COVID-19 and Contracts
The current situation has caused many to re-evaluate their contracts when dealing with companies and individuals. With health taking on the primary focus, many are not honouring or fulfilling their contractual obligations.
There are many angles to contracts that must be considered, including frustration, cancellation, force majeure, pre-payment, deposits, and partial-performance. Each situation must be looked at and analyzed. Lockwood Paralegal Firm strives to help those who have been wronged during this pandemic.
COVID-19 and the Landlord and Tenant Board
The Ontario Government has issued an order indicating all evictions are to be stayed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The stay was lifted on August 4, 2020. More information can be read by clicking here. In addition to this, the Landlord and Tenant Board is postponing all hearings. More information can be read by clicking this link. The LTB has resumed eviction hearings virtually using Microsoft Teams.
Unfortunately for all Ontario landlords and tenants, the majority of the province is struggling, with money becoming increasingly tight for everyone. This has led to tenants choosing to pay for essentials, such as food, over their rent. This is completely understandable given the circumstances and must be taken into consideration by all landlords. We implore all landlords to keep an open-mind during the length of this pandemic and be compassionate given the circumstances.
With that being said, all rent for this period in time will have to eventually be paid in full by tenants. This tenuous time must be worked out reasonably and respectfully between the parties. It is our intention to help all our clients work through this tough time together. We have developed some strategies to help both landlords and tenants who have unpaid rent get through this difficult time.