Landlord-Tenant Paralegal Toronto
How We Can Help You?
Real estate is one of the most profitable industries that you can ever invest in. That's why it does not come as a surprise that thousands of people invest their hard-earned money in pre-construction homes and condominiums intending to rent those out.
However, most of these people fail to understand that having money to buy properties is not enough to thrive in the real estate business. To succeed in this industry, you also need to have in-depth legal knowledge of the Residential Tenancies Act.
Many things can go wrong in this business. Since you are dealing with lots of people who have different beliefs, personalities, and mindset than yours, you will inevitably encounter disputes with your tenants.
And when worse comes to worst, you may even go against each other in court. To win in this battle, you may need the help of a landlord-tenant paralegal Toronto can count on. This is where Stonegate Legal Services comes in.
Our Areas of Representation
Below are some of the cases that we can help you with:
Non-payment of rent/Rent arrears
If your tenant failed to pay their monthly dues, we can help you in properly interpreting the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Act so you can determine what the next best move to take is.
If the only way to settle the issue is through a court process, we're here to help you with all the preparations and arrangements needed to properly and accurately present your case in court. In the event where the landlord wishes to proceed after an order has been given by the landlord-tenant board to evict a tenant, the landlord has the option of proceeding to the Toronto small claims court for any arrears owed.
Also called a tenancy for cause, this is the case you can file if your tenant, his friends, or any other person living in the unit violates the landlord-tenant agreement that you both signed and agreed on.
This is a tricky case since some of the acts that lead to eviction are subjective. The first step for this is to provide official notice to the tenant. The official notices must come from the Landlord and Tenant Board.
Our mission here is to ensure that you will use the proper notices. Moreover, we are here to guide you on how to correctly fill out the notices. A mistake in filling these forms will cost you not just the case, but your precious time, effort, and money.
Termination of tenancy
Before termination of tenancy can occur, the landlord must provide a Notice of Termination to the tenant to inform them of the landlord's grounds for termination.
If the tenant fails to resolve the issue after receiving the notice, the landlord should send an application to the Board. A hearing is required to evaluate the situation at hand.
Our mission is to help make the process as easy as possible for you. We do this by assisting you in filing for the notice, setting the date of the hearing, and acting as your legal representatives during the hearing.
Late rent payments
This is the most common issue that landlords have to deal with. Please take note that you need to follow a tedious and strict legal process before you can evict a late-paying tenant.
First, you need to give the last chance of warning to them. If they still don't pay on time after that, you may need to present a record of payment delinquency to obtain a payment on time order from the Landlord Tenant Board. If the tenant still fails to pay on time after this order has been issued, you can proceed with filing for an Order to Evict.
We can assist you in every step of the process to ensure that you will not violate any laws, and we will be able to present the required documents to the Board.
There are various conditions that a tenant's act must meet before it can be characterized as an illegal act. We will help you evaluate if your tenant's activities can be considered an illegal act.
If we deem it to be an illegal act as based on the conditions set forth by the Landlord Tenant Board, we will assist you in serving the tenant with an appropriate eviction date. Once the notice to terminate has been given to the tenant, we will help you file an application to evict.
Above all, we will assist you in preparing and presenting the burden of proof of the illegal act in court.
Damages to the Property/Disturbances
The wear and tear of a property is not the responsibility of the tenant. However, they are responsible for the repair of substantial damage that they, their guests, or their pets cause.
Aside from physical damage, damages may also include disturbances to the quiet of the other tenants in the building (or even the landlord) brought about by the tenant’s rowdy behavior or unruly pets.
With this issue, we will help you to properly document all the damages to the property your tenant caused. We will also assist you in establishing a burden of proof that we will present in court.
As a landlord, you will have to deal with increasing expenses due to a vast array of factors, including taxes, upgrades, and major repairs. You may be tempted to pass it on to your tenant. However, please take note that you must facilitate the rent increase in adherence to the Residential Tenancies Act.
Our job is to help you understand the clauses in this act so you can increase the rent of your tenant in compliance with the act.
Incomplete maintenance and repairs
If you're facing a case filed by your tenant due to incomplete maintenance and repairs, we will be your legal representatives at the Board, and we will assist you in defending yourself against your tenant's accusations.
As we promised, we will be with you every step of the way when it comes to handling your dispute with your tenant. Because of this, our services include writing and serving demand letters on your behalf.
Let Stonegate Landlord Tenant
Paralegal Toronto Services Help You
Landlord and tenant disputes are difficult to deal with. This is most especially true if you are not familiar with the legal process and issues. A simple mistake will cost you a lot of money. At Stonegate Legal Services, our goal is to prevent that and to ensure that the legal process will be hassle-free for you.
We have a combined 20 years of experience in real estate and property management, as well as representing landlords at the Landlord and Tenant Board.
To know how we can be of assistance to you, please give us a call! We can schedule a free consultation so you can determine what legal options you have. Whatever landlord and tenant disputes you are dealing with, Stonegate Legal Services is here to help you out.