Reder Paralegal Services
a division of Reder Aylwin Gillis Professional Corporation
Reder Paralegal Services, a division of Reder Aylwin Gillis Professional Corporation, has been serving the needs of Durham Region and the Greater Toronto area since 1996. The paralegal services we provide include:
Our paralegals have the knowledge and experience to effectively represent you in the Small Claims Court whether you are looking to commence a lawsuit against an individual or business or if you need help defending a lawsuit. Call us today to arrange a consultation with one of our experienced paralegals.
The Small Claims Court can handle actions for the payment of money or the recovery of possession of personal property where the amount claimed does not exceed $25,000. Interest and costs such as court fees and legal representation fees are in addition to this amount.
Reder Paralegal handles Small Claims Court litigation matters involving the following areas of law/disputes:
- Breach of contract disputes including collection of debts and receivables, disputes over real estate deposits and more
- Tort law claims including latent property defects with respect to real estate and more
- Construction law including faulty workmanship claims
We offer the following services:
- Commencing & Defending court Actions - Preparation of Plaintiff’s Claim, Defendant’s Claim, Defence
- Court Attendances - We appear regularly at the Oshawa Small Claims Court and Toronto Small Claims Court. We can appear at other courts in surrounding jurisdictions on a case by case basis, however our busy practice keeps us mainly in Oshawa.
- Legal Letters & Offer to Settle Letters - Ideal when you wish to make an offer to resolve your matter before proceeding through the small claims court, or if you need to respond to a demand letter from an opposing party.
- Preparation and Commissioning of Affidavits - We can prepare and commission affidavits for a reasonable fee of $25.00 for up to 3 pages including photocopies of your original documents and $5.00 for each additional page / document.
- Judgment Enforcement & Collections - We can assist you when you have been successful in obtaining a small claims court judgment and now need to collect your money. Once you have your judgment the hard work begins- enforcing your judgment to get paid what you are owed. We work with a private investigator who can assist in locating assets (such as bank accounts, employers, etc.) to help you recover your money. We have extensive experience in locating assets and being able to collect debts by way of garnishment of wages and bank accounts, and writs of seizure and sale of property and land.
- Process Serving - We offer affordable flat rates with no hidden fees or extra charges for mileage. We get your document served the right way for a competitive flat rate.
- Skip Tracing - We have built a strong working relationship with a private investigator that can provide skip tracing and investigation services. Depending on whether you are looking for a home address, employer or where a business or individual does their banking, we can assist you in obtaining the information in a cost effective manner.
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Landlord Tenant Board Services
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Contact us today for a quote for an Above Guideline Increase application. The small investment you will make to have us handle these complex applications will result in the potential for increased monthly revenue from all your units.
- We primarily deal with evicting tenants, and defending landlords against tenant applications. We represent landlords at the Landlord and Tenant Board, and Small Claims Court. We also provide comprehensive property management services, primarily tenant sourcing and leasing. Doing your due diligence and selecting the right tenant is the most important part of being a Landlord. We have a proven track record of selecting model tenants that take of your property as if it were their own with no rental payment issues whatsoever. Remember, once you hand them over the keys they have the "key to the castle".
- Attempting to tackle a Landlord Tenant Board application on your own can end up negatively impacting the outcome of your situation and one small error could result in your tenant living rent free for longer!
- When we handle your file we have the experience to ensure that the applicable notice(s) and application(s) are done right the first time.
- Landlords must always be cognizant of the remedies that the Residential Tenancies Act afford to tenants, especially scrupulous tenants who know the system and are known as "serial tenants". We know how to combat these situations from the outset.
- Don't find yourself in a situation where you have a serial tenant on your hands and are unaware of the proper procedures at the Landlord Tenant Board. An example of these "serial tenants" can be found in the Toronto Star article here...
- To set up an appointment or learn more about our services and how we can help you avoid situations like this please contact us today
- We also offer pro-active services for Landlords including Above Guideline Rent Increases
- With the current economic climate and rising operating costs it is important that Landlord's are aware of their right to raise the rent above the annual rent increase guideline when operating expenses increase significantly or when capital work must be done to the rental units
- Our fees for service are structured according to the complexity of each case and we offer flat fees in order to serve you better at an affordable cost.
- We believe that Landlords in Ontario should have access to legal advice and services at an affordable price.
- We have experience serving both small landlords and corporate landlords.
- For the convenience of our clients we are conveniently located just one block east of the Oshawa Court house
- We can file your Landlord Tenant Board eviction at the Oshawa Court and even attend at the property to carry out the eviction once the Sheriff attends to give vacant possession so that you do not have to deal with this uncomfortable and stressful situation
- The court cost to file your eviction order with the Sheriff is $330.00 plus their mileage
- Our file to attend at the court and file the requisite paperwork and to schedule the eviction is $100.00
- Our fee to attend scheduled evictions and facilitate the tenant move out process and to schedule a locksmith is $50/hour plus a travel fee of $15.00. The typical time to carry out an eviction is one hour barring no complications
Tips For Landlords
- When you have a tenant problem, whether it's refusal to allow you to enter the unit, prepare for bed bug treatment, noise, damage etc., do not wait and hope it gets better. Don't write 10 letters saying the same thing. Give one warning, one letter, and then do the appropriate termination notice, likely an N5 which is remedial...if the tenant corrects the behaviour, the problem goes away. By waiting, you are simply making the problem worse, the behaviour more entrenched, and letting other tenants be disturbed by the behaviour, opening yourself up to meritorious compensation claims from other tenants.
- When you think a tenant has moved out, and left only strangers behind, don't try to suck and blow. It's a common reaction, so long as the new occupants pay rent, the landlord is happy. Three months later, they stop paying rent, and start leaving feces in the hallway. Well by that time, you can't. They are your tenants. So decide one way or the other. If you want to keep them, sign a new lease with them. If not, file an A2 application. Read the LTB Interpretation Guideline #21.
- Don't send your paid paralegal or lawyer to the hearing for a rent application without knowing that there are a number of issues, maintenance, conduct, insurance claims etc. going on behind the scenes. It just delays the rent application, as the paralegal doesn't know the details of those other issues, and besides, you have no witnesses at the hearing to give evidence in regards to the other issues. There is only one choice left, an adjournment, and that just lets the rent arrears mount further.
- Don't make side-deals with a tenant for payment after they have been to the LTB and you have a conditional payment order or standard remedial order. If you have an order, and it's not followed, file the L4 on the first breach, (or with the Sheriff on a standard order) and be done with it. If you start having "conversations", and then a month later you decide, "what the heck, it's time to evict", the tenant will certainly say that he had a conversation with you after the mediation at the Board, and you agreed to other things. Rule number one of conditional payment orders.....you should never let the amount owed get higher as you listen to excuses and promises.
- Don't allow tenants to move in without first and last paid, and without proof of transfer of responsibility for utilities, if that is part of the agreement. Have a properly written lease that only allows the tenant the right to occupy the unit, once those obligations are satisfied. Why not buy our package of tenancy documents- only $75.00 plus tax.
- Recognize that the Residential Tenancies Act applies despite any waiver or agreement to the contrary. Creative agreements you make about rent or entry or maintenance that don't follow the law, have no force or effect. For small landlords, it's up to you to shovel the walk and cut the grass. Read the Landlord and Tenant Board Interpretation Guideline #19.
- Use N8 notices for persistent late rent along with N4 notices for arrears of rent. They are highly effective, less prone to attracting relief from eviction, are about conduct, not rent (in the event your tenant assigns himself into bankruptcy, you can still evict) and it gives you a no-nonsense order instead of the merry-go-round of monthly LTB appearances.
- Don't give out parking spots without some care. Understand that tenants don't have a right to parking. It's a service and facility that you can add by agreement only. Parking is available by agreement, either in the lease or at a later date. But before you give a spot, make sure a parking agreement is signed, make sure that the monthly rate for parking is in the agreement (which becomes rent), make sure that they pay you an update to the Last Month's Rent Deposit equal to the new parking charge before they have a right to parking, and make sure that you have good rules in your lease or on the parking agreement about parking.
Enforcement & Litigation Investigations
Judgment Enforcement & Collections - We can assist you when you have been successful in obtaining a small claims court judgment and now need to collect your money. Once you have your judgment the hard work begins- enforcing your judgment to get paid what you are owed. We work with a private investigator who can assist in locating assets (such as bank accounts, employers, etc.) to help you recover your money. We have extensive experience in locating assets and being able to collect debts by way of garnishment of wages and bank accounts, and writs of seizure and sale of property and land.
Investigative Services - We have built a strong working relationship with a local private investigation firm that can provide in depth skip tracing and investigation services. Depending on whether you are looking for a home address, employer or where a business or individual does their banking, we can assist you in obtaining the information in a cost effective manner.
Preparation and Commissioning of Affidavits
We can prepare and commission affidavits for a reasonable fee of $25.00 for up to 3 pages including photocopies of your original documents and $5.00 for each additional page / document.
We offer affordable flat rates with no hidden fees or extra charges for mileage. We get your document served the right way for a competitive flat rate. We provide process serving in the Durham Region and surrounding areas such as Kawartha Lakes and in Toronto.
No man is above the law and no man is below it;
Nor do we ask any man's permission when we ask him to obey