COVID-19: Landlord and Tenant Board UpdateUntil further notice, the Landlord and Tenant Board is suspending the issuance of new eviction orders and all hearings related to eviction applications, unless the matter relates to an urgent issue such as an illegal act or serious impairment of safety.

All eviction orders that have already been issued, are postponed until further notice.

Ontario Tribunals are implementing a new policy to postpone in-person hearings and reschedule to a later date.

Alternative hearing options such as written and telephone hearings will be considered to minimize disruption to hearings across the organization.

Be aware that all counter services will be closed until further notice.

Therefore, if you as a Landlord filed an application for Eviction for Non-Payment of Rent, do not expect a hearing to be scheduled until the emergency is over and well beyond it.

Whether you are a Landlord or a Tenant you are still able to file an application but only non-evictions applications will be heard by telephone or written hearing.

For applications of this kind, orders will be issued.

On March 20, 2020, the Government of Ontario issued an Emergency Order (O.Reg. 73/20) under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

The more relevant parts of the order are:

  • The suspension of limitations periods and procedural time periods related to tribunal proceedings retroactive to March 16, 2020;
  • If any party is unable to meet a deadline, Tribunal Ontario will allow the party to do so at a later date. It is very relevant for Landlord and Tenant applications that are not able to meet deadlines due to this emergency and having the opportunity to do it at a later date

Sources:

  • http://www.sjto.gov.on.ca/ltb-march-19-2020landlord-and-tenant-board-suspends-issuing-new-eviction-orders/
  • http://www.sjto.gov.on.ca/ltb/
  • https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/200073
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