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Common Tenant Problems - Harassment by Landlord

This section is for renters to discuss issues regarding being harassed by their landlords.

You do not have to accept harassment from your landlord or their employees or representatives!  Harassment is something that you can apply to the Landlord and Tenant Board to have redressed, information regarding filing a T2 application at the Landlord and Tenant Board due to harassment is available here.

In addition to this forum there are some terrific information resources available on this topic:

• From Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO), Landlord Harassment.

• From Steps to Justice, My landlord is harassing me. What can I do?

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« on: January 07, 2023, 06:52:43 am »
I received today an N4, notice to end your tenancy for non-payment of rent.

It says I owe $17.04.

Pay the amount by Jan. 20, 2023. This is called the termination dare.


Move out by the termination date.

The rent paid and rent charged is incorrect.

I never received my last month's interest.

These owners constantly threaten me with evictions for over 4 years.

Any suggestions, this is very stressful.


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Re: Extortion
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2023, 04:04:42 pm »

Any suggestions, this is very stressful.

I'm sure that others will chime in other suggestions, but to begin with, be sure to pay the $17.04 right away.  Paying this should nullify the eviction, but you should also confirm that the eviction proceedings won't accidentally proceed without your knowledge after you have paid – ask your landlord to provide a receipt, and to confirm that the eviction proceedings are terminated.


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Re: Extortion
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2023, 03:09:00 am »

You should consider filing a "T2 - Application About Tenants Rights" with the landlord and tenant board.

Here's the T2 Form, and the T2 Information Booklet.

I know that lots of tenants have tried this and been dissatisfied with the results, to be successful at the LTB you should have solid evidence (photos, recordings of phone conversations, written documents like notices and letters they have given you, and keep a detailed log of the dates and times they harassed you) and research other similar cases, and maybe get a paralegal to help you.

Is there anyone else in your building who has faced similar harassment?  They could be an ally who could help, and your case would be stronger with multiple witnesses (victims).


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Re: Extortion
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2023, 07:54:25 pm »
Some landlords/their minions are kinda trigger-happy. Mine had their debit machine break down; my major bank charges like $75 for printed cheques but without regards to my situation I got a notice of termination pronto. The cheek!

Sometimes the left hand doesn't know what the right one is doing at any given moment in time. I would try to make detailed notes "for possibly future use", heh. Doesn't have to be fancy - just a Notepad file "on this day this happened" and "over the following week I did this". Just enough to show the member of the tribunal (or his or her mediator) that you applied a degree of diligence over "x" period of time.

I've noticed that in condos the owners MUST have at least one annual meeting - and hopefully tenants are invited to follow along - but sometimes even that minimum standard is not met (this is called dysfunctional). Conversely resident meetings and fire drills appear to take place like NEVER (!) in rental buildings that I'm familiar with, especially at the low end (is there still such a thing).
« Last Edit: March 24, 2023, 08:09:17 pm by romank »


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