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The FMTA (Federation of Metro Tenants’ Association) has initiated a petition for the Government of Ontario to ban all evictions. Details are below:

Petition: We Need A Real Eviction Ban Now

Yesterday, the Provincial government announced they have temporarily suspended evictions.

We know that many tenants in Ontario are struggling and wanted you to know as soon as possible to help reduce stress and worry.

Unfortunately, the ban is not a complete one – landlords can still give eviction notices, while the Landlord and Tenant Board will continue to hold hearings and issue eviction orders. 

Evictions spread COVID. Unless we get a real eviction ban and rent relief for tenants, people will continue to be evicted and COVID will continue to kill.  

Please sign our petition calling on the government to implement a real eviction ban. Lives are at stake.

Refer to this link to sign the petition:  https://www.torontotenants.org/evictionban

CAPREIT Tenants have united to form the ACORN CAPREIT Tenant Union (ACTU) and launch a national coordinated campaign to overhaul CAPREIT’s business practices. As tenants, we know that drastic changes are needed in the way REITs do business, not only to ensure that they have healthy and affordable housing long-term, but that the country as a whole does.

CAPREIT is playing a leading role in the loss of affordable housing in Canada; and it is shocking to learn what CAPREIT is getting away with.

Refer to this attachment for full details:  Acorn CAPREIT Tenant Union

 

INTERNATIONAL TENANTS’ DAY –  October 5, 2020

Online digital celebration on 5th October

Refer to this link for more details : https://www.iut.nu/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Celebration-of-International-Tenants-Day-World-Habitat-Day-2020.pdf

Check this video:

Housing for all, a better urban future
Housing is a fundamental human right. It has also been central in the battle against the spread of the COVID-19 virus where it can be a matter of life and death. The spread of COVID-19 is spotlighting as well as worsening a pre-existing global housing crisis.

IUT Contact details:

International Union of Tenants (IUT)
P.O. Box 7514 · Stockholm 103 92 · Sweden
Website: www.iut.nu

 

By Sam Tekerai, Guest contributor

During the current health crisis of COVID-19, the Ontario Government suspended tenant eviction notices that had already been filed with the Landlord and Tenant Board. Although that action was commendable, the government was already in the process of amending the existing Ontario’s Residential Tenancies Act, via its Bill 184 that was tabled prior to COVID-19.  Although Bill 184 legislation has so many facets to amend the existing 2006 Act, greater focus should be on needed changes to the ‘existing mechanisms of evictions’.

Bill 184, titled “Protecting Tenants and Strengthening Community” was tabled by the Ontario Government prior to the advent of COVID-19. It has now passed its second reading in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario and is working its way through the process to become an ‘Act’. Once it is passed it will implement varies amendments to the existing “2006 Ontario’s Residential Tenancies Act”, which came into effect on January 31, 2007.  That Act sets out the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants who rent residential properties. One is left to wonder if this nicely titled legislation “Protecting Tenants and Strengthening Community” could be a smokescreen for the real intent of Bill 184. These questions need to be addressed: Is the real intent to make it easier for the landlords to evict tenants, particularly those who are financially vulnerable going through economic hardship? Have these tenants reached some sort of agreement with the landlord to pay their ‘debt’ during the COVID-19 crisis?

Tenant advisory groups and lawyers have expressed concern that Bill 184 legislation proposed by the Ontario Government will have a major impact on tenants in general, but more so, on economically challenged tenants.  Tenant advocates are alarmed that after the current health crisis (COVID-19) has subsided there is a high probability that a huge number of tenants may be ‘evicted’.

The existing 2006 legislation has in place a mechanism for how landlords can evict tenants or to deal with evictions.  In short, first a landlord should give the tenant a “Notice of Termination” with the reason(s) to evict them.  That Notice should contain provisions that allows tenants to be given the opportunity and reasonable timeframe to resolve the problem. If tenants have a legitimate reason and don’t move out after receiving the notice, or if the landlord is not satisfied with the tenant’s resolution of the problem, then the landlord can ask the “Landlord & Tenant Board” to end the tenancy by filing an application. Of course, Landlords should have a good or an airtight justification to evict tenants.  Then, the board will decide if the tenancy will end after holding a Hearing.  If the board decides to make an “Order of Eviction” it will inform the tenants when they must leave the unit. If the tenants do not move out, then the landlord can file the “Board’s Order” with the court enforcement office and legally evict tenants.

Unfortunately, Bill 184 amendments appear to bypass the Landlord and Tenant Board, hence giving more power to landlords to evict tenants.  In particular, tenants who have the added burden of financial difficulty because of the current health crisis, and had reached some sort of financial arrangement in order to pay an outstanding rent amount (i.e. Debt), and had a signed agreement document with the landlords ‘without knowing the intricacy of the agreement’, they may now find themselves homeless if they fail to fulfill their obligation. Apparently under this agreement or because of this agreement reached between the landlord and tenant, the landlord can bypass the Landlord and Tenant Board and enforce eviction.

Tenants should read and understand any agreement before signing. In fact, they should obtain legal assistance (free legal assistance) to understand what impact it will have on them; especially those tenants who are the most vulnerable. Those tenants should give it the highest priority, especially in our big city of Toronto, where homelessness is rampant in the current erratic economic climate.

Although the amendment to Bill 184 is not yet law, tenants should be vigilant in understanding and protecting their “Rights”.  Tenants should/must fulfill their obligation under the lease agreement and be careful not to give the landlord a reason to be evicted.

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UPDATED INFO

People want Ontario to
reinstate the residential
eviction ban

December 3, 2020

Toronto and Peel have been in full lockdown 2.0 for more than a week now, and residents are wondering why, if so many are out of work once more, a ban on residential evictions hasn’t been reinstated.

https://www.blogto.com/real-estate-toronto/2020/12/ontario-reinstate-residential-eviction-ban/

 

HYDRO ONE – COMMUNITY NOTICE
Main Transformer Station (TS) project located near the intersection of Main Street and Danforth Avenue
Demolition of Buildings at 155 and 157 Stephenson Avenue
June 2020
Please refer to this attachment for full details: Main TS – Demolition Notice – Final

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Contact information:
Community Relations Tel: 416-345-6799 |
Email: Community.Relations@HydroOne.com
Website: www.HydroOne.com/MainTS

The provincial government is trying to pass legislation that will make it easier to evict tenants. It will turn the Landlord Tenant Board into a debt collection agency where landlords can chase tenants for rent and utilities payments they are unable to make for reasons such as financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The FMTA opposes Bill 184 because it contains measures that will deprive tenants of a key safety net which protects them from eviction. This will be catastrophic for tenants who cannot pay their rent because of COVID-19, or for any other legitimate reason now and into the future.

Read the FMTAs full statement on Bill 184 and learn how to Depute for the Bill at the Standing Committee:

https://www.torontotenants.org/fmta_statement_on_bill_184_2020?utm_campaign=bill_184&utm_medium=email&utm_source=fmta

(Please share this with renters who have difficulties meeting rental payments due to the financial hardships caused by the COVID-19)

 

GOVERNMENT RESOURCES AND SUPPORT FOR COVID-19
from Brad Bradford, Councillor Ward 19 – Beaches-East York
March 24, 2020

 

Councillor Brad Bradford presents a consolidation of the latest Government Resources and Supports on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Refer to this link for complete details: https://www.bradbradford.ca/covid19/

 

 

FMTA (Federation of Metro Tenants’ Association) – City of Toronto COVID-19 Service Updates
(Updated – March 26th)

FMTA  has published recent updates from service providers in the City of Toronto that provide tenant or housing services …… e.g. Landlord and Tenant Board, City Apartment Repair and Public Health Enforcement, Housing Support – RGI Rent Payments, Shelters and Supports for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness and more …….

Refer to this FMTA link to access these recent updates:
https://www.torontotenants.org/city_of_toronto_covid_19_service_updates_march_2020

 

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