FORD GOVERNMENT CONSIDERING WAYS TO SPEED UP EVICTIONS: REPORT

Feb 06, 2019

By Jane Brown

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We are learning Premier Doug Ford’s government is looking to make it easier for landlords to evict tenants by cutting the waiting periods for eviction notices from 11 to 6 days, and allowing private bailiffs to remove renters.

A published report this morning quotes internal government documents which show the Ontario Progressive Conservatives are considering this proposal.

Under the current Bailiff’s Act, bailiffs must be appointed by the government and cannot use force to seize or repossess your things or evict commercial tenants, evict residential tenants or execute court orders.

But the Conservative discussion paper reveals Ford’s administration hopes to streamline the process as part of an overall strategy to boost the supply of rental housing. The document suggests the government is aware this plan could be unpopular with renters.

A statement from the office of Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Steve Clark says they are “working to develop an action plan to increase the supply of housing in Ontario which will be announced this spring.”

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