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COMMUNITY MEETING ON TENANT ISSUES
Sponsored by Bhutila Karpoche MPP, Parkdale–High Park

We are in the midst of an affordable housing crisis. As the cost of housing continues to rise, more and more people are being pushed out of Toronto. Families are struggling to pay rent or save up for a home. I hear this in every part of our riding. Instead of taking action, the government is implementing legislation that would allow landlords evict tenants faster and use allow private bailiffs to enforce eviction orders. Bhutila Karpoche MPP, Parkdale–High Park is hosting a Community Meeting on Tenants Issues on March 31st from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the High Park Athletic Club. I’ve invited guests to speak directly about what we can do to help advocate for action on the housing crisis.
Space is limited so please RSVP.

WHEN – March 31, 2019 at 2pm – 4pm
WHERE – High Park Athletic Club
65 High Park Ave
Toronto, ON M6P 2R7

Go to this website link to register your attendance:  https://www.bhutilakarpoche.ca/community_meeting_on_tenant_issues

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Federation Of Metro Tenants Association (FMTA) Tenant School
FMTA Tenant School- March 30 and April 6, 2019

The FMTA is offering a Spring edition of their Tenant School program, a free, two-day intensive training for tenants. Lawyers and other experts teach courses on your rights under the law, advocacy, and tenant organizing and working with government / decision-makers.

Refer to this link for more details on how to register:

https://www.torontotenants.org/news/sign-upcoming-tenant-school-march-30-and-april-6

 

The Ontario government has set the 2019 Annual Rent Increase Guideline at  1.8%. The guideline increase of 1.8% for 2019 is the maximum a landlord can raise a tenant’s rent without approval of the Landlord and Tenant Board. This applies to most sitting tenants in private residential rental units covered by the Residential Tenancies Act.  Rents charged to new tenants are at the discretion of the landlord.

The 2019 guideline increase takes effect from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019. As noted above, landlords cannot increase rent for sitting tenants above the 1.8% guideline without seeking approval from the Landlord and Tenant Board. This 2019 guideline increase of 1.8 is unchanged from the rent increase for 2018. It is based on the Ontario Consumer Price Index (CPI), a measure of inflation calculated monthly by Statistics Canada.

If the landlord intends to implement an Above Guideline Increase the landlord is required to abide by the regulations of the Landlord and Tenant Board and file an application with Landlord and Tenant Board for an Above Guideline Increase. Refer to this link:

http://www.sjto.gov.on.ca/documents/ltb/Brochures/2019%20Rent%20Increase%20Guideline%20(EN).html

Detailed information on the 2019 Annual Rent Increased Guideline is available at the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing link:

https://www.ontario.ca/page/rent-increase-guideline

FEDERATION OF METRO TENANTS ASSOCIATION (FMTA) 44nd Annual General Meeting

Join the FMTA for our 44nd Annual General Meeting on Saturday June 23rd, 2018 at 10am.

All active members of the FMTA are welcome to attend and vote at the AGM, while tenant advocates are able to register to attend as observers!

Location: 120 Carlton St – Party Room. Corner of Jarvis and Carlton St. Closest station is College Subway

Refer to this FMTA link for more details:
https://www.torontotenants.org/news/fmta-2018-annual-general-meeting

RALLY FOR REAL AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND INCLUSIONARY ZONING!

ACORN members have been fighting for Inclusionary Zoning for years!  The Provincial Housing Minister has just come out with rules restricting cities from demanding REAL Affordable Housing from new developments and condos.

Join ACORN members at the Provincial Housing Minister’s Office and stand up for REAL Affordable Housing in new developments!

When:   Tuesday, January 23rd  at 11:00 AM  through  1:00 PM
Where:  Provincial Housing Minister’s Office –  777 Bay St. Toronto, ON (Bay & College)

ONLINE PETITION
Here Is An Online Petition That Will Send Emails To MPP’s Saying They Need To Redo Inclusionary Zoning!

Tell your MPP at this link – https://www.acorncanada.org/take-action/tell-your-mpp-we-need-affordable-housing

Other sharing links:
Here is the action info on Facebook for sharing:
https://www.facebook.com/events/172982513458867/

On the ACORN webpage:
https://www.acorncanada.org/civicrm/event/info%3Fid%3D1359%26reset%3D1

The sub-meter industry has been collaborating with landlords to put a system in place where tenants are charged separately for electricity.  Landlords have allowed sub-meter companies to install sub-meters in rental units not only in new buildings but also for older buildings with sitting tenants.

Sub-meter companies are making huge profits from the collaboration. For example, according to a report in the CNW, the company Wyse Meter Solutions has made tremendous profits:

Wyse made the 2016 PROFIT 500 list with five-year revenue growth of 2,604%.
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/wyse-meter-solutions-inc-ranks-as-29th-fastest-growing-company-in-canada-593534801.html

Legislation by the Government of Ontario allows landlords to install sub-meter in rental units in existing and new buildings. The result is that lease conditions are changing related to electricity use. Landlords can require tenants pay for electricity separately from their rental cost based on the new rental contract. Refer to the Government of Ontario link for clarification on how you may be affected by the new legislation:

Tenants Guide to Suite Meters
http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page9087.aspx

Another section of the regulation provides clarification about tenant consent:
http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page9050.aspx

Quote:
      If a landlord chooses to install a suite meter, tenants will have the
      choice of paying for their electricity consumption separately from
      rent. If electricity is currently included in a tenant’s rent, landlords
      must lower the rent if a tenant chooses to pay for their own electricity
      using a suite meter.

CAUTION – Read your lease carefully and make sure you do NOT sign any contract that states you will pay separately for electricity when renewing your lease. You do not have to pay for electricity because this cost is included in your lease.  Refer to this this link below:
Appendix A –   Your landlord wants you to start paying for electricity – Be Careful!
http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2009/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-18103.pdf

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NOTE:
For more details you can check our earlier posts on the subject of Sub-Meter at these links:
Smart Sub-meters . . . Getting It Right!
https://eastyorktenantsgroup.com/2009/09/08/sub-meters-getting-it-right/

SMART SUB-METERS . . .
https://eastyorktenantsgroup.com/2009/08/29/smart-sub-meters/

East York tenants in Park Vista have successfully challenged an attempt by their landlord to impose an air conditioning fee.

CAPREIT, which had 2016 operating revenue of $596.8 million and 2016 net operating income of $366.9 million, tried to shake down tenants (including many seniors on a fixed income) for a seasonal fee of $125 per air conditioning unit.

The Park Vista tenants’ association was in place and they were able to organize, mobilize and fight back (along with the help of the media and the Federation of Metro Tenants’ Associations).

Refer to these attachments:
1- Capreit AC noticepdf
2-Park Vista Air Conditioning Notice
3- Capreit AC Follow-up Response

Links to media coverage are below:

Tenants at East York apartment building ‘ecstatic’ after landlord ditches air conditioning fees
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ toronto/east-york-apartment-ai r-conditioning-1.4234743

East York Tenants Battle Over Air Conditioning
http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/more /consumer-alert

Given the challenges tenants face, local tenant advocates are meeting to discuss common issues that might help activists learn from one another. A tenant advocate in the Broadview/Mortimer (12 Bater Tenant Association) area is arranging to get some local tenant advocates together for an informal, in-person ‘fun night’ meeting at Whistlers Restaurant. The goal of ‘fun night’ is to have neighbours get together with their local tenant association in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. It will also be an opportunity to network and focus on how to improve tenant education and familiarize tenants with their rights.

Date & Time: Thursday,  August 24th from 7:00 to 10:00 pm
Location: Whistler’s Pub,  995 Broadview Ave, East York, ON M4K 2S1

Contact:  mailto:tentsinaction@gmail.com

The Ontario government has capped the 2018 Annual Rent Increase Guideline at 1.8%. The increase of 1.8% for 2018 is the maximum a landlord can raise a tenant’s rent without the approval of the Landlord and Tenant Board. Landlords cannot increase rent for sitting tenants above the 1.8% guideline without seeking approval from the Landlord and Tenant Board. More information is available at this Ontario Government link:

https://news.ontario.ca/mho/en/2017/06/ontario-capping-rent-increases-for-tenants-in-2018.html

This 2018 guideline increase of 1.8% is higher than the 1.5% rent increase for 2017. It is based on the Ontario Consumer Price Index (CPI), a measure of inflation calculated monthly by Statistics Canada.

The 2018 guideline increase takes effect from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018.

If the landlord intends to implement an Above Guideline Increase the landlord is required to abide by the regulations of the Landlord and Tenant Board and file an application with Landlord and Tenant Board for an Above Guideline Increase. Refer to the Brochure: 2018 Rent Increase Guideline published by the Landlord and Tenant Board (Social Justice Tribunal) for more details:

http://www.sjto.gov.on.ca/documents/ltb/Brochures/2018%20Rent%20Increase%20Guideline%20(EN).html

NOTE: The guideline is not applicable to: Vacant residential units, Social housing units, Nursing homes or Commercial property

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