The tenant vacated leaving damages which cost $5000 to repair. What’s the best way to recover the money I’ve spent?
If the tenant has vacated the rental unit, the landlord may file a claim in Small Claims Court to recover compensation for damages to the unit. However, in order to file a claim in Small Claims Court you will have to find out their new residential address to be able to serve them with the claim. Here is a link to information on the Small Claims Court process: http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/courts/scc/
I am a landlord that has a tenant who owes me both rent and utility money. Do I have to go to both the Landlord and Tenant Board and the Small Claims Court? Or can I just go to Small Claims Court?
If your tenant is still living in your rental unit, you will have to proceed to the Landlord and Tenant Board to obtain an order of eviction and an order for the arrears of rent. To claim for utilities you will have to file a claim in Small Claims Court because the Landlord and Tenant Board does not deal with non-payment of utilities. However, if your tenant has already moved out, then you would have to claim for both the arrears of rent and utilities in Small Claims Court only.