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The Federation of Metro Tenants’ Association (FMTA) has initiated a petition to Enact legislation stopping the payment of rent on April 1st for all residential tenants in Ontario!

An Urgent Message for Doug Ford and Steve Clark:
Enact legislation stopping the payment of rent on April 1st for all residential tenants in Ontario! 

Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, people across the province of Ontario people are facing layoffs, work closures, and public health directives to stay home and self-isolate or practice social distancing. This is causing significant financial hardship for working families across the province – and it is only the beginning. Experts believe that this will not be resolved in the coming weeks. The province of Ontario has taken important steps by banning evictions and enacting legislation to protect the jobs of workers who need to stay home because of COVID-19. But it is not enough. For most people, not working means not earning sufficient income needed to pay for the necessities of life.

Shelter represents the single biggest line item in most household budgets. In recognition of these facts, the federal government has announced measures to defer the payment of mortgages for homeowners. We need a similarly comprehensive approach to help renters through these unprecedented times.

That is why we are calling on Doug Ford, premier of Ontario, and Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, to support public health and protect those who are the most vulnerable in the face of this crisis, by enacting legislation waiving the payment of rent on April 1st for all residential tenants in Ontario.

NOTE – You can sign the petition at this FMTA  link:

Federation of Metro Tenants’ Association (FMTA)

https://www.torontotenants.org/covid

 

 

 

 

TENANT SUMMIT – MARCH 14TH

The Tenant Summit is a gathering of tenant association presidents and/or their representatives and tenant advocates, discussing an umbrella group, for the purpose of echoing one voice on important tenant issues in Toronto, like vacancy de-control, municipal and provincial government tenant legislation, above guideline (rent) increases, multi-residential property taxes. Together we are stronger!

Date: Saturday, March 14th 2020 10am – 12pm (registration 9:30 am until 10 am)
Location: Deer Park Public Library, 2nd Floor 40 St. Clair East Toronto, ON M4T 1M9 416-393-7657

Refer to this attachment: Tenant Summit March 14, 2020

NOTE: This notification was received from:

Councillor Paula Fletcher
Toronto Danforth – Ward 14
100 Queen Street West, Suite C44
Toronto, ON  M5H 2N2

Main Office Line: 416-392-4060
Direct Line: 416-338-7185


 

FMTA (Federation of Metro Tenants’ Association) Press Conference On Expiring Rent Increases in Ontario

Published on Dec 3, 2019

Tenants in Ontario are owed $Millions in rent reductions but are not getting their money. We call on the province to ensure tenants get their rent reductions.

FMTA official website: https://www.torontotenants.org/

 

Many high-rise apartment buildings around the GTA are currently undergoing major renovations and repairs of balconies. Most balconies tend to be made of metal with concrete slabs and are subject to wear and tear and rusting. Landlords and property owners deem these renovations and repairs are necessary to maintain the infrastructure and revitalize the appearance of the buildings. Hence these renovations are deemed ‘capital expenditure work’ under the Residential Tenancies Act.

Refer to: http://www.sjto.gov.on.ca/ltb-december-19-2016-new-approach-applications-rent-increase-guideline/

Given that the Above Guideline Increase regulations of the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) deem renovation of balconies as ‘capital expenditure work’, the landlord has rights to renovate their property. The landlord will incur substantial costs from these renovations and the upshot is that the landlord can apply for an Above Guideline Increase and pass these costs on to their tenants. But. are those balcony renovations necessary, essential or cosmetic?

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International Tenants’ Day is celebrated on the first Monday of October each year. This year it is celebrated on October 7, 2019. The International Union of Tenants (IUT) announces a theme each year. Tenant organisations are of course free to choose their own topic/theme for this day. This year’s celebration coincides with the United Nations Special rapporteur’s launch of:

“The Shift” http://www.unhousingrapp.org/the-shift  and,

”Push the film” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9Q4So4femM

The International Union of Tenants (IUT) has chosen these themes together with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as the recommended themes when Tenants celebrate the International Tenants’ Day around the world. There are the themes:

Sustainable Development Goals
https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/

Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/cities/:

Refer to the International Union of Tenants (IUT) website for more details: https://www.iut.nu/events/international-tenants-day/

NOTE – The International Union of Tenants (IUT) website is: https://www.iut.nu/

The Ontario government has set the 2020 Annual Rent Increase Guideline at  2.2%. The guideline increase of 2.2% for 2020 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.

The guideline does not apply to:

  • vacant residential units
  • social housing units
  • nursing homes
  • commercial properties

Rents charged to new tenants are at the discretion of the landlord.

The 2020 guideline increase takes effect from January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. This 2020 guideline increase of 2.2% is the highest increase since 2013. As noted above, landlords cannot increase rent for sitting tenants above the 2.2% guideline without seeking approval from the Landlord and Tenant Board. The increased 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 at the Tribunals Ontario, Landlord and Tenant Board:

http://www.sjto.gov.on.ca/documents/ltb/Brochures/2020%20Rent%20Increase%20Guideline%20(EN).html

Detailed information on the 2020 Annual Rent Increase Guideline is available at the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing link:

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

 

The Federation of Metro Tenants’ Associations (FMTA) has released a redesigned version of their most popular guides.  These guides are:

  • A Short Guide To Property Standards
  • Looking for An Apartment: A Quick Guide
  • The Quotable Residential Tenancies Act

Feel free to download the redesigned versions of these popular guides at this link:
https://www.torontotenants.org/

 

 

Join the FMTA for the 45th Annual General Meeting on Saturday June 29th, 2019 at 10:30am.

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

All FMTA AGM’s include:

  • Board and Staff Reports
  • Presentation of the Audited Financial Statements
  • Appointment of the Auditor
  • Member motions
  • Board Elections

2018/19 has seen the FMTA win major victories for tenants with our partners including legislative changes to our main programs, dedicated federal funding to housing, inclusionary zoning, eviction prevention, regulation of AirBNB and other changes to the Residential Tenancies Act.

NOTE: All our Tenant Association members can come to discuss campaigns and achievements in their buildings.  The FMTA has received generous funding to be able to build Tenant Associations again and they’ve all got amazing stories.

Refer to this link for full details of the event:
https://www.torontotenants.org/

(To renew your membership in advance of the meeting, or for more information, please call 416-646-1772)

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