Going to a LTB hearing


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.

Please consider the following points if you are going to an LTB hearing:

  • You have the right to attend the hearing or send somebody you want to represent you who must have written permission from you.
  • You have the right to represent yourself at the hearing. You do not need a lawyer or agent with you at the hearing unless you choose to have one.
  • You have the right to ask for the hearing date to be changed – but you and your landlord must agree to the change.
  • You can ask for an adjournment at the hearing.
  • You should prepare for your hearing:
    1. Decide if you want to have a representative at the hearing.
    2. Contact a legal clinic for summary legal advice and to review your application.
    3. Make copies of any evidence you will present.
    4. Arrange for any witnesses to be at the hearing – including issuing a summons.
    5. Consult with Tenant Duty Counsel before the start of the hearing.
  • You have a right to bring evidence and call witnesses to support your case.
  • If a witness does not want to attend a hearing, you have the right ask the LTB to issue summons, which forces the witness to attend.
  • If you are late or do not show up at the hearing, the LTB can decide to continue without your evidence and witnesses or to dismiss your application.

Learn more

  1. Decide if your problem relates to going to a Landlord and Tenant Board hearing.
  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