Enforcing a LTB order


The Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) is the law that applies to rental housing in Ontario. The RTA sets out the rights and responsibilities of landlords and people who rent where they live. The Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) is a government organization that enforces the RTA. The Ontario Superior Court of Justice Small Claims Court enforces orders of the LTB.

Your landlord must obey Orders issued by the LTB

  • If your landlord does not obey an LTB Order, you have the right to ask the Small Claims Court to enforce the LTB order.
  • Get legal advice if you plan to take your landlord to Small Claims Court.
  • You have a right to enforce LTB orders by garnishing the landlord's income and/or registering interest, then seizing and selling the landlord's property.
  • Only the Sheriff acting on a court order can use force to seize property.

You must obey LTB Orders issued against you

  • If your landlord has a LTB eviction order against you, you still have a right to heat (in winter), electricity and water in your unit - your landlord cannot turn off utilities to force you out.
  • If you do not obey a LTB order, only the Sheriff can force you to leave or seize your property.
  • Only the Sheriff, acting on a court order, can use force to evict or seize property.
  • You may be able to appeal a LTB order against you - get legal advice ASAP.

Learn more

  1. Decide if your problem relates to enforcing an LTB order.
  2. Read Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to learn more about your rights and the law.
  3. Follow the Steps for instructions on starting a legal process to solve your problem.
  4. Review the Resources to find new and in-depth legal information about your problem.
  5. See the Links for news and other helpful websites.

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DisclaimerLast updated 07/30/2009