Bill 192, Protecting Small Business Act, 2020 came into force on June 18. The goal of the act was to strong-arm qualifying landlords into the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program.
COVID-19 showed me that, notwithstanding one’s legal rights, landlords and tenants can co-operate, especially since their survival was interdependent. This is especially true during the height of COVID-19.
The net profit from a rental property is much less than tenants, media and the government believe, and it's these same entities who collectively think residential landlords are rich and can afford to carry all the consequent losses caused by COVID-19.
During this unprecedented time, the rules, relief available and government statements are ever changing. And they’re changing because of the various impacts COVID-19 is having on how and if we can work and how we live.
The new law passed by Doug Ford stating that landlords cannot evict tenants who don’t pay rent and/or who cause damage to the landlord’s investment is a grossly unjust, unprecedented and highly prejudicial law.
Very little of substance from any level of government in Canada gives me hope that affordable housing in Ontario will become a reality within the next decade, but I see much evidence that it won’t happen.
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