The truth is most experienced Ontario landlords try to avoid the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB).
They know running credit check on a tenant is of essential importance if you want to avoid bad tenants and find good ones. And when you rent to good tenants there is rarely a need to go to the LTB.
You only need to read your local newspaper or click on their website to see stories of bad tenants and landlords losing thousands of dollars (and having to do major repairs and clean ups).
Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB)
Many landlords who actually attend a Hearing are surprised how biased the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) is.
All tenants (rich or poor) receive free legal help paid for by your tax dollars and all tenants (good or bad) are treated like ‘poor innocent victims’ no matter what.
Meanwhile, the Residential Tenancies Act (which used to called by a more honest name: the Tenant Protection Act) makes sure LTB adjudicators view all landlords as big corporate monsters who want to abuse and exploit these ‘poor innocent victim’ tenants.
Many small family landlords are shocked to find out they are treated the same as a billion dollar corporate landlord at the Landlord and Tenant Board.
Many small landlords criticize the poor service and bad advice they receive from the LTB telephone number.
The emails we get from landlords who went to the LTB is the often share similar opinions and concerns.
They are shocked at how biased the system is, how unprofessional Tenant Duty Counsel can be (they are the legal reps at the LTB who help tenants, rich or poor or whatever), and feel disrespected and that their rights as Canadians have been abused at the Landlord and Tenant Board.
While Alberta landlords are getting a faster and more streamlined system, landlords in Ontario continue to face long delays in evictions and lots of frivolous Tenant Rights claims against them.
They also say the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board website doesn’t provide a real illustration of what actually happens when you go to an LTB Hearing.
Peterborough Landlord – It Took Four Months To Evict My Non-Paying Tenant
A recent story of a Peterborough landlord has caught the attention of new Ontario landlords.
The story is from Insidehalton.com and it’s about a small landlord who had to deal with a bad tenant and had to deal with the Landlord and Tenant Board.
Here are some of the details:
#1 Tenant Stopped Paying Rent
Landlord Bill Buchanan acted fast when the tenant stopped paying rent. He downloaded an N4 Notice of Eviction from the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board website. This was the beginning of attempt to get the tenant to either pay or move out.
#2 It Took Four Months To Evict A Non-Paying Tenant
Four months later the tenant moved out.
Yes, four months to evict and staying in the rental property while not paying rent!
Not only did the landlord have to face not receiving a cent of rent, he also had to face the hefty fees to go to Landlord and Tenant Board.
Ontario landlords have to pay a fee of $170 while tenants don’t have to pay anything for many of their applications.
#3 The Tenant Trashed the Rental Apartment
It wasn’t until Mr. Buchanan visited the apartment on Monday (Aug. 4) that he realized the shape the tenant had left the apartment in. With clogged plumbing, missing light fixtures, broken doors and damaged windows, he says it’ll cost him more time and money to fix the place up before another tenant moves in.
After the tenant finally moved out the landlord managed to get in and take a look.
The rental property was trashed.
The problems included screwed up plumbing, doors were broken, and the window were broken, among other serious clean up and repair issues.
Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB)
This story of what happened to a Peterborough landlord is just one example of many.
The best way to avoid the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) is to make sure you know the laws, be a professional landlord, and make sure you rent to good tenants.
Tenant Credit Checks
One of the best ways to make sure you ‘know who you are renting to’ is by running a credit check on your tenant.
You can join the Ontario Landlords Association for only a low one-time registration fee and begin running premium credit checks from your own home computer for only $10/check!
Avoid the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board and bad tenants with Ontario Landlords Association membership.