Re­lief for renters in Mid­town

Midtown Post - - News - Josh Mat­low Ward 22 Coun­cil­lor

Mid­town Toronto has the high­est per­cent­age of tenants in the city. Over the past few years, I have heard from an in­creas­ing num­ber of renters that Toronto is be­com­ing more and more un­af­ford­able. There are far too many peo­ple in our neigh­bour­hoods who strug­gle to pay for gro­ceries and monthly rent.

That’s why I was pleased Queen’s Park re­cently an­nounced an end to the loop­hole in the Res­i­den­tial Ten­an­cies Act al­low­ing land­lords un­lim­ited monthly in­creases on tenants liv­ing in units built af­ter 1991, which in some cases had seen rents dou­ble overnight. The prov­ince’s an­nounce­ment was the re­sult of a long cam­paign I’ve been a part of that is led by many tenants, in­clud­ing John Plumadore, chair of Fed­er­a­tion of Metro Toronto Tenants’ As­so­ci­a­tions and pres­i­dent of the Ten­ant As­so­ci­a­tion at the Brent­wood Tow­ers in Mid­town, along with ACORN, ACTO, my of­fice staff and many oth­ers.

Lo­cal tenants will also ben­e­fit from ad­di­tional changes to the Res­i­den­tial Ten­an­cies Act, in­clud­ing en­abling a stan­dard lease to help tenants and land­lords know their rights and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, while re­duc­ing the num­ber of dis­putes; pro­tect­ing tenants from evic­tion due to abuse of the “land­lord’s own use” pro­vi­sion; en­sur­ing land­lords can’t pur­sue for­mer tenants for unau­tho­rized charges; pro­hibit­ing above-guide­line rent in­creases in build­ings where el­e­va­tor main­te­nance or­ders have not been ad­dressed; and re­mov­ing above-guide­line rent in­creases for util­i­ties.

We've made progress but there's more work to do. I will con­tinue ad­vo­cat­ing for a more af­ford­able Toronto.

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