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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

 

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?

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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

 

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/

 

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