Many people choose to rent out their home or cottage, or a part of it, to tenants. This is often a worthwhile endeavor for homeowners because it allows them to generate extra income or pay off their mortgages. But one of the more difficult parts of doing this in Ontario is that the provincial landlord tenant laws are favourable to the tenants, and much less so the landlords.
Currently one of the biggest problems is that after about two months of non-payment of rent, landlords might file to evict the tenant, but the process of eventually getting to a hearing and then appeals can take several more months, leaving the landlord owed thousands of dollars in rent payments that can be difficult to collect on even if they win.
Real estate lawyer Bob Aaron recommends:
- Allowing private bailiffs for landlord evictions because of backlogs in local sheriff’s departments.
- Making the names of parties public so that landlords can check potential tenants against a list of tenants with previous issues.
- Tenants need to get permission before appealing if they’ve been issued an eviction order. Right now their right to appeal is automatic even if they still haven’t paid their rent.