Rule Changes, Form Updates for Ontario Landlords

by Chris on March 2, 2015

The Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board has announced upcoming changes to the rules that govern actions between landlords and tenants.

Beginning July 1, 2015, the LTB will serve the notice of hearing to both the applicant and the respondent. This is a change to the current rule where the tenant screeningapplicant serves the respondent. In most cases, applicants will no longer have to serve the notice of hearing or submit a certificate of service.

This change will eliminate the requirement for the LTB to send confirmation of the notice of hearing.

Applicants for dispute resolution are required to serve the notice of hearing and file a certificate of service until July 1.

Also, beginning April 1, 2015, many LTB  forms will be updated, among them applications to evict for nonpayment of rent, to terminate a tenancy, and to request above-guideline rent increases.

Landlords can preview these forms on the LTB website, but are advised not to use the updated forms before April 1, 2015.

For more information, contact the Landlord and Tenant Board.

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Andrew March 6, 2015 at 5:29 am

Its about time the LTB started doing a bit more than simply throwing up obstacles for bonafide evictions. However I am concerned the LTB may not properly notify tenants of hearings, thereby giving the tenant the opportunity to ask for a rescheduled hearing; further delaying evictions and increasing the landlord’s losses.

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