COVID-19: Effect on the Landlord and Tenant Board and Evictions

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On March 19, 2020, in response to COVID-19, Tribunals Ontario advised the public that certain hearings and applications were being suspended, including:

  • All hearings related to eviction applications, unless the matter relates to an urgent issue such as an illegal act or serious impairment of safety; and
  • The issuance of eviction orders, unless the matter relates to an urgent issue such as an illegal act or serious impairment of safety.

Tribunals Ontario makes clear that Hearings related to eviction applications will not be scheduled at this time and that Tribunals Ontario will not issue any new eviction orders until further notice.

This is in line with the earlier order obtained by the Ministry of the Attorney General which suspended the enforcement of residential evictions until ordered otherwise by the Court.

For matters not relating to evictions, Tribunals Ontario advised that hearings will proceed by other, appropriate means (ie. telephone or written hearing) and orders for these matters will continue to be issued.

The March 19, 2020 Notice regarding the Landlord and Tenant Board can be found here.

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