Ontario's rental laws are broken for both tenants and landlords. Unfortunately, today's politicians lack the political skill and leadership to fix it.
Fixing it involves finding a balance between the two sides - neither tenant groups nor landlords will get everything they want - and the political calculation is that nobody will point the finger at the government for keeping the current broken system.
This morning on Slaw (an online legal publication), a regular contributor and lawyer posts about a particularly egregious case where a tenant was able to drag out legal processes for 18 months while not paying rent.
In what very well might be a record for living rent free, a recent case illustrates how a tenant was able to live rent-free for over 18 months despite agreeing to an Order requiring him to vacate the unit.
Landlords point to these kind of tenants - who abuse the legal system - as evidence the law is too heavily weighted in favour of tenants.