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At Browne and Associates Legal Services our Paralegals pay close attention to your legal issues and desired outcomes and we focus our years of legal and practical experience on resolving your matter(s).  We offer a broad range of paralegal services to residents of our practice areas.  You need results.  We deliver! We begin by listening and […]

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Evictions Under Bill 184: Are They Really Easier?

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What is Bill 184? Bill 184 is comprised of at least in part changes to the Residential Tenancies Act, the law governing relations between residential landlords and tenants in Ontario.  Prior to the Bill’s passage, many tenant groups protested and warned us all that thousands of tenants will be evicted without a hearing.  In fact, […]

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Navigating the Complexities of Landlord and Tenant Law in the Times of Pandemic

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Introduction The Province of Ontario called a state of emergency on March 16, 2020.  A staged lock-down of the Province’s normal activities of business was called to contain the COVID-19 virus.  Among other tribunals, the Landlord and Tenant Board closed its doors to many of its services.  However, the Board still conducts telephone hearings and […]

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How We Are Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis

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COVID-19 F A Q 1.  What protective measures is Browne & Associates Legal Services taking during the COVID-19 Pandemic? We are concerned about our clients, suppliers and those in our office by ensuring that we minimize any dangers during the Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic.  By keeping our offices clean, wiping down all meeting areas with […]

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Pros and Cons of Becoming a Landlord in Ontario

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Landlording as a Business Many prospective investors have asked me if it was worth their while becoming a Landlord.  They read the horror stories in the newspapers about tenants that overstay their ‘visit’ for months at a time.  These tenants squat while their landlords continue to pay the bills.  They read about tenants that have […]

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TENANTS – A NEW EVICTION TRICK BY SOME LANDLORDS

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Landlord and Tenant Disputes Our office receives calls from Tenants who are bewildered after getting an eviction notice when they never got a Hearing at the Landlord and Tenant Board.  They ask me if it is legal to do this.  My answer to this as always, is “it depends”. I will often ask the Tenant […]

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Avoid Costly Errors at Your Next Eviction Hearing

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What Often Happens at Hearings I sit as an observer at the Landlord and Tenant Board.  I often do this when waiting for one of our firm’s cases. Today’s hearing blocks were for matters of arrears of rent.  On rent arrears days, landlords often try to do ‘self-help’.  That is, I see many of them […]

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Landlord and Tenant Matters (General)

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What is the Landlord and Tenant Board Like many of Ontario’s administrative tribunals, the Landlord and Tenant Board has a direct impact on the lives of many people.  Its functions include arbitrating disputes between landlords and tenants, governing over rent increases and enforcing the Residential Tenancies Act.  This Board stands out more than most of […]

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The New Standard Lease for Residential Tenancies- Additional Terms for use

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How the Standard Lease came to be…. The New Standard Lease, a solution in search of a problem, came into being April 30, 2018.   For most folk in the industry, Landlords and Tenants alike, this was not an issue. It wasn’t a pressing issue, it just wasn’t an issue at all. Industry players and pundits alike […]

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Resource – Sample Additional Clauses for the Standard Lease for Landlords and Tenants

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Sample Additional Terms for potential use in Section 15 of the Standard Lease,  Residential Landlord and Tenant issues in Ontario PLEASE NOTE – legal disclaimer, these are sample clauses designed to demonstrate the types of clauses that can be used to upgrade and personalize the Standard Lease.  The sample clauses do not and are not […]

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