Dean Thornhill, a small-scale landlord and resident of Brampton, Ont., has been waiting for almost six months to get an eviction hearing at the province’s Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB).
He claims problems with his tenants — who live in the basement of his home — started back in February. They were allegedly noisy and sent constant messages with “unrealistic demands,” leading him to file an eviction application citing harassment with the board (none of his claims have been proven).
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Then the pandemic hit, and Thornhill’s tenants stopped paying rent.
His application is now part of a massive backlog of pending evictions, and he has no sense of when his case will be heard, if he’ll get back the rent he’s owed, or when the tenants will be legally required to move out, if at all.
“If we do not get a hearing for another six months due to the backlog, there will be nothing we can do,” he said in an interview. “The system is broken.”