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March 3rd, 2013 · 1 Comment · Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB)

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New to the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board? Ontario Landlords – What Will You Do If You Rent To a Bad Tenant? Evict? Not So Fast!

If you become a landlord you should expect to deal with bad tenants at some point right? Of course. You know from other business experiences there’s always some bumps in the road on the path to success.

Very few landlords in Ontario realize the hoops that you need to jump through in order to get a tenant evicted in Ontario, even if they don’t pay their rent!

Did you know that the majority of landlords out there are actually renting to people who they believe have a good personality as opposed to credit-worthiness? Sure, these tenants may pay up-front for a while, but if you don’t know anything about their credit history then there is always the chance that they can go AWOL on you when you realize that they don’t have the funds to pay you.

Of course, the first thing that is going to pop to your head is undoubtedly the first thought that is going to pop into your head is to change those locks and make sure the tenant can’t get back into the property.

The Ontario Residential Tenancies Act is standing in your way here. Do that and you will be in line not only for a $25,000 fine, but being made to pay out a ton of compensation for those that have been locked out of their unit. Not fair right? Of course it isn’t.

So how can you get your tenant evicted? Well, you need to apply to the Landlord Tenant Board for an application for eviction.

Whilst the majority of ‘non-rent payers’ are evicted, in some cases you may lose simply because you did not provide sufficient evidence that the tenant should be evicted from their home.

The problem that many people are facing is that even if they believe that their case is completely water-tight, they still have to navigate a lot of paperwork before that point. In addition to that, you are going to have to pay a fee of $170, simply because your tenant is being difficult or simply not paying the money that they owe. Dealing with a tenant who wants to ‘fight back’ is even worse.

Many landlords with bad tenants are left asking: how do I manage this bad tenant problem and how can I evict the tenant?

As you can probably guess, it is important that you carry out numerous credit checks and get references before you bring a tenant into your property. The problem is even if you do all the relevant checks there is still a massive chance that you can end up with an undesirable tenant. You can read stories of this happening at the Ontario Landlord Forum.

Ask yourself: what happens if your tenant turns into a bit of a crazy person after they are in the property? Well, not only do you have to fear retaliation if you don’t keep up with their demands, but once again you are going to find it incredibly difficult to evict them.

Basically, you have invited a stranger into your home and they are going to be overtaking every single aspect of your life, including your wallet!

We will continue this discussion next week with information on the eviction process and how to best deal with the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board.

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