Toronto landlords are now allowed to evict tenants again

Aug 1 2020, 12:33 pm

A ban on evictions in Toronto has ended as the city joins the rest of Ontario in moving into Phase 3 of the province’s pandemic recovery plan.

Ontario’s emergency declaration expired on July 22, triggering the pandemic eviction ban to lift at the end of that calendar month.

That means August 1, 2020 is the first day landlords are allowed to evict tenants again. The change comes on the same day that August rent is due for many tenants in the Greater Toronto Area.

The Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario is concerned the eviction ban has ended too soon.

“Evictions, and their enforcement, will resume in August while the pandemic still poses a threat to the health of Ontarians,” the organization said in a July 27 post on their website.

Premier Doug Ford’s government introduced the eviction ban back in March to help people stay in their homes during the pandemic. It’s one of several similar eviction bans in provinces across the country that came into force as Canada battled the pandemic.

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