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I have a hearing coming up at the Landlord and Tenant Board but I heard they are closed. What should I do?

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I have a hearing coming up at the Landlord and Tenant Board but I heard they are closed. What should I do?
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I have a hearing coming up at the Landlord and Tenant Board but I heard they are closed. What should I do?
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April 8, 2020
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COVID-19 Evictions
COVID-19 Evictions

Guide to eviction rules during the coronavirus emergency.

As of March 19, 2020, all in-person hearings at the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) are postponed. Counter services are also closed until further notice. The LTB should contact you about a new date. If you are represented by a lawyer or paralegal, make sure to tell them right away if the LTB contacts you.

If the LTB considers your situation urgent, they might hold a hearing by telephone, and they might schedule it very quickly.

This could happen if your landlord is claiming that you have done something that is:

  • illegal, or
  • a serious threat to the safety of other tenants or the landlord.

This could also happen if you applied to the LTB because your landlord has illegally evicted you or locked you out.

If you get a notice, email, or message about a telephone hearing, make a note of your hearing date and the LTB file number. Then try to get legal help right away. You can contact your local community legal clinic. You can also register for tenant duty counsel advice. To register, go to www.tdc.acto.ca or call 1-877-374-0391.

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