Ottawa Landlords Make Sure You Know The Ontario Human Rights Commission Rules For Landlords
Ottawa landlords know we have a lot of opportunities to succeed in the capital city.
We also know there are a lot of challenges out there.
The biggest challenge is doing professional tenant screening to avoid bad tenants and find some of the good tenants out there.
Evicting A Boy With Autism
A report about landlord and tenant matters in the Ottawa Citizen shocked people all over the country.
According to the Ottawa Citizen story, a family with a son who has autism was facing eviction from their Ottawa rental town-home because he was too ‘noisy.’
The parents said the property manager said there were some noise complaints from other tenants about their son.
They said it’s not their son’s fault because he has autism.
Not only that, the parents say the noise didn’t bother anyone else.
The parents explained while their son might occasionally have a few tantrums and like to climb the stairs this ‘noise’ should not have bothered anyone else.
The family said they received an eviction notice and were considering filing a Human Rights complaint against their landlord.
The eviction notice was a Form N5. The reason for the attempted eviction was because:
You, your guest or another occupant of the rental unit has substantially interfered with: the reasonable enjoyment of the residential complex by the landlord or another tenant, or another lawful right, privilege or interest of the landlord or another tenant.
The Public Was Shocked
The story had a big impact and was reported across Canada.
Whether it was the way the situation really went down or not, it looked to many people that a landlord was evicting a family because their son had a disability.
The posts on forums across the country were overwhelmingly negative against residential landlords.
Some people wanted to tar and feather us!
The Landlord Seemed To Be Unaware of the Ontario Human Rights Code and Backed Down
Soon after the landlord stopped eviction proceedings against the family and their autistic child.
The N5 sent was ‘voided’ and would not be pursued.
This landlord said they were committed to co-operating with the family and finding a solution to make things right and have the family continue to rent the property.
According to tweets from from Jordan Trimm and Guy W. Giorno the landlord who owned the property was a well-known Ottawa landlord.
Let’s Create a Good Image for Landlords
It’s important landlords everywhere present a good image to the public at all times.
This includes understanding the rules and following the Ontario Human Rights Commission rules for landlords.
There is a helpful new tool for landlords to learn our rights and responsibilities. It includes facts and even an online quiz you can take to make sure you know the law.
You can view it here: Human Rights and the Duty to Accommodate.
Landlords Make Sure You Are Aware of the Human Rights Code and Show the Public Residential Landlords are Informed and Professional.