You’re supporting the work of the organization when you become a member!
Why become a member?
When you become a member of LSHC you are supporting the whole organization. LSHC was established in 1975 and literally helps thousands of landlords every year. One of the cornerstones of LSHC is the casework services provided by the staff. General legal information, referrals and summary legal advice provided on an individual basis help small landlords as they navigate the complex regulatory environment which governs most residential tenancies agreements and relationships in Ontario.
LSHC also offers a comprehensive selection of learning tools and resources, all developed in-house. From Learning Modules and Videos to FAQs, Podcasts, Fact Sheets and websites, we have developed a full range of public legal education resources, tools and initiatives to help our community develop a knowledge and keen understanding of their rights and responsibilities, and we keep them informed of their changing obligations as housing providers.
In addition, LSHC participates in a variety of law reform activities which include lobby for change to improve the operating environment for small landlords and participating in stakeholder consultations. Our goal is to represent the concerns and issues of the small landlords and raise awareness to the many challenges they face to improve the operating environment province-wide.
All members are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting which is typically held in the fall each year and, in addition to a business meeting agenda, features educational presentations and networking opportunities.
Members also have an opportunity to involve themselves in the operation of the LSHC, volunteers from the membership are recruited to participate on various standing and ad hoc committees as well as to serve as members of the Board of Directors. Members also have access to the Members’ Lounge – this private area of the web site which features, corporate information and rental tools such as:
- Corporate information including LSHC By-laws, Financial Statements, Annual General Meeting materials, etc.
- Rental Tools include:
- An additional clauses addendum for the Standard Lease Form,
- Rental Application,
- Inspection Report, and
- Guarantor Form (for rent)
- All members also receive an e-subscription to The Quarterly Newsletter, the publication that keeps the landlord community abreast of legislative and procedural reform, emerging trends and issues of special interest for small-scale landlords, and the newsletter archive.
LSHC’s annual membership dues were recently increased to $99, this change took effect on January 15, 2020 and is the first increase in membership dues since 2008. The revenue generated through member dues help us offset the recent 20 percent cut to our Legal Aid funding.
The membership program continues to evolve, new elements and enhancements will be added in the coming months as we develop a comprehensive sponsorship program.
Please note: LSHC discontinued the offer of lifetime memberships on October 25, 2019. However, all lifetime memberships previously acquired will be honoured.