If you are a renter during covid-19, Focus Paralegal has put together a list of rental questions and answers for you!

Here is a list of the most common questions tenants are asking..

  1. Can my landlord evict while Covid 19 measures are in place?
  2. Can my landlord serve me papers/ forms?
  3. Is there a way to avoid eviction?
  4. If I can only afford to partially pay my landlord, should I even bother to pay rent?
  5. Can the landlord withhold services and maintenance if I am not paying rent?
  6. What should I do if the landlord is not meeting these obligations?
  7. If I get evicted, will I still owe the landlord money?

  1. In most cases no, however there are exceptions.
  2. Yes. These documents will be filed by the landlord with the Landlord Tenant Board (LTB). When hearings resume a decision may be made to allow the landlord to evict you.
  3. Yes. The LTB is an impartial body. If a tenant presents a viable resolution, the LTB will give
    serious consideration to it.
  4. It is important to pay what rent you can, even if it is only a partial payment. When appearing before the LTB, this will speak to your character and will likely work in your favour.
  5. The landlord has legal obligations and must provide services and maintenance included in the lease agreement, whether rent payments are made or not.
  6. File the correct forms with the LTB. If the matter is urgent, request an emergency hearing with the LTB. It is possible to receive rebate should your landlord fail to fulfill their obligations.
  7. Yes. The landlord has the right to sue you in Ontario Small Claims Court. If successful, the landlord has a number of options including garnishing wages, or place a lien on inheritances and assets. By the landlord renewing a judgement every six years, this debt could follow a person for the rest of their life.

If you are a landlord or you have more questions visit focus paralegal at www.focusparalegal.com

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