About the Survey

This is a comprehensive and rather long survey intended to gather a significant amount of information regarding the experiences and practices of small landlords operating residential rentals in Ontario.  The survey provides background information which offers insight and context to the current regulatory environment.  Throughout the survey you will find comment boxes, please consider sharing your experiences or anecdotal information to serve as examples of the challenges and benefits faced as a small landlord in Ontario. 

Landlord’s Self-Help Centre (LSHC) is a non-profit specialty community legal clinic funded by Legal Aid Ontario and operates with a mandate to provide clinic law services to small landlords province-wide. LSHC assists approximately 18,000 landlords annually through the delivery of general information, referrals, summary legal advice and brief services on an individual basis. The small landlord community is further supported through the development of public legal education learning materials, tools and programs, and LSHC's participating in community development activities and law reform activities which aim to improve the operating environment for the small landlord community in Ontario.  

LSHC will develop a written submission for the Housing Supply Action Plan Consultation, which was recently announced by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. LSHC's submission will focus on the following:
  • To increase the supply of purpose built affordable rental housing in Ontario through new construction and incentive programs;
  • To level the playing field respecting the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants pursuant to the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 (RTA) aimed at improving the division of rights and responsibilities for small landlords and tenants;
  • To identify legislative reforms that are needed to address a variety of flaws to improve the operating environment for small landlords and provide a fair and balanced platform that will encourage small landlords to create secondary rental units to further augment the supply of rental housing and stay in the rental business.
If  you are unable to complete the survey at one time, feel free to come back and continue it later.  The survey will close on January 21, 2019. Thank you in advance for your participation.