No Eviction Order Creating Difficult Situations For Some Northern Landlords
Provincial restrictions due to COVID-19 are slowly starting to loosen and more Ontarians are returning to work as the list of businesses that are allowed to re-open continues to grow.
The business of property rental was never ordered to close, but landlords have been feeling the adverse effects of the pandemic as some have been dealing with problem tenants who have been taking advantage of the province’s no evictions order.
Jeff Dupre has found himself between a rock and a hard place after selling his home in Sault Ste. Marie back in January, with the intention of moving into the Elliot Lake home that he has been renting out to a tenant who is now refusing to leave.
“I sold my place in January and gave the tenant the proper notice with an N12 notice and they never said anything, they just led on that they were moving out,” said Dupre. “I was supposed to move in on April 1, I gave 60 days notice. I phoned them on March 30 because they were supposed to be moving out on March 31 and she told me that she wasn’t moving out because of COVID-19.”
Collecting rent during the pandemic has also been a challenge for Dupre, who says the tenant pays sporadically, at her own convenience, and has become increasingly difficult to communicate with.
“It’s turned into a nightmare because I can’t even call her anymore, she says I’m harassing her,” said Dupre.
In the meantime, Dupre applied to the Landlord Tenant Board for a hearing, but has heard very little back in the six weeks since he first contacted them.
“I finally got in touch with Ford’s office, and they just kept telling me about the evictions because they don’t want people getting kicked out for not paying their rent during COVID-19,” said Dupre.
“My case has nothing to do with that, it was prior to COVID-19 and it was for my own use. I’m trying to get through to the government that this has nothing to do with non-payment, which was why the ban on evictions was put in, but (Ford) made a blanket statement of no evictions.”