Relief for renters in Midtown
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.