The Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) aims to address issues regarding tenancy under the Residential Tenancies Act. The board protects the legal rights of landlords and tenants alike by reinforcing landlords provide suitable living conditions for the tenant and putting in place orders to ensure the landlord is paid rent on time. The LTB addresses numerous issues ranging from late rent, eviction, and rent increase to tenant rights.
This month The Social Paralegal will focus on the various applications that can be filed under the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA). The LTB is a well-known area of practice for paralegals and within their scope. Paralegals do not require a lawyer to represent a client in most tribunals including the LTB. Paralegals can assist you in filling out your applications, filing your applications, explaining your legal options to you and representing your matter before the Landlord and Tenant Board.
Why hire a paralegal?
Many individuals find it challenging to fill out the applications appropriately. Minor issues can lead to applications being disregarded. For instance, suppose you rent a house to tenants, different tenants on each floor. If you file an application to have a tenant removed due to non-payment of rent, and the board allows for this, the decision may become void if you fail to specify if you want the tenant on the top floor or the bottom floor of the residence removed.
Another issue most individuals fall victim to is the math. There are reimbursements that the applicant is entitled to under the RTA that you may not be aware of, a paralegal can help explain these reimbursements to you.