Area of Law: Coronavirus COVID-19
Answer # 7302
What if a tenant can’t pay their rent?Region: Ontario Answer # 7302
Are tenants obligated to pay rent during COVID-19?
Yes, tenants must continue to pay their rent. If they are having trouble paying their rent due to self-isolation or restrictions which have prevented them from working, they can consider doing the following things:
- taking a loan from a financial institution or family member
- applying for the relief programs offered by both Federal and Provincial governments
- asking the landlord for payment deferral
- asking the landlord if you can have an additional tenant move in temporarily to help pay the rent
- moving to a place that is more affordable
- applying for social assistance
- applying for assistance through your local service manager
Can landlords issue eviction notices?
Yes, landlords can issue eviction notices, however, the provincial government is not issuing eviction orders, and the sheriff’s offices will postpone any scheduled enforcement of current eviction orders.
Tenants must pay rent while an eviction order is not being enforced.
Can the landlord raise your rent during pandemic?
Yes, regular rent increases can be made.
Do landlords have to keep paying property taxes and other expenses?
Yes, even if tenants do not pay rent, the landlord is responsible to pay property taxes, and other expenses that are normally paid by the landlord.
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