Landlord's Nightmare: Tenant Plays System for 18-Mths "Free" Rent

By Joey Coleman // @JoeyColeman
Published: Dec 13 2016 (5 months ago) // Last Updated: Dec 13 2016 (5 months ago)

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.

The full Divisional Court ruling is available on CanLII

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