As of March 18, 2020 the Ontario Government has suspended the issuing of eviction notices until further notice. Sheriffs have been asked to suspend the enforcement of eviction orders, including scheduled eviction orders. Evictions are paused until further notice. You can find a copy of the Chief Justice Court Order here.
Please note — this is for general information purposes only and not intended to be legal advice.
- Tenants are still expected to pay their rent on time.
- Tenants should keep copies of messages to their landlord to show that they tried to pay their rent on time. Tenants should document how they informed their landlord that they could not pay their rent on time. Tenants who pay their rent late or fail to pay their rent will enter arrears (they will owe their landlord for their late rent).
- Tenants who have reduced hours or are laid off as a result of COVID-19 or are in quarantine and unable to work and cannot pay their rent on time should inform their landlord as early as possible.
- Tenants who lose income because of COVID-19 should document changes to their finances. This includes saving letters, emails or text messages showing that you were laid off or had your hours reduced because of COVID-19.
- If your landlord files to evict you at the Landlord and Tenant Board, tenants can request that their landlord meet with them so they can negotiate a plan to pay back their arrears.
- Generally speaking, if a tenant has never had problems paying their rent before and is able to show a realistic plan to both pay their rent on time and pay their landlord arrears the Landlord and Tenant Board Members give tenants a chance to repay any late rent before terminating a tenancy.
- Landlords can still serve notices to tenants and fax applications to the Landlord and Tenant Board. As a tenant, your landlord can still serve you notices such as an N4 if you miss your usual timeline to pay your rent. Neither the Federal nor the Provincial Government have suspended rent payments.
- If you have more specific questions and live in Toronto Centre, please email [email protected]
MPP Morrison is working with MPP Andrea Horwath to ensure tenants are protected during the COVID-19 pandemic
Horwath calls for strong, legislated eviction protections during COVID-19 pandemic
MPP Andrea Horwath released the following statement regarding news that some landlords are attempting to evict tenants during the COVID-19 pandemic on March 19, 2020:
“We are very troubled to be hearing that landlords continue to attempt to evict tenants, despite the moratorium on eviction orders being issued during the COVID-19 pandemic.
I’m calling on Doug Ford to table a bill when the Legislative Assembly returns next week to guarantee in law that no one can be evicted for any reason during the pandemic, nor punished in any way for missing a rent payment.
As much as possible, Ontarians should not be leaving their homes as we all practice social distancing, and they certainly should not be tossed onto the streets, and left to scramble for a new home right now.
I’m offering the support of the Official Opposition to draft this legislation and ensure same-day passage, as well as to build a plan to widely and effectively communicate the new law to landlords and tenants.
The federal government’s support package is a welcome relief for many – but it’s too slow to flow, and will leave folks with half as much income for the month. For many in Ontario’s challenging housing market, that just won’t cut it when it comes to paying the rent and keeping the lights on.”