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Simcoe County Landlord Fined In Withholding Heat Case

Simcoe County | by Matt Sitler  

A Simcoe County landlord has been convicted of withholding a reasonable supply of heat to a tenant.

A Simcoe County landlord has been convicted of withholding a reasonable supply of heat to a tenant.

Casino R. V Resorts Inc pleaded guilty in the case and was fined $1,500 by a Justice of the Peace in Orillia, plus a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge amounting to $375.

The case heard that Casino R.V Resorts Inc. is the landlord of a rental property in Simcoe County and that in early 2018, the furnace in the basement of the property in question stopped working.

A release from the Province states that Casino R.V Resorts Inc. did not repair the furnace despite requests from the tenant and the furnace was still not repaired during the period from September 1, 2018 to June 15, 2019.

Under the Residential Tenancies Act, landlords are not permitted to withhold the reasonable supply of heat to a tenant between September 1 and June 15. 

During this period, rental units must be maintained (or capable of being maintained) at a temperature of at least 20 degrees Celsius.

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