COVID-19, Unpaid Rent, Tight Wallets, and the Landlord and Tenant Board
The Ontario Government has issued an order indicating all eviction are to be stayed during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to this, the Landlord and Tenant Board is postponing all hearings.
Unfortunately for all Ontario landlords and tenants, the majority of the province is shut down, 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.
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