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Posted by5 hours ago

This is a cross post from PFC. Thanks for StatisticanLivid710 who introduced this sub to me.

https://www.reddit.com/r/PersonalFinanceCanada/comments/vm7sg5/have_to_cancel_a_lease_before_tenant_moving_in/


Background:

Home owner in Ottawa, ON. I puchased a bigger house this past May and the closing date is 07/06/2022. I have also signed a one year lease agreement with my new tenant on 06/15/2022 for my current house through my agent- deposit not received yet and lease starts 07/15/2022.

Long story short, 06/24 I was adivsed by both agent/lawyer that there is title related issue that could take months to resolve. 06/27 I got formal confirmation from seller lawyer that they cannot the deal.

My agent contacted tenant's agent on 06/25 to notify them my situation, let them know that I have nowhere to go but staying in the house once the new house deal fail (now confirmed 06/27). We would have to cancel the lease before they move in, and we are willing to compensate. The monthly rent is 3300 market rent and our initial offer to compensate is 2000. I am prepared to negotiate.

Issue:

I believe our agent has explained our situation well but tenant's agent said, "after discussing options with my clients and reviewing the available rental unit based on inventory and prices they have chosen to stay at [our house]'.

I have forwarded the message to my lawyer. Meanwhile, I am also trying to call Landlord Tenant Board. I fully understand that this is my fault unable to fullfill my lease agreement obligation. What I should do now? I know this situation is rare, but can tenant kicks landlord out while landlord is living there?

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Posted by15 hours ago

I have some general contractors to fix things in a new purchase and they offered to rent from me. They seemed to do a good job for my house but I am not too sure on their character or income stability. What should be the key info I ask from them before accepting to lease to them? I’m thinking of requiring the following:

  • 3x rental income, good credit score (>700), good employment and tenancy history / references, criminal and background check

  • First + last month rent

  • Tenant insurance

Anything else I should consider?

Thank you in advance!

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Posted by1 day ago

Link to previous post: https://www.reddit.com/r/OntarioLandlord/comments/vb1meb/question_about_tenants_rights_landlord_is_not/

Hello - its been about 2 weeks since I posted, and I had a follow-up question so I'm creating a new thread here with an update.

I reported this issue to the landlord 6 weeks ago, and after several back and forth emails, my landlord has communicated to me that they are out of the country (returning in a few months) and can not call contractors on my behalf. In addition, the "agent" they employed is unable to help us due to other commitments. Therefore, the landlord has requested that I find and hire a contractor to have this issue fixed. The landlord has committed to pay for the job. However, I am not too keen on taking on the entire responsibility of sourcing a contractor as I have previously called some contractors for this issue and have not had much luck in finding someone reliable. Additionally, I also have limited time during working hours, so I doubt I will be able to make more than 1/2 calls with contractors per day.

I was wondering what my options are in this case. Would it be possible to negotiate a decrease in rent while I continue to make calls and find someone? I feel a rent decrease may be justified as the landlord is attempting to offload their responsibility to me. Additionally, I do not sympathize with the landlord's excuse as they do not reside in Canada permanently, and only visit a few times a year. Are there any alternative options?

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Posted by1 day ago

My LTB online status has changed to online negotiation, does anyone know how long to wait to have the hearing date?

Thanks!

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Posted by3 days ago

If the lease agreement says the tenant is responsible to pay but the bill is under the landlord's name, in the event of non-payment by the tenant, is the landlord still obligated to pay the electrical bill?

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