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Ontario Landlords Association: New Landlord and Tenant Board Rules and Forms

August 3rd, 2015 · No Comments · Landlord and Tenant Board, Latest news, LTB, Ontario Landlords Association Membership

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Ontario Landlords Association – Are You Prepared For New Rules and Forms from the Landlord and Tenant Board?

There have been posts at the Ontario Landlords Association website asking about changes that have occurred for landlords recently. Many residential landlords are unclear of the details of the changes and the impact if will have on their rental businesses.

Yes, there are changes at the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) that all Ontario landlords need to be aware of. Make sure you know the new procedures and know which forms to use.

What is the Landlord and Tenant Board?

Many new landlords have lots of questions about the LTB. Many are not aware of what it is and what it does.

It’s a tribunal run by the Ontario government. It provides information to landlords and tenants about the laws governing the residential rental industry. It also handles any disputes between landlords and tenants and offers mediation for both sides.

1. Landlord and Tenant Disputes

Under the Residential Tenancies Act (the laws for residential landlords and tenants), the LTB will hear and make decisions regarding issues between landlords and tenants. LTB hearing locations are spread around the province. Hearings are held regularly in front of an adjudicator.

2. Mediation

If tenants and landlords want to try to mediate their dispute the LTB offers mediators to try to help them come to an agreement with one another. With successful mediation, both sides can avoid a confrontation at a Hearing in front of the adjudicator.

Why is the Landlord and Tenant Board Important for Landlords?

Tenants problems happen and landlords need to deal with them. For example, what happens if a tenant doesn’t pay rent? You go over to the rental property and knock on the door. No one answers. You call your tenants to ask them about their rent payment and no answers the phone.

We have written on how important knowing how the Landlord and Tenant Board works before.

What are the New Changes at the LTB?

There have been some recent changes at the Landlord and Tenant Board.

1. New Forms

The old forms landlords used for things such as applying for an eviction cannot be used after May 31st. It’s important landlords become familiar with the new, updated forms.

2. Method of Serving Applications and Notices of Hearings

Instead of the applicant serving an application or notice, the LTB will begin doing it. It will be done by mail beginning on the first of July, 2015. This is a positive change as we have heard many landlords complain they served their tenants with a notice only to have the tenants claim they didn’t receive anything (leading to a delay in the already extremely long eviction process).

3. The Option of E-Filing Applications

In the next few months landlords and tenants will be able to “e-file” some applications. At the start, these applications will include the L1, L2, T2 and T6.

How Can I Learn More about the Landlord and Tenant Board?

The LTB website offers a very simplistic outline of what they do and how landlords can approach various tenant issues. It is only the most basic outline and rarely provides landlords with any real insights on the process. For example, many small landlords are surprised to find all tenants are provided with free legal help (and landlords are not).

There are thousands of posts in the Ontario Landlords Association Members forum where both new and experienced landlords communicate and assist each other when dealing with the Landlord and Tenant Board.At the Ontario Landlords Association you get the real story on how things really work at the LTB.

In fact, many experienced and successful landlords try to avoid the LTB if possible. They find the LTB process time-consuming and often biased and unfair against small residential landlords.

How Can I Avoid Going to the Landlord and Tenant Board?

The vast majority of cases are for tenants who don’t pay rent.  If you want to avoid the LTB experienced and successful Ontario landlords know the importance of screening tenants carefully.

There are lots of good tenants out there and you need to find them. There are also tenants who will not pay rent and leave you with a huge financial mess.

Ontario Landlords Association Membership

You can become a member of the Ontario Landlords Association and begin running premium credit checks on your potential tenants, along with learning the screening techniques used by experienced and successful landlords, to find great tenants.

You can join the OLA for only a one-time registration fee (no annual fee). It’s a great opportunity for landlords to not only get the tools and services you need, but to network with others with years of experience. The OLA has worked hard to also make membership only a one time fee with huge discounts once you join.

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