Residential Landlord and Tenant Law

Course Code: PLBA 2503

Academic Year: 2018-2019

This course examines the statutory regime in Ontario governing the landlord and tenant relationship in respect of residential tenancies. The constitutional issues and rationale in transferring landlord and tenant proceedings from the court process to a specialized tribunal are thoroughly analyzed. Students are introduced to the procedures, practice and interpretative guidelines of the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board empowered to enforce the rights and duties of landlords and tenants. A critical assessment is made of the changes in the application process and in the rent control regime triggered by the Residential Tenancies Act. The documentary requirements and data necessary for the proper prosecution of various types of applications are systematically examined. Simulated landlord and tenant proceedings and the probing observation of board hearings provide students with important insight into the dynamics of contested proceedings.