Toronto woman gets eviction notice after landlord tries to raise rent $200 per month
A Toronto tenant fears her landlord is trying to evict her in order to hike the rental fee associated with the unit she lives in.
There’s a very helpful Facebook group called Ontario Tenant Rights that is fantastic for knowledge and help with this kind of thing. I suggest any renter on here that has Facebook should join it just in case.
It's not just one Toronto tenant, it's thousands of tenants across the province. The story should be about how frequent fraudulent N12 evictions are. Many landlords decide to do it anyway and risk the fines, because they profit much more than the amount their penalized. It's just the cost of doing business.
Yes, in theory there are fines of up to $50k for bad faith evictions. In practice though, the highest fine I've seen for a bad faith N12 is around $1,000.
The problem is that the penalties for getting caught are so small that the landlords make that money back with higher rent in less than a year.
It's just another cost of doing business for them.
Not 'news' for anyone who's lived in Toronto for a while, but good reminder why it's important to for tenants to be aware of their rights. Good on Borromeo for pushing back and taking this to the LTB.
Geordie Dent, Executive Director at the Federation of Metro Tenants’ Associations, a group that advocates for renters, said some landlords are trying to evict tenants either by saying a family member needs the unit to live in, or that they need to renovate it – a term known as “renoviction.”
“This is extremely common right now in the city of Toronto. You are seeing a mass number of what we call fraudulent evictions," Dent said.
Dent said, within rent controlled buildings, a landlord can only raise the rent by the provincial guideline once per yet. However, if the tenant moves out, they can increase rent between tenants however much they like.
“A lot of landlords are committing fraud right now and they are defrauding tenants,” Dent said. “There is a real incentive for them to do so, because if they can push you out, they can jack up the rent.”
Buildings in Ontario constructed after November 2018 are not covered by rent control, and they can be subject to increases higher than the 1.2 per cent guideline.
As for Borromeo, she continues to pay her rent each month, and said she'll agree to whatever the LTB rules in her case.
Ontario’s Landlord Tenant Board still has a serious backlog with many hearings running months behind. Rents will continue to go up next year as the province has already approved its rent increase guideline for 2023 – 2.5 per cent.
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