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Landlord and Tenant Disputes

Owning rental property in Toronto can be a great way to generate income. Unfortunately, having the wrong tenants can end up costing you more than you make. There are times when a landlord is left with no other choice but to begin the eviction process.

Other times, you may wish to evict a tenant even though there was no wrongdoing on their part. This includes situations as simple as wishing to get out of the rental business.

Eviction can be a complicated process, and it is important to make sure that you have a team of legal professionals on your side to ensure that everything is done legally so that the tenant does not have a case for a lawsuit against you.

The team of paralegals at Balatidis Legal Services can help you navigate the tricky waters of landlord and tenant disputes, and should it be necessary, our retained lawyers can take your case all the way to court.

The right expertise for your case

At Balatidis Legal Services, we retain lawyers who have an in-depth understanding of the Landlord and Tenant Board and the Residential Tenancies Act. These experts specialize in providing advice to landlords whether it be for evictions or for small claims.

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In the case of small claims, we can even help with enforcement through avenues such as wage garnishment, among others.  Our areas of expertise include:

  • Social housing tenancies – social housing comes with a unique set of rules and regulations which landlords must follow.  Having sound legal advice is important to avoid complications.
  • Rent arrears – when a tenant refuses to pay their rent, it can be very difficult for a landlord. Even under these circumstances, it is very important to have the right legal counsel so that you do not do anything illegal.
  • Persistent late payments – even though a tenant pays their rent, consistently being late with payments can be grounds for eviction. After all, late payments jeopardize your ability to pay your expenses as a landlord. It is important however, to have documented proof that you have tried to change the behaviour of the tenant.  
  • Repairs – In some cases you may wish to start the eviction process in order to make extensive repairs, demolish the building or to convert it into another purpose.
  • Quiet enjoyment – this refers to situations in which a tenant has made a property unenjoyable for either the landlord or other tenants, through rowdy behaviour, unruly pets or other causes.
  • Rent increases – as a landlord, your expenses can go up depending on a number of factors from inflation to taxes to major repairs and upgrades. While you may be tempted simply to pass these costs on to the tenant, it is important to understand what the law says about rent increases. According to the Residential Tenancies Act, a landlord may increase rates by a maximum of 1.6% (2015). If you wish to raise rates by a greater amount because you incurred extraordinary expenses in a given year, you must apply to the Board for permission to do so. These applications are quite complicated and landlords should seek legal assistance with these.

If you are a landlord in the Toronto area, don’t try to handle landlord tenant disputes on your own. Trust the professional advice of Balatidis Legal Services.