Toronto Tenants Rights
|This old site is no longer updated. Please visit the new home of this site. Last updated September 1, 2005.|
Save and print out this Tenant Poster in (Microsoft) MS Word format. If you are happy with the work of this web site it would be greatly appreciated if you were to put up one or more of these half-page posters, in your laundry room, community centre, grocery store or other bulletin board, to inform other tenants of this free web site. And yes, the bottom of the page needs a few cuts to separate the tags with the address of this web site. Thank you.
West Lodge Tenants Association, Parkdale Toronto
For the many people who have inquired as to how to contact them, click on the underlined title above.
Ontario Rent Increase Guideline for 2006 set at 2.1%
This is up from 1.5% for 2005.
Starting with 2005, the government removed the 2% bonus for landlords that had first been brought in under the
Peterson Liberal government's Residential Rent Regulation Act of 1986.
Tenants associations like the North Toronto Tenants Network, the West Lodge Toronto Tenants Association, and this web site, have been saying for years there should be no yearly government guideline setting minimum rent increases. Find out why in our (last yearly,) August 30, 2003, Press Release on Ontario rent increase guidelines. You can also read more on my Renters News and Social Justice Issues page.
Be sure to contact the Minister of Housing Hon. John Gerretsen to demand that there be a new tenant and landlord law with no guideline increase at all unless the landlord can justify it with expenses for necessary improvements and not unnecessary ones just as an excuse to jack up rents or ones necessary due to landlord neglect.
To see the Ministry's press release you can visit 2006 Rent Increase Guideline Released
Will the McGuinty Government be the death of Rent Controls in Ontario?
If you are unhappy with the actions of the McGuinty government and the lack of tenants rights , you can download this poster about the Premier of Ontario Dalton McGuinty and his government's new tenant law.
They pretend to invite tenant input: "Have Your Say: The Tenant Protection Act", but, the McGuinty government tells us their version of the "facts." Then they provide us with a biased questionnaire. Even in their Town Hall meetings they are only giving tenants 2 minutes each to express what changes tenants need to the law to these poorly advertised events often located in areas inconvient for tenants.
Don't be fooled by their questionnaire! They ask: "6. In your opinion, how high should a regionís vacancy rate be before the government looks at removing rent controls?" They do not ask if rent controls should be removed or not, instead they are asking when would it be acceptable: "a) 3 per cent", "b) Higher than 3 per cent", or "c) No opinion/donít know".
Guess where who sets the "vacancy rate"? Not the Government of Ontario! Not even CMHC, (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation). It is the landlords who are very well organized who set the vacancy rate when they report their claimed vacancies to CMHC. The landlords only have to simply report as many "vacancies" as necessary to CMHC and get the McGuinty government to remove rent control under this "Regional Decontrol" that was part of McGuinty's election platform.
Contact your MPP and demand that full rent control restored everywhere. Tell them we want more affordable housing, now. Let them know you will remember what their government did or did not do come the next election! And here is an interesting article on Greg Sorbara the Liberal Ontario finance minister.
You can find your MPP and how to contact them here Find your Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament, MPP.
You can also write letters to the editors of local newspapers and other media to express your concerns and opinions. Check out my Canadian media page, including direct links to write letters to the editors.
Support the Ontario Rent Rollback Petition
To view and sign it visit the Ontario Rent Roll Back Petition. The
North Toronto Tenants Association first suggested on June 16, 1998, that to undo the devestation that would be caused by the
Tenant Protection Act, only rolling back rents to those levels before the Act, would undo the damage done.