Archive for August, 2017

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%.

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

Another section of the regulation provides clarification about tenant consent:

      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!


For more details you can check our earlier posts on the subject of Sub-Meter at these links:
Smart Sub-meters . . . Getting It Right!


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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

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