Has your tenant stopped paying the rent or is persistently late with the payments? Being a landlord or having a rental property in Mississauga or the Greater Toronto Area can be a great way to generate income. Unfortunately, having the wrong tenants can end up costing you more than you make. There are times when a landlord is left with no other choice but to begin the eviction process through the Landlord and Tenant Board.
Other times, you may wish to evict a tenant even though there was no wrongdoing on their part. This includes situations as simple as requiring the property for your own use or for the buyer’s own use. Evicting a tenant can be a complicated process, and it is important to make sure that you have the right landlord and tenant paralegal on your side to ensure that everything is done right the first time.
Balatidis Legal Services will help you navigate through the complexity of Landlord and Tenant disputes.
The right expertise for your Landlord and Tenant disputes.
At Balatidis Legal Services, we have an in-depth understanding of the Residential Tenancies Act.
We provide affordable representation to landlords for Landlord and Tenant board disputes to ensure that your home and rental property are protected.
Areas of Landlord & Tenant Board Expertise
- Rent arrears – Tenant stopped paying the rent? It can be very difficult for a landlord. Even under these circumstances, it is very important to have the right landlord and tenant paralegal on your side during the eviction process;
- Persistent late payments – Even though a tenant pays their rent, consistently being late with payments can be grounds for eviction. After all, late payments jeopardize your ability to pay your expenses as a landlord;
- Damages – Tenant damaged the rental unit? A tenant isn't responsible for reasonable wear and tear to a rental unit. They are responsible for repairing substantial damage that they, their guests or pets cause. The tenant must also maintain a reasonable standard of health and cleanliness throughout the rental unit and common areas. Damages may also include interfering with the quiet enjoyment of the landlord or other tenants, through rowdy behaviour, unruly pets or other causes;
- Interference – Selling your investment property? A landlord can sell their property at any time, although there are rules in place to ensure that the rights of the landlord and tenant are protected;
Rent increases – As a landlord, your expenses can go up depending on a number of factors from inflation to taxes to major repairs and upgrades. While you may be tempted simply to pass these costs on to the tenant, it is important to understand what the law says about rent increases. According to the Residential Tenancies Act, a landlord may increase the rent by a maximum of 2.2% (2020). If you wish to raise rates by a greater amount because you incurred extraordinary expenses in a given year, you must apply to the Landlord and Tenant Board and obtain an order to do so.
If you are a landlord, don’t try to handle landlord-tenant disputes on your own. Trust the professional advice of Balatidis Legal Services, a landlord and tenant paralegal servicing Mississauga, Brampton, Toronto, Oakville, Burlington and Hamilton.