LANDLORD AND TENANT BOARD AND COVID-19
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, an order was issued suspending all evictions. Furthermore, the Landlord and Tenant Board has postponed all in-person hearings.
Additionally, the Landlord and Tenant Board has created the appropriate means to conduct hearings relating to illegal acts and/or allegations of serious impairment.
The Landlord and Tenant Board may issue an eviction order if a finding of an illegal act or a serious impairment has been made. Even with an order, the sheriffs are not enforcing evictions until the government lifts the stay or if an order from the Superior Court is issued.
WHAT ABOUT EVICTION ORDERS FOR NON-PAYMENT OF RENT?
Unfortunately, this means that a Landlord cannot have an application heard and an eviction order issued for a very common issue of non-payment of rent. During this pandemic, a lot of individuals and families are facing financial hardships. Despite this, Tenants are still obligated to pay their rent, however landlords are limited as to what they can do should a tenant default on their payment.
If a Landlord has already obtained an eviction order against their Tenants, they are unable to file the order with the Sheriffs office. Unfortunately, the issue of non-payment of rent does not fall under this category.
Despite this, there are steps a Landlord can take against their Tenants for not paying rent. 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.
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