FCLS may provide legal representation in the following areas of landlord and tenant law:
- Eviction hearings: Your landlord has made an application to evict you.
- Motions to set aside an eviction Order: Your landlord got an Order to evict you because he/she told the Landlord and Tenant Board that you breached the terms of a legal agreement or that you agreed to end your tenancy.
- Motions to void an eviction Order: Your landlord got an Order to evict you because you owe rent money, but you are able pay this money before you are locked out of your home.
- Illegal lockouts: Your landlord has locked you out of your home without following proper legal procedure.
- Reviews of eviction hearings: You were not reasonably able to participate in your Landlord and Tenant Board hearing and an Order was made to evict you. You want a new hearing.
FCLS may provide summary advice and referrals to private bar lawyers in the following areas of landlord and tenant law:
- Repairs and maintenance: Your landlord is not providing the repairs and maintenance you need.
- Harrassment and interference with reasonable enjoyment: Your landlord, an agent of your landlord, or another tenant is harassing you or making it unpleasant for you to live in your home.
- Rebate and rent reduction: Your landlord owes you money because he/she charged illegal rent, discontinued a service included in your rent, made you pay an illegal charge, or received a reduction in municipal taxes.
Flemingdon Community Legal Services does not provide assistance in the following cases:
- Landlord requests for assistance.
- Disputes against other tenants.
- Tenants not covered by the Residential Tenancies Act (ex: co-ops, persons sharing a bathroom or kitchen with the landlord, university residences).
- Above-guideline rent increase hearings (for help organizing co-tenants for this type of application, contact the Federation of Metro Tenants Association at 416-413-9442).
Useful links and information
- Landlord and Tenant Board forms can be printed from the Landlord and Tenant Board website (http://www.ltb.gov.on.ca/en/Forms/STEL02_111308.html)
- The Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario provides “tip sheets” to help tenants with common issues (http://www.acto.ca/en/tenant-info/tenant-tip-sheets.html)
- The Federation of Metro Tenants Association provides information about tenant rights and responsibilities through the “Tenant Hotline” (416-921-9494)
- For help finding affordable housing, contact your closest Housing Help Centre (http://www.toronto.ca/housing/housing-help-services.htm)
- If you believe you are facing discrimination in finding or keeping housing, contact the Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA) (1-800-263-1139 ext.22)
If you are working, the Rent Bank may provide an interest-free loan of up to two month’s rent to help you keep your housing (416-924-3862)