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When rent goes unpaid, Housing Providers often find themselves in a tough spot, unsure of how to proceed within the confines of Canadian law. Fortunately, there are legal avenues for Landlords and Property Managers to recover unpaid rent, and one such option is hiring a collections agency.
The eviction process in Ontario is governed by the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) and enforced by the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB). The LTB is responsible for mediating disputes between Landlords and Tenants, adjudicating claims, and issuing orders when necessary.
The ability for Landlords to report Tenant rent payments to credit bureaus is relatively new. But it is one that is making waves across the country as Landlords seek to attract Tenants with histories of timely payments and avoiding those who have long lines of late payments, delinquencies, and even evictions in their past.
Tenant screening is often one of the least enjoyable aspects of managing a property. Yet, having a robust Tenant screening process is critical to minimizing risk and identifying the best fit for your rental. As part of that process, credit checks provide the essential resource of data needed to assess Tenant reliability and start the Tenant-Landlord relationship off on the right foot.
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