This is an update to the post Tribunals Ontario Unveils Their New Commitment to Openness and Transparency.
May 1, 2019, was the deadline set by the Ontario courts for Ontario tribunals to become less secretive and be more open with regards to requests for information about proceedings before them. However, neither Ontario Tribunals nor the Landlord and Tenant Board provided much detail about what information they would be provided when the information was requested.
On May 13, 2019, I requested information about whether there had been any matters before the Landlord and Tenant Board concerning a particular address. I was not a party to any actions in regards to these addresses and had nothing to do with the properties – I was a third party. My submitted request asked whether there were any applications to the LTB pertaining to a particular address during a certain date range.
The response from the Ministry of the Attorney General arrived on May 29, 2019. It provided some more information about their process to request information about matters before the Landlord and Tenant Board.
Firstly, in the near future there will be a fee to make these requests, “Tribunals Ontario is in the process of developing a fee structure for requests to access records from its boards and tribunals, including requests to the LTB for access to information about the status of applications related to specific rental properties.”
Secondly, the information they provided at this time was not very robust. The response included the following information for the address and time period I asked for: whether the applications were landlord or tenant applications; number of applications; the case file number and dates; and resolution for the most recent application.No actual applications or further details (for example names of the landlord or tenant) were provided.
All in all, there does appear to be more access, but it is still cumbersome and time-consuming. How much use it will be for screening applicants to rental units remains to be seen.
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