The Landlord and Tenant Board are just one of the many administrative tribunals established in Ontario. Governed by the Residential Tenancies Act, the Landlord and Tenant Board was created to be a cost-effective and specialized method to resolve disputes between Landlords and Tenants in Ontario. The Board has strict jurisdiction to deal with these disputes, they cannot be heard in Superior Court or Small Claims Court without approval.
As they are the first and most direct avenue to resolve these disputes it is imperative to know their rules and procedures, one typo or missed step can mean that your submission to the Board is automatically discarded and you have to start over. As some may know the Landlord Tenant Board is backlogged from the volume of applications from landlord and tenants, as such any error that can cause an application to be discarded can cause a detrimental effect to any applicants living situation or rental property.
Due to the volume of applications received by the Board, the Residential Tenancies Act provides multiple options for early resolution and their adjudicators strongly advocate for dispute resolution between the parties prior to the hearing. Dispute resolution prior to a hearing is the most time and cost-effective method, and this option allows for the parties involved to create a plan tailored to their needs. As dispute resolution can be one of the best options for Landlord and Tenants, it is best to have a legal representative with you to navigate your options, represent your interests, and ensure that you are making a deal that will work for you.
The most common applications that go through the Landlord Tenant Board include the L1 Application to Evict a Tenant for Non-Payment of Rent, the L2 Application to End a Tenancy and Evict, and the T2 Application about Tenant Rights. When a landlord and tenant relationship gets to the point of having to put forward these Applications to the Tribunal it is best to hand the matter over to a lawyer or paralegal to ensure that all steps and procedures are followed for Board approval.
Our team of legal representatives can assist you from beginning to end, including the drafting of Lease Agreements, completing of notices (i.e. N4 Notice to End Your Tenancy Due to Non-Payment of Rent), services of notices, dispute resolution, and hearing.
Whether you are a landlord for a single residential unit, an apartment complex, or a tenant, it is important that you not only know the rules and procedures of the Board but also that you know your responsibilities and rights as a landlord or tenant. The Residential Tenancies Act changes frequently and it is your job to make sure that you are upholding all of your responsibilities under your role in this relationship. As the rules change frequently it is best to get advice from an experienced representative to ensure that your rental property or a living situation remains amicable and healthy.
If you have any questions or concerns about your rights as a landlord or tenant it is important that you contact a legal representative as soon as possible to ensure that you file any necessary Applications as soon as possible to protect your rights.
Beginning with a free one-hour consultation our paralegals can assist you with explaining the Residential Tenancies Act, your responsibilities under it, and the remedies that you have if the relationship between landlord and tenant has deteriorated into disputes. Call FDT Law today at 1-800-563-6348.
Our team of legal representatives can assist you with:
- Drafting of Lease Agreements
- Completing of notices
- Services of notices
- Dispute resolution
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