LTB is currently holding public consultations on two initiatives. Information on the initiatives, as well as the related documents are attached below for public review and feedback. The public is invited to review and provide written comments on the proposed documents by February 21, 2014.

Fee Waivers
In September 2013, Bill 14, the Non-profit Housing Co-operatives Statute Law Amendment Act, 2013 passed third reading and received Royal Assent. This Bill amends parts of the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006; however, these amendments are not yet in effect, as it still has to be proclaimed into law.

Bill 14 sets out a few key amendments, including that the Board will be able to waive, or defer all or part of a fee charged under section 181 for low-income individuals.

In anticipation of Bill 14 being proclaimed, the Board has developed criteria that will allow LTB staff to determine who will be entitled to a fee waiver and a process for clients to follow to submit a fee waiver request. The proposed rule and practice direction related to fee waivers are attached below for public review and feedback.

Case Management Hearings
Starting in the spring of 2014 LTB will pilot Case Management Hearings for T2 and T6 applications. The intention of Case Management Hearings is to provide an opportunity for parties to explore settlement of issues in dispute, and, if the matter is not settled, to make directions to facilitate a fair, just and expeditious hearing.

LTB’s Toronto South and Southern (Hamilton) offices will be the pilot offices for this initiative. The pilot will test conducting hearings in person and by phone.