The Protecting Tenants and Strengthening Community Housing Act, 2020 also known as Bill 184, passed its Second Reading in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario and is set to be reviewed by the Standing Committee on Social Policy. While the name suggests that the act will “protect tenants”, many proponents of the Bill 184 will actually negatively impact tenants. Here are just a few of the proposals of Bill 184:
- Tenants won’t be able to go to the Landlord and Tenant Board if they miss a payment while on a repayment plan.
- Landlords will be able to seek compensation for rental arrears, overholding or damage to a rental from a tenant up to a year AFTER the tenant has already left.
- Landlords will be able to seek compensation for a tenant inhibiting another tenant from enjoying the facility or for a tenant not paying any utility costs, up to a year AFTER the tenant has already left.
- Tenants cannot apply to be reimbursed for an improper rental increase if they’ve already paid rent at the increased rate for at least twelve consecutive months.
While passing Bill 184 in general, would protect tenants less than its name suggests, passing it during a global pandemic would be even more detrimental to tenants. Many people’s finances have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and passing such a bill could add to an already overwhelming situation.
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