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FMTA Response to Proposed Changes to the Residential Tenancies Act

In April 2016, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing released a consultation paper which discussed Proposals to Encourage Small Landlords to Provide Rental Housing.

FMTA was a core stakeholder in the process and provided feedback about proposals.  Although feedback on the proposals was originally due in late April, the government extended deadlines to June 30th in order to provide more time for feedback from tenants.

The FMTA Board is concerned that these proposals constitute the greatest attack on tenant rights since the Mike Harris government.  More importantly, there’s no evidence that these proposals will encourage small landlords to provide a single unit of housing.

Major Proposals:

1)      Require tenants to provide legal disclosure for any issues that they intend to raise at rental arrears eviction hearings to the landlord prior to the hearing.

2)      Explore whether any changes should be made to the process for tenants appealing decisions of the Landlord and Tenant Board to the Divisional Court

3)      Explore whether to allow landlords to terminate a tenancy based on violation of no-smoking provisions in tenancy agreements

4)      Explore whether to allow landlords to prohibit pets in tenancy agreements in small buildings where the landlord also resides

Concerns:

1)      There is no evidence that these proposals will create a single unit.  The FMTA asked for any quantitative evidence (a study/survey) that showed that these proposals would “encourage small landlords to provide rental housing”.  The Ministry didn’t have any.  In fact the Ministry provided no estimate of the number of units they expect to be created by these proposals.

2)      These proposals will encourage eviction of tenants. Three of the most concerning proposals (pre-disclosure of evidence, allowing landlords to prohibit pets, allowing eviction due to breeching a lease) can already lead to an eviction.  These proposals simply make it easier for landlords to evict.

3)      Lack of Fairness. Applications to the Landlord and Tenant Board are already dominated by landlords – 91% of all applications.  These proposals will make it harder for tenants to bring up counter applications and appeal to Divisional Court.

Better Options:

1)      Zoning.  Provincial changes to the Planning Act for second units came into effect on January 1, 2012.  Did these changes encourage small landlords to provide rental housing?  Evidence-based analysis would provide an answer.

2)      Licensing.  Many small landlords receive no training on the requirements and difficulties for running a rental housing business.  Licensing could help better prepare them.

3)      Standardized leases.  Many new, small landlords are shocked to find they cannot ban pets or smoking outright or that some fees included in their leases are illegal.  Standardized leases would help train landlords to understand and follow the law.

4)      Better law enforcement.  While good landlords follow the law in terms of repairs, charges and tenant rights, they face similar difficulties and penalties to landlords that flagrantly break the law.  Providing appropriate punishments for landlords who break the law and incentives for those who follow it could help spur rental housing growth.

Contact the Ministry!
Concerned about these proposals? The full list of changes can be found on the Ministry of Municipal Affairs website. Public feedback can be sent to residential.tenancies@ontario.ca.

SOURCE:  Federation of Metro Tenants’ Association
http://www.torontotenants.org

Important note
FMTA Annual General Meeting –  Join the FMTA for the 42nd Annual General Meeting on Saturday June 18th, 2016 at 1pm.
Location: 120 Carlton St – Party Room. Corner of Jarvis and Carlton St. Closest station is College Subway.
Refer to this link for more details on the 2016 FMTA Annual General Meeting:  http://www.torontotenants.org/news/fmta-annual-general-meeting-2016

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The FMTA 41st Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday, June 6th, 2015 at 1:00 pm. The venue is the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) located at 252 Bloor St. West, Room 2212, Toronto ON M5S 1V6. (near St. George Subway)

All FMTA AGM’s include:
• Board and Staff Reports
• Presentation of the Audited Financial Statements
• Appointment of the Auditor
• Member motions
• Board Elections

2014/15 has seen the FMTA undertake a number of campaigns related to Above Guideline Rent Increases, rent control, landlord licensing, tenant representation and affordable housing. A Mayor’s debate was also held in October 2014.

Tenant Association Assembly
After the wrap-up of Annual General Meeting there will be a Tenant Association Assembly at 2:00 pm. The assembly will be a discussion dealing with issues that affect tenants in all of Ontario, including issues unique to FMTA’s tenant association members. FMTA members are encouraged to bring tenant issues to the discussion so that our position is strengthened when dealing with the politicians who make decisions on our behalf. The FMTA is exploring various plans of action to get the rights that tenants deserve. City Councillors have also been invited.

NOTE: All active members of the FMTA are welcome to attend the AGM, while all tenant advocates are able to attend the Tenant Association Assembly.

See attached flyers for full details of this event:
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The FMTA (Federation of Metro Tenant’s Associations) is extending an invitation to all Tenant Association members and friends to attend their 39th Annual General Meeting.

The agenda of the meeting includes:  Board and Staff Reports, Presentation of the Audited Financial Statements, Appointment of the Auditor, Member motions, Board Elections and also a Tenant Forum. You will be brought up-to-date on what the Federation has done in 2013/14 as well as what is planned for 2014/15.

Details of the event are:

Date: Tuesday June 10th, 2014 at 6:30pm.
Location: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) – 252 Bloor St. W, Toronto, (Room 4426)
Contact: fmta@torontotenants.org  or check their website at: http://www.torontotenants.org/

With regard to the Tenant Forum, the FMTA has for many years undertaken a number of campaigns related to Above Guideline Rent Increases, rent control, landlord licensing, tenant representation and affordable housing.  In this election year tenant participation in the Tenant Forum is encouraged as tenants will have an opportunity to discuss a range of tenant issues and become more familiar with issues related to their tenancy.

This forum is of particular relevance because of the upcoming provincial and municipal election campaigns.  With additional knowledge tenants will be better equipped to engage political candidates on tenants issues as they campaign for your support at the ballot box.  Candidates for the Provincial election in Beaches/East York riding are:  Michael Prue (NDP, incumbent), Arthur Potts (Liberal),  Nicholas Johnson (Conservative), Debra Scott (Green Party)

NOTE –  After consultation with a variety of organizations including the FMTA, the City of Toronto has created a Tenant Issues Sub-Committee.  The Committee meets for the first time on June 16th, 2014.  All tenants, tenant leaders and tenant advocates should come and raise issues that they believe are important directly to Councillors. The agenda has not been published for this meeting. For more details refer to this link:

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/decisionBodyProfile.do?function=doPrepare&decisionBodyId=1141#Meeting-2014.TD1

 

 

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