Landlord-Tenant Disputes

Landlord-Tenant Disputes

Landlord-Tenant Disputes

How Landlord Tenant Disputes Arise?

Before any rental unit is secured and a lease is signed, rent should be negotiated between the tenant and landlord. When these negotiations occur the rent cost should be based on what the tenants get out of the property. That can include maintenance of the property, security of the property and utilities.

Lease disputes stem from an arrangement when rent is raised without notice, or raised by a large number. When rent is agreed upon, it should be a final sum. It can not be increased with notice, nor can it be left unpaid in a healthy tenancy agreement. However, if the landlord-tenant relationship is unhealthy and transparency over rent is an issue it becomes a legal matter and needs to be resolved.

What can you do?

Ultimately, landlord tenant disputes need to be resolved. If they can’t be resolved through simple communication, they may need to be seen in court. Although the situation can go to court, you don’t always need a civil litigation lawyer to represent you.

More often than not, these issues can be settled by the landlords and tenants themselves. This is the most cost-efficient way to resolve issues in rent. Simple communication and transparency can go a long way in resolving these issues. Discussing an issue with your landlord that you think is unfair, or talking to your tenant about rent they owe is a fair and just approach through a lease.

If talking with one another does not work then the court could be on the horizon. However, keep in mind that hiring a litigant can be too cost-prohibitive for a matter where money is already the main focus. Instead, applying to the Landlord and Tenant Board for a hearing is usually the best course of action.

Referencing the Landlord and Tenant Board can provide insight into any situation before seeking court resolution. However, if the court is the only option, there is an alternative available to you. If you are unable to represent yourself, having a paralegal represent your case in court can provide professional representation at an affordable price.

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Things To Keep In Mind About Landlord-Tenant Disputes

The Landlord and Tenant Board is in place to ensure that the rights and responsibilities of both parties are accessible. The Board’s website has a wealth of resources regarding landlord tenant disputes and steps to take for both parties should the tenancy agreement fall through over rent.  

Tenants rights are incredibly important in any tenancy agreement. Because of this, the government has created many resources to ensure that the tenant is protected. However, the landlord also has rights and are protected as well. The Landlord and Tenant Board covers any issue that may arise. They can be contacted, and you can apply to have a hearing through them. They also have the forms necessary to file, should rent cause an irreparable issue within the tenancy relationship.

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The Commercial Tenancy Act (CTA) is another easily accessible and vital resource for both the landlord and tenant. This is the bread and butter for legal matters regarding a commercial tenancy agreement. Also, it further covers the rights and responsibilities of both parties in greater depth.

Hummingbird Lawyers’ Civil Litigation team can stand up for you and ensure you come to an effective and pragmatic solution. Contact Hummingbird Lawyers today to request a consultation to learn what your next steps should be.

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  • Reply February 17, 2020

    Reza Habibi

    I have a single mom tenant in my townhouse in Newmarket since Sep 2019. she always has been late for paying the rents as I have 4 NSF cheques. she has completely stopped paying me the rent since Jan 2020. I have filled in LTB in Toronto on Feb 3rd.I just received a letter for hearing date that is May 20. This date would be so late for me as how may I pay my mortgage over these months? I want to have hearing date as soon as possible. I am wondering how may I do that. Thanks a lot for your help in advance.

    • Reply February 18, 2020

      Hummingbird Lawyers

      thanks for your message, Reza.
      To get a reply on your comment it would be best to reach out to our litigation lawyer.

  • Reply April 23, 2020


    I have the following situation: So my first payment for the basement was on April 26th, 2019 for $1,200 ($600 for deposit and $600 first month). I lived in this room for 4 months and then asked them to move to another room which was smaller and the rent was $400. I lived in this one from September 26, 2019 and I informed them on March 12, 2020 that I won’t leave there anymore starting next month and handed over the key on March 27th. So the situation is that she doesn’t want to give me back my deposit of $600 until someone new moves there. (I left the place in perfect condition) And I think this is not fair. She answered that I had to let them know 2/3 months in advance, but she never told me about that rule. Even I asked them for a contract/ agreement with rules and for a receipt once I do my payments but they never did. During my months there they suddenly start to add rules that they never told me. As having guests. None of the rooms where delivered clean. And knowing this situation I believe it is unfair what she is doing with me. Moreover she was texting me in a rude manner making racist comments like “I forgot you are not Canadian and you don’t know about the law here” speculating the reason of not providing a contract and other comments out of place. Also, I would like to add that on December 2019 she texted me for an increase on my rent of $100 more dollars. I was surprised that this tiny room would cost me almost the same as the one before. But I did a research and I read that she cannot do an increase of $100 if I just lived there for 8 months (in that moment) and the amount of increasing it was enormous. And that she needs to notify for months in advance not from a day to another. I let her know that I read that the increase was 3% annually and that I could add my 3% (even I haven’t live there for a year) and she answered “Ok leave it like that”. I didn’t spend my all time at home, mostly I was working or sleeping for long days in another friend’s house (not consuming hydro there, etc). Overall I understand I was a good tenant.

    So my questions are the following:
    -what can I do with this situation?
    -I haven’t heard from her and it’s been a month so I am afraid that she doesn’t find anyone to live there so she can give me my money back.
    – Is it fair what she is doing?
    – Could she add rules that never told me before moving?
    – Was it ok that I handled over the key before my deposit back?
    – Does deposit work like that? (I thought this was on a bank account untouched only to repair damages if there were).
    – She was assuming about the place I lived before telling me that I need to be careful with my decision because the other place didn’t give me my deposit back. But they did. I don’t know why she came up with that. Isn’t that privacy issues?

    • Reply April 23, 2020

      Hummingbird Lawyers LLP

      Thanks for your message, Awilda.
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