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Is it time for the Landlord and Tenant Act to change?

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Real estate Pat | 15 Apr 2015, 11:57 AM Agree 0
The Landlord and Tenant Act goes over and beyond to protect tenants from unscrupulous landlords, but who has landlords' backs? Is it time for the LTA to change to show more of a balanced approach to these relationships?
  • Irene | 23 Apr 2015, 10:36 AM Agree 0
    We have a rental unit in Toronto and we would like to supply affordable housing, however, with the unbalanced way the LTA works here, in Ontario, if anything happens and the tenant is forced to move they can sue us for the difference if the comparable is more. So, because of this, we have no choice but to keep our rents high.
  • Jon | 09 May 2015, 10:07 AM Agree 0
    Very few landlords know just how unfair and unbalanced the Ontario Residential Tenancies Act is. In my mind the act is designed to keep the tenants housed for as long as possible.

    The act has numerous "interpretive guidelines" that basically allow the adjudicators to ignore the residential tenancy act, over rule the landlords rights and benefit the tenants.

    Both tenants and landlords should get equal and fair treatment, but the Ontario Landlord Tenant board doesn't do so.
  • Betty McWilliams | 04 Sep 2015, 07:33 AM Agree 0
    The Land Lord and Tenant Act needs to be changed now to equally protect the Landlord and not just the tenant. The Landlord has a huge financial responsibility which many tenants do not care about, but the tenants would certainly change their tune if the tables were reversed. Landlords should not be subjected to the mental, physical and financial abuse caused by unscrupulous tenants that feel they can do anything and not abide by the provisions of the lease. The Landlord and Tenant Board gives the tenant way too many chances to change behaviours and practices which are contrary to what any normal law abiding landlord can deal with on a daily basis. Not to mention the impact these undesirable behaviours have on good tenants affected by tenants that just don't care about the rights of others living in close proximity to them. Landlords need to be given a voice that will put an end to the so called professional tenants that refuse to pay rent on time or not at all, overcrowd their apartments, destroy properties, leave landlords with unpaid utility bills and cause good tenants to move elsewhere. The Landlord and Tenant Board needs to recognize who the bad person is here and not force good landlords to put up with their abuse. One warning, one late payment should result in positively changed behaviours or they are out of the property, period.
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