What happens at the hearing

If there is a hearing, an LTB member will listen to why your landlord wants to evict you and why you think you should not be evicted.

It is up to your landlord to prove to the LTB that there is a legal reason to evict you. You have the right to question or challenge any witnesses or evidence your landlord brings to the hearing. And you have the right to speak and to bring your own evidence and witnesses.

Even if the LTB member agrees that there is a legal reason to evict you, the member can still decide not to evict you. The LTB member must always look at all the facts, for example, how being evicted would affect you or your family.

In some situations, the LTB must let you stay even if there is a legal reason to evict you. This applies if the LTB member agrees that your landlord:

  • has seriously failed to follow the law or the rental agreement, or
  • is trying to evict you because you did something to protect your legal rights or because you have children.

So, at your hearing, make sure to tell the LTB member everything that you want the member to think about when deciding whether to evict you. You might want to make notes and take them to the hearing so you can remember everything you want to say.

If your landlord’s application is about you owing rent and the LTB member decides that your landlord has not been following the law or the rental agreement, the member can make orders to deal with those problems. For example, if the LTB member decides that there are repair problems, they could order your landlord to fix the problems or cancel some of the rent that you owe.

The LTB will almost never cancel all the rent you owe. So, if you do owe rent, you should still try to suggest a payment plan that you think you will be able to follow.

The LTB member will make a decision either at the end of the hearing or later.

The LTB will put this order in writing and send copies to you and your landlord.

If you want the LTB to make orders about problems you have been having with your landlord, you must tell them and your landlord about the problem in writing. You can do this using the LTB form Issues a Tenant Intends to Raise at a Rent Arrears Hearing. You must tell them at least 7 days before your hearing day.

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