He advised landlords to seek legal advice before taking steps against tenants.
“They will have to be able to demonstrate their conduct did not amount to an unfair practice should a complaint be laid at the rental housing tribunal.”
As for the impact on tenants, Shevelew said as long as the new regulations remain in place, they will be given the benefit of the doubt with regard to late payment disputes with landlords.
“A landlord who takes any of the steps listed in the regulations will have to prove such conduct was not unfair,” he said.
However, he cautioned tenants not to regard this as a “free-for-all” as landlords will still be entitled to demand payment of rental and cancel leases if tenants remain in breach indefinitely.
“Tenants should use such breathing room to make sure the communication between themselves and their landlords is open and frank to avoid surprises, or litigation, down the line.”
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