Update: May 6, 2020
Landlord and Tenant Board
Directly from the Landlord and Tenant Board News Release:
As of April 30, 2020
“The Landlord and Tenant Board continues to provide services to the public. All in-person hearings previously scheduled have been postponed. Telephone or written hearings will be scheduled for non-eviction matters and urgent eviction matters.
Until further notice, the LTB is suspending the issuance of eviction orders and all hearings related to eviction applications — unless the matter relates to an urgent issue such as a serious illegal act or threat to life or safety” News Release
As of March 26, 2020
” The Government of Ontario issued an Emergency Order (O.Reg. 73/20) under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.
The order suspends limitation periods and procedural time periods relevant to tribunal proceedings. The suspension is retroactive to March 16, 2020.
If current and / or new parties are not able to meet a timeline, Tribunals Ontario will allow them to do so at a later date. For example, if parties are not able to meet the timeline for submitting an application to a tribunal, they will be able to submit it at a later date.
Tribunals Ontario is continuing to deliver service across the province. Most tribunals are continuing to have hearings, meditations, and case conferences by teleconference or in writing, while some tribunals are rescheduling matters to later dates.
If you are not able to proceed with a matter, please contact the tribunal to reschedule. If you are not able to attend a proceeding by teleconference or in writing, the tribunal will be able to reschedule the matter to another date.” LTB Important Notice
“In response to the evolving COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, no new eviction orders will be issued until further notice and sheriff’s offices will postpone any scheduled enforcement of current eviction orders. Tenants must pay rent while an eviction order is not being enforced.” Ontario Government
COVID-19 Tenant Rights Tip Sheet
Keep In Mind
- Rent is still owed for each month. There is no rent freeze.
- If rent has not been paid, a landlord is able to issue notice and file with the Landlord and Tenant Board.
- If you are struggling to pay your rent, you CANNOT be evicted without an Order from the LTB. You must first be served with a Notice of Termination, which gives you the opportunity to pay any outstanding rent within 14 days.
- Once that 14 days expires, the landlord can apply to the LTB for an eviction order. The LTB is not currently issuing eviction orders.
- However, if the LTB issues a telephone hearing it will go ahead. To confirm that your hearing is postponed, call the Board at 1-888-332-3234 or check for updates ONLINE.
- You have a right to attend your LTB hearing. You can inform the LTB about your reasons for missing rent payment (ex. lost job, reduced hours, sickness etc.) and seek a payment plan for the rent. Your case will be stronger if you can show that you told the landlord, in writing (including email), about your challenges and tried to work it out with them.
- If you are a tenant facing harassment from the landlord you have the right to file against your landlord. This is especially important if you have been illegally evicted. The Landlord and Tenant Board will be suspending all matters until further notice unless “the matter relates to an urgent issue such as an illegal act or serious impairment of safety;”
- Currently there are no rent supplement. There is a Hydro Relief fund. CLICK HERE for further info.