken advantage of.

  • The rent will be determined at the beginning of the tenancy agreement and will detail which services and utilities are included. In most cases, the rent cannot be increased until a minimum of 12 months has passed.
  • A rent deposit may be collected at the start of the tenancy, but it cannot exceed one month’s rent. This deposit may only be used to cover the last month of rent, not for any repairs to the unit.
  • A landlord is not allowed to require post-dated cheques or automated payments, but this may be agreed upon if both the tenant and landlord accept.
  • Written notification must be provided 90 days prior to any rent increases.

Landlord Responsibilities

  • Keep the property in a good state of repair
  • Obey all health, safety, housing and maintenance standards

If these are not being met, the tenant is eligible to seek renter help. There are several resolutions to this issue, including the tenant not being required to pay some or all of their rent until the repairs are made.

Tenant Responsibilities

  • Keeping the unit to a reasonable standard of cleanliness
  • The tenant must repair damages that are directly caused by themselves or their guests (not normal wear and tear)

It is worth highlighting that even if you think your rights are being infringed upon as a tenant, that you should never withhold rent as retaliation. This could lead to your eviction, which is why we recommend seeking help from our legal staff instead.

CHANGES TO THE RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES ACT AS OF SEPTEMBER 1, 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:

  1. the landlord or family member must intend to live in the unit for at least one year and;
  2. 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:

  1. all or a portion of any increased rent incurred for a one-year period after vacating the rental unit;
  2. reasonable out-of-pocket expenses including moving, storage, and other expenses,
  3. abatement of rent and;
  4. an administrative fine for up to $25,000.00

Call Us Today for Comprehensive Legal Service

Whether you are a tenant or a landlord, Suzanne Desrosiers Professional Corporation is your source for dependable legal advice and representation. We are experts and up to date on all aspects of rental law, so you can always count on us to provide helpful and trustworthy information.

Call KATHERINE ARMSTRONG at the office of Suzanne Desrosiers Professional Corporation at (705) 268-6492 for more information.