Delays at Ontario's rent-dispute tribunal are growing. Tenants fear what Doug Ford will do about it - 2019-12-20
The delays mean some landlords are out thousands of dollars in unpaid rent as they wait two months or more for hearings to take place. Meanwhile, some tenant advocates worry the delays are part of a deliberate strategy by the Ford government to pave the way for tribunal reforms that favour landlords.
Officials at the Landlord and Tenant Board say a shortage of adjudicators appointed to hear cases is contributing to the delays. Those appointments can only be made by cabinet order, so the Ford government is facing blame over its failure to fill some 20 vacant adjudicator posts.
"Currently, there is a lower than normal number of adjudicators, which has contributed to service delays in the time to a hearing and in issuing orders," said Sarah Copeland, communications coordinator for Tribunals Ontario, in an email to CBC News.