Douglas H. Levitt is a partner with HORLICK LEVITT DI LELLA LLP. He has been practicing law since 1999.
His practice focuses on residential and commercial tenancy law, social housing law, condominium law, civil and commercial litigation, human rights litigation, and appellate advocacy.
Doug is responsible for numerous precedent-setting decisions before the Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court and the Court of Appeal for Ontario in which law has been made or clarified in the areas of residential tenancy law and condominium law.
Here at HORLICK LEVITT DI LELLA LLP, we have extensive experience when it comes to advising and representing landlords on a comprehensive range of legal issues including conversion of rental properties, leasing, construction, financing, property disposal and acquisition, and litigation and dispute resolution. In this last regard, our litigators have become well-known for their ability to set new precedents in residential tenancy law. This makes us the ideal choice when it comes to dealing with all of your residential legal requirements.
Our team of lawyers has more than 15 years of experience behind them with regards to representing and advising social housing landlords. This means that we have an unparalleled level of understanding with regards to the various challenges facing the social housing sector. We also share our clients’ commitment with regards to providing affordable residential properties and to being actively involved in the growth and development of sustainable communities.
We appear regularly before an array of tribunals and courts including the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Landlord and Tenant Board, the Small Claims Court, the Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court, the Court of Appeal for Ontario and the Ontario Court of Justice (in respect of statutory and provincial offences such as fire and building code charges and a range of by-law infractions).
Not many landlords are aware that they need to follow the correct legal process whenever they have to evict a tenant from their property. However, this is a necessary step in the process. This is why it makes sense to hire qualified and experienced lawyers to assist with doing so. This ensures that you as the landlord won’t be exposed to significant financial liability and that the process goes as smoothly and conveniently as possible for you.
As a residential landlord, you will most likely encounter tenant-related issues such as non-payment of rent, breaches of obligations with regards to repair work, noise, and other types of disturbances, illegal behavior or even non-accidental forms of property damage. While you may think that it is an easy process to evict delinquent tenants because they have breached the terms of their lease, it can become a drawn-out and expensive process, especially if they appeal the eviction order. This is why it is highly recommended that you hire the services of one of our paralegals and lawyers in Toronto to assist you and ensure that you don’t experience any legal repercussions.
We have many landlord and tenant lawyers and paralegals on our team, which means that you will be able to obtain tenant-related legal assistance as quickly as possible in the event of a lease breach. If you happen to be evicting a tenant for the first time or you are experiencing tenant-related issues that you may not have dealt with before, you will certainly benefit from hiring a qualified and experienced landlord lawyer in Toronto. Our lawyers will know exactly how to go about dealing with all of the administrative and legal procedures that must be followed if a tenant has hired a lawyer of their own to counter the procedure.
Other situations that warrant the use of a landlord lawyer can include when a tenant is filing for bankruptcy and hasn’t paid rent for more than a few months prior to receiving your eviction notice, the tenant happens to be an employee of yours or you have to comply with various housing program rules and/or rent control policies.
Here at HORLICK LEVITT DI LELLA LLP, our Divisional Court lawyers are able to assist you with all of your Landlord and Tenant Board appeals. In addition, we provide a comprehensive range of other legal services pertaining to conversion of rental properties, leasing and litigation, dispute resolution, construction, financing and property disposal and acquisition. We are experts at handling frivolous appeals initiated by tenants that are abusing the legal system and that are trying to delay their eviction.
Our team is also far more than just residential property experts; we are active members of a number of recognized landlord organizations and provide them guidance and advice on various residential tenancy law matters - some of these organizations are the Greater Toronto Apartment Association, The Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association, The Federation of Rental Housing Providers of Ontario and The Landlord Self-Help Centre.
Our roster of legal professionals includes many lawyers and paralegals as well, which enables us to provide our services to landlords like you in a timely and cost-effective manner. This is especially beneficial if you are a smaller landlord who requires fast and efficient service at a competitive rate. You can schedule a free no-obligation appointment with any of our lawyers at HORLICK LEVITT DI LELLA LLP today by calling 416-512-7440 .
Sawaran Singh Dhaliwal
former adjudicator of the
Landlord and Tenant Board
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