Landlord’s Self-Help Centre is the only community clinic funded by Legal Aid Ontario that provides services exclusively to small-scale landlords across Ontario.
LSHC is mandated to educate members of the community in landlord and tenant relations. This occurs through a range of casework services which include general information, referral, summary advice and, in some cases document preparation. It is also evident in the various public legal education programs and projects offered by the Centre.
LSHC also involves itself in law reform activities and community development initiatives.
The organization was founded in 1975 by Lita and Archie Wisman and operated under the name of Landlord Aid or Landl’Aid. It was initially funded through short term grants such as LIP (Local Initiative Program) and NIP (Neighbourhood Initiative Project) which allowed support and assistance to be provided to small-scale landlords in the Parkdale and High Park areas of Toronto.
In 1977 the organization was incorporated as Landlord’s Self-Help Centre and received funding from Legal Aid Ontario (formerly the Ontario Legal Aid Plan). The new funding provided stability and allowed the geographic service area to be expanded.