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I was not able to pay my rent this month and my landlord is threatening to evict me. What can I do?

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I was not able to pay rent this month and my landlord is threatening to evict me. What can I do?
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I was not able to pay my rent this month and my landlord is threatening to evict me. What can I do?
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August 5, 2020
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Landlords can't evict you themselves. This means they can't change the locks and they can't get someone else, like the police to evict you. Landlords have to follow a certain process to evict you. And only a court officer called the Sheriff is allowed to physically evict tenants.

On March 19, 2020, the courts put an order in place that stopped the Sheriff's office from evicting most tenants during the COVID-19 state of emergency. But this order was lifted on July 31, 2020.

This means the Sheriff's office can start evicting tenants again as of August 4. But your landlord must first follow the process and get an order from the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) before they can ask the Sheriff to evict you.

If your landlord is threatening to evict you now, you can:

If you can't get legal help, you can make an urgent application to the LTB using their online Form T2. There's a $48 filing fee which you have to pay by credit card or debit card. If you can't file or pay online, call ServiceOntario Centres for a list of their locations that accept applications for the LTB. At ServiceOntario you can pay by cash, certified cheque, or money order.

  • Call the police non-emergency number. Sometimes police officers won't get involved in this kind of situation. But many police forces are aware of the danger of illegal evictions during the COVID-19 crisis.

A housing lawyer has posted a more detailed list of things you can do if you think you're in danger of being evicted illegally.

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