Ontario Landlording Manifesto
This Landlord Manifesto is a written statement of the beliefs, aims, intentions, motives, views and policies that set out the collective understanding of what it means to be a private sector residential rental property landlord investing and operating in the province of Ontario, Canada.
It is written and published under the current persecutorial residential tenancy laws and practices meted out to private sector landlords by profoundly tenant-biased government at every level.


Housing is the foundation of sustainable living without which any society cannot survive or develop. A shortage of housing in an established society represents a significant security threat to all denizens from myriad social ills that arise from homelessness and unfulfilled home ownership aspirations.



We are socially-responsible operators of a residential rental property business who willing assume extraordinary financial and legal risks to provide safe, reliable, comfortable and healthy housing with associated amenities, in exchange for a payment that generates a reasonable profit. Such housed members become tenants.


         Tenants are the customers of our business. We will treat them in a fair, friendly, and where necessary, a firm manner, but always with dignity and respect, even if the tenant does not reciprocate in kind.
         We have the inalienable right to receive the full amount of rent contractually agreed upon between the landlord and tenant, on or before the date the rent is due, and in a manner of delivery and payment mutually agreed upon by the landlord and tenant. Tenants consequently have a binding legal obligation to honour all the agreed-upon terms and conditions of the rental agreement they signed with the landlord.
         Like any other business in Canada, we have a right to earn income that covers all operating and financing costs and generates a profit that is commensurate with the financial and legal risks we undertake, without legislated limitations on the income our business can earn or which prevents us from passing on costs to our customers.
         We are not social workers or an extension of government social housing programs, policies, initiatives and plans.
         Personal autonomy is not the same as unconstrained freedom. Landlords, tenants and governments do not have the right to do as they please.
         We have an inalienable right to equality and parity within a free, open and democratic society whose fundamental legal, social and political fabric and principles guarantee equal rights and equal treatment before the law. Government has a sworn duty and obligation to strive for balance whenever possible between the needs of all stakeholders in any communal circumstance or issue.
         Landlords have a right to proactively engage all levels of government and their respective elected representatives to ensure that there are not two or more judicial, legislative or bureaucratic standards between tenants and landlords.
         Individually and as a community, we advocate sustainable landlording practices and will work in good faith with all government agencies and private sector groups that seek to improve housing availability and cost-effective building improvements.
         (A proper statement needs to be drafted about slumlords not being tolerated and the landlord community being proactive in lessening the effects these types of operators have on the industry as a whole -- taking lessons from professional associations like those for accounting, dentistry, medical, engineers and surveyors.)


  Support Documentation

Origins of the Housing Crisis and Government Abuses Against Landlords

(c) 2017 Chris Seepe


19-page bulleted list of  the dystopian legal and financial environment of the Ontario (Canada) landlording profession, created primarily by short-sighted legislation that either seeks to provide additional unwarranted revenue to various levels of government or panders to the large tenant voter base, all at the expense of private sector landlords.




Supply of Private Rental Housing in Canada - Canada's Housing Shortage Solutions of the 1960s and 1970s

Tony Crook, 1998


In 1998, the Canadian Federal Government commissioned a U.K. professor to explain why private sector rental housing had grown so quickly in the 1960s and early 1970s and then virtually came to a standstill throughout the mid-1970s and into the late 1990s. I believe you would be astonished to see that arguably 80% of the document reflects exactly the same housing shortage situation and circumstances today as it was in 1998. However, this document explains what government did right to create purchase and rental housing and then what it did to completely destroy that same initiative and growth. IT IS MUST READING if you're interested in thoughts and solutions on how to alleviate the pandemic crisis of private sector purchase and rental housing (including affordable and seniors housing).




    Landlord Training & Education


Landlording in Ontario real estate BOOK

(c) 2017 Chris Seepe


Landlording in Ontario covers everything involved from finding an income-generating property (very difficult in today’s market), assessing its true value, and managing its operation to protecting yourself against tenant abuse and government bias, setting up property legal and accounting structures, embracing the power of digital management, and ultimately extracting  value to finance the next property.


Print Version: CA $34.95


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Landlording in Ontario real estate course   Landlording in Ontario real estate COURSE

Landlording in Ontario is a no-nonsense, no-fluff course of the instructor's real world experiences, knowledge, and skills, accompanied by solid practical advice, and supported by home-grown hands-on analytical tools to empower you to make well-informed commercial investment property and ‘landlording’ decisions -- especially properly assessing market value, structuring opportunities so they can be financed, assessing upside potential of an investment property, and managing buyer/seller expectations during negotiations.

This course is a firsthand account that focuses on residential rental investment properties (single family home to multi-unit) but applies significantly to retail properties and to a lesser extent to office, industrial, institutional and other types of investment properties.

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Christopher (Chris) Seepe, Broker of Record, Aztech Realty Inc., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
   Chris Seepe

About Chris Seepe (Author & Instructor)


Commercial real estate broker of record specializing in multi-residential and retail investment properties


Owner and hands-on operator of five multi-residential investment properties (currently totaling 54 units) ... and growing


6th year as president of the Landlords Association of Durham


Well-published in several national real estate print magazines with many articles on investment and ‘landlording’ topics, plus two TV interviews


Regular guest speaker and panel member for real estate-related events including local government initiatives like the Hoarders’ Coalition and the Smoke-free Multiresidential Owners Group (SMOG)


35+ years in I.T. marketing before entering real estate. Built software publishing company from $16,000 investment to $10 million sales in six years, resulting in Initial Public Offering and winning the Canadian Government’s 1996 Canada Export Award