Monday, July 22, 2019

Greater Sudbury Landlord Association trying to level the playing field for building owners

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Greater Sudbury Landlord Association

The Greater Sudbury Landlord Association has amassed more than 30 members in just six short months of existence and their doors are open to new members.

Made up of landlords, professional realtors, and property managers, the GSLA is aiming to educate its members and visitors through monthly meetings that each focus on a different subject matter related to property management.

Guest speakers have included pest control experts, paralegals, city bylaw enforcement, and a member from the Landlord Tenant Board is in attendance at every meeting.

The GSLA was formed in January of this year and has held a meeting at the Caruso Club once a month since being formed.

“Landlords were a bit unsure of their rights and their responsibilities of being a landlord,” said Sherry Jordan, vice president of the GSLA. “We’re also looking to be a voice in the community to hopefully get some things changed at the provincial level that are more in favour of the landlord and not so one-sided to the tenant.”

Jordan says that things like tenant notices to vacate are very one-sided and can often leave landlords on the hook for a lot of money.

“If a landlord proceeds with an eviction for non-payment, a tenant has a right to file a stay, so even though the landlord has incurred all kinds of costs and waited all the time that the Landlord Tenant Board has told them to wait, even at the last minute you may not get your property returned to you,” said Jordan.

“Then you have to set another date in the landlord tribunal to try to get the tenant out again. We feel it’s very one-sided in favour of the tenant and we’d like to see some changes.”

Once monthly, the GSLA brings in a guest speaker to educate landlords on best practices for managing a property and tenants.

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