New dispute process favours tenants

The Landlord and Tenant Board is aiming to streamline the process by which it notifies landlords and tenants about an LTB hearing, but experts doubt the proposed changes will do anything to crack down on badly behaved tenants.

“I think that 'streamlining' the process is great in theory,” said Jose Jafferji, an investor and sales representative at Rock Star Real Estate. “However, the fundamental problems with the system still aren't solved.  

“Perhaps the actual system of serving documents is more efficient, but at the end of the day I don't think this is the root of the problem.”

The Landlord and Tenant Board launched a consultation earlier this month that seeks feedback on a new practice rule to come in from July 1, 2015.

LTB will start serving the notice of an LTB hearing to both the applicant and the respondent. Currently, the applicant serves the documents to the respondent, so the new process could create more balance when it comes to a landlord-tenant hearing.

These changes may make the process of serving documents more efficient, but it really doesn’t address the root of the problem, added Jafferji.

“At the end of the day, the entire system favours the tenant, giving the tenant the benefit of the doubt and allowing them to continue living in the property until the hearing date, which unfortunately can be months down the line,” he said.

“You can take (tenants) to court but that seems to be a big waste of time and money.”

An investor sharing his opinion on the CREW Forum said he believes tenants have been coddled by the system for far too long.

“In some countries, bad tenants are put on a national website by the authorities for future landlords to refer,” he wrote. “This should bring these criminals to heel and respect other people's properties.”

Landlords across Canada have until the end of this month – Friday, May 29 – to have their say and provide feedback to the LTB’s consultation.

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