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Tenant Refuses to Leave, Now what?

Landlord's Legal Options in Ontario

What Happens if a Tenant Refuses to Vacate the Rental Property After an Eviction Order is Issued in Ontario?

After receiving an eviction order, if a tenant in Ontario does not move out, the landlord may have to resort to further legal action to enforce the order. This typically involves applying for a Writ of Possession from the Ontario Court of Justice, which grants the Sheriff's office the authority to physically remove the tenant and their belongings from the rental unit.

It's important to note that landlords cannot take matters into their own hands by changing the locks or shutting off utilities, as this is illegal and can lead to substantial legal consequences. Instead, landlords must rely on the Court Enforcement Office (the Sheriff's Office) to carry out the eviction.

If the tenant has caused damage to the rental unit or owes rent, the landlord may also be able to pursue legal action to recover any damages or unpaid rent.

It's crucial for landlords to understand that the eviction process in Ontario can be a lengthy one, often taking several months to complete. If the tenant believes that the eviction notice is not valid, they may choose to fight the eviction by seeking legal advice or contacting Ontario's Rental Housing Enforcement Unit. Therefore, it's important for landlords to comply with all legal procedures and obtain professional legal advice if necessary.

If you're a landlord looking to evict a tenant, the process can be complicated and time-consuming. Fortunately, 12 Gates Property Services is here to help. We offer a range of administrative support services to assist landlords with the eviction process, including:

  • We work with your Legal Representative, following the instructions and timelines given by the Courts.

  • We will serve the necessary eviction notices to tenants and ensure that all legal requirements are met.

  • Our team can coordinate with law enforcement to schedule the physical eviction of the tenant, if necessary.

  • We also provide additional services such as occupancy checks, and property inspections (initial and weekly),

  • On the day of eviction, we provide lock changes and securement, debris removal, residential cleaning, minor and major home repairs, pest control.

  • Implementing home maintenance systems while the property sits vacant.

  • Redirect/transfer of utilities, tenant re-entry appointments, delivery of keys/packages,

  • Along with many other support services specific to the needs of your situation.

At each step of the process, our aim is to provide landlords with reliable and comprehensive support, including providing reports that document the events that occur at the property throughout the process.

Our ultimate goal is to make the eviction process as smooth and stress-free for landlords as possible. With 12 Gates Property Services, you can rest assured that your eviction will be handled with the utmost professionalism and care.

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