I finally got a hearing with the LANDLORD TENANT BOARD after 9 months!!
deadbeat tenant used forged salary letter and credit report to secure the rental place in February
deadbeat immediately stopped paying rent in March (first month after he moved in)
deadbeat never transfer over utilities account (all the accounts are still under my name...)
I prepared a L1 (eviction hearing request with the LTB) on April 7th, 2020. I was the first batch of L1 filed after the moratorium. To this date I still can't get a **** hearing.
In the beginning, I didn't tell this deadbeat that I know his application were fraudulent because there was no way for me to get a hearing with the LTB. In August, I was finally fed up. I filed a police report and a L2 (eviction request due to criminal activity). I spoke to police officers on August 7 and they were telling me they are getting SO many calls these days because of people just refuse to pay rent. It's gotten a little ridiculous. They took in my police report because there were fraud elements to it.
Fast forward several months later (and $30k loss later), police finally got back and told me they'll arrest and charge this deadbeat. And I also got an email from landlord and tenant board saying that I will get my hearing for the L2 application.... Yes the L1 I filed on April 7, 2020 still have not been reviewed.... I suspect they are not holding hearings for non-payment issue... After 9 months, I finally get some response...
I was so frustrated with the snail speed displayed by the LTB, I decided to reach out to the Ombudsman's office. they actually responded rather quickly. I had an hour conversation with a case manager at the ombudsman's office. Here is a summary of our conversation
the hearing delay is insane.... some regions in Ontario already had one year backlog before COVID. on LTB website, they claim they will try to schedule a hearing after 25 days of initial filing... lol
they added 30 adjudicators this month and plan to add more soon.
they are getting a lot of complaints about the LTB. they even have a standard questionnaire for LTB now...
I told her I am fine with the government expropriate private properties during wartime/time of emergency, but we should be compensate for it. Doug Ford is essentially telling us, "you have to pay for the living expense of another family". I told her, even Nazi Germany paid Hugo Boss for their uniform.... and we supposedly live in a country where private ownership should be respected?
apparently, there are tons of professional/full time rent strikers... their day job involves in putting up signs and walk around the neighborhood telling people to live rent free... weird eh....
I told her there should be a registry for both bad tenant and bad landlord (like a credit system). people who does shit like renoviction or skipping rent payments should be made public. so people won't do business with them in the future
rent is essentially a business. I understand the business come with risk. I am perfectly fine with losing money due to non-payment. but what I am not ok is when the government force us to continuously take that loss. LTB is in place so any non-paying renter will enjoy one year + free living arrangement.... this is bullshit.. if you are a restaurant owner, and some deadbeat dine and dash on you and comes back next day, do you have to serve him food??? we have to keep on providing a rental space to deadbeat after months and months of non payment??? I am perfectly happy to pay someone 5 grand and kick him out myself... we don't need LTB to hear our case in regard to non-payment... truthfully, WTF is hearing for non-payment for.. there is no argument to be made...
Worst part is, even though the system is designed to favour the tenant, but it will only make the least desirable tenant harder to find a place. I guarantee you after the pandemic is over and people realize terrible this renting shit is, some people rather just choose not to rent or charge higher premium on people with bad credit score... renting is business, just like any business, the better credit score you have, the easier it is to secure more money.... I am more than happy to rent my place for $1800 to an Amazon Engineer than $2500 to someone who ... isn't an Amazon Engineer...
Anyways, that's my two cents... food for thoughts??