Residential Landlord & Tenant Matters

The business of being a landlord in Ontario is highly regulated.  It's not a matter of common sense or logic or business smarts.  The law is political and at times perverse.  You need guidance if you are to stay out of trouble.

The Residential Tenancies Act govers the rights, obligations and remedies of residential landlords and tenant in Ontario with few exceptions.  Disputes under the Act are decided at a provincial tribunal called the Landlord Tenant Board.

Hearings are complicated and court-like.  It's not a matter of simply showing up and telling your story.  And the smart landlords are the ones who stay out of trouble by getting guidance and training from an experienced paralegal before trouble starts.
Unrepresented parties are at a serious disadvantage when they attend a hearing at the LTB.  The procedures and timelines are complex. There is a wealth of case-law that needs to be researched and argued.  Matters can take months to get in front of the Board for a hearing, and if you make mistakes, you must start over.  Or in some cases, you "can't" start over because your rights to sue are extinguished by not being prepared for the first hearing.

We are experts at analyzing your issue,filing the appropriate forms and representing you at a hearing.  The maximum monetary jurisdiction at the LTB either for rent, damage or tenant claims is now $35,000, the same amount as at the Ontario Small Claims Court..


 Civil Claims up to $35,000

Ontario's Small Claims Court, a branch of the Superior Court of Justice, handles civil claims to a maximum of $35,000.  The amount was just increased from $25,000 on January 1st, 2020.

Small Claims actions are sometimes needed by landlords when the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board loses jurisdiction when the tenant is no longer in possession of the unit, or for contract issues when there is a substantial lease term remaining and the tenant vacates.  Small Claims Court is also the place to go for enforcement of Landlord and Tenant Board orders.

Claims must be filed in the jurisdiction where the cause of action occurred.  There is generally a 2 year limitation period for filing a claim, so be careful not to lose your right to file a claim.
* Breach of contract * Negligence
* Wrongful dismissal * Unpaid invoices
* Unpaid promissary notes * Contracting disputes
* Personal Injury claims * Landlord's claims for damage or rent
* Defamation * Enforcement of court & tribunal judgements

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