Percy Hatfield MPP, Windsor-Tecumseh

Government of Ontario

MPP Hatfield defends tenants' rights to a timely tribunal in Question to the Minister of Housing

Published on April 18, 2018

April 17, 2018  Queen’s Park – Windsor-Tecumseh MPP Percy Hatfield, asked the Minister of Housing to explain the skyrocketing waitlists at landlord and tenant tribunals, and defended tenants’ rights to a timely tribunal instead of the long lineups they currently struggle with.

“Landlord and tenant tribunals are essential but, under this Liberal government, tenants are told it will take months and months to get an opportunity to air their grievances,”  said Hatfield. “The lineups and the delays are growing longer and longer.  If a tenant files today in Windsor they’ll be told they can’t get a hearing until June 18.”

Hatfield’s question comes at the heels of news that low-income tenants in the Windsor-area who put forward a grievance about their rental property have to wait upwards of two months to get a hearing. Meanwhile, many are forced to live in peril without heat or basic necessities that would otherwise take a mere 24 hours to repair.

“We were told of babies swaddled in blankets, freezing, shivering in heat-deprived apartments. The Liberals have to answer for this,” said Hatfield.

“What do they say to the parents of these babies and children freezing with no easy access to a tribunal to listen to their grievances?”