The struggles between landlords and tenants are probably as old as civilization itself. Since the inception of real estate, there have been property owners property renters. Disputes occur with regularity here in Ottawa and across the province. The provincial government recently introduced new legislation intended to reduce the number of complaints that end up in the courts, although it may take time for everyone affected to get up to speed.
Introduced on April 20, the legislative package is called Ontario’s Fair Housing Plan. One of the aspects of the legislation that most impacts landlords and tenants is an amendment to the requirements for issuing an N12 notice to a renter. This is the notification a landlord gives to the tenant when he or she decides to evict in order to reclaim the rental unit for the owner’s personal use.
Before the Fair Housing Plan, landlord had only to serve notice; they did not have to offer any proof, and it was up to the tenant to prove any deception in court. Under the new rules, landlord are required to provide proof that either they or a family member is moving into the unit for a span of at least a year. The landlord will also have to compensate the tenant for a month’s rent, or find a new unit for the tenant. Tenants may challenge the notice, and do not have to move out until the matter is settled.
Although the new regulations may deter some unscrupulous landlords from taking advantage of their tenants, there will almost certainly be tenants who resist a legitimate eviction notice. The landscape for landlords and tenants in Ottawa is changing, but disputes will continue. For any person with a legal issue concerning rental real estate, it may be beneficial to talk to a lawyer who can explain your rights, and help with any legal battle that may take place.
Source: CBC News – Toronto, “Landlord said she needed the apartment, then it popped up for rent on Kijiji“, Shannon Martin, May 9, 2017