Some helpful clarifications from the LTB regarding evictions

March 30th, 2020 by Iler Campbell

Update: the LTB has updated their website forms section to include the Request for Urgent Hearing Motion Form and Instructions for the Request for Urgent Motion Form. See our update for full details.

You may have heard that the LTB has suspended hearings related to eviction applications as well as the issuance of eviction orders. A recently posted update on their website clarifies that while they’re not hearing arrears or N5 or N5C applications, they will continue to hear serious cases in which an N6, N6C, N7 or N7C was served. It is not entirely clear from the update whether they will be proceeding with all of these applications or just those that they deem to be urgent.

We will continue to post updates on our blog as they become available.

Here is the entirety of the update:

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, Tribunals Ontario is taking action to safeguard the health and well-being of all Ontarians, while continuing to ensure access to justice. The Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) has reviewed the appropriate approach to conducting hearings and until further notice the LTB is suspending:

         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.

Hearings related to eviction applications will not be scheduled at this time.

All incoming applications will continue to be processed. Hearings for matters not relating to evictions will proceed by the most appropriate means (telephone or written hearing) and orders for these matters will be issued.

Tribunals Ontario is actively monitoring COVID-19 developments and will update our policies based on advice from the Ministry of Health, Chief Medical Officer of Health and public health officials to protect Ontarians.

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