Should we con­sider li­cens­ing land­lords?

Toronto Star - - CANADA -

Re Ten­ant sur­vey bol­sters call for land­lord

li­cens­ing, Nov. 1 The Star has yet again pub­lished an­other story that il­lus­trates the greed and ne­glect of apart­ment land­lords in this city.

Rent is creep­ing so high in this city that some are spend­ing up­ward of 60 to 80 per cent of their in­come on hous­ing alone. What they get for this rent is in­fes­ta­tion after in­fes­ta­tion, mould prob­lems and el­e­va­tor break­downs.

Li­cens­ing land­lords could be the so­lu­tion to the prob­lem. There should also be some sort of au­dit where land­lords would be fined or have rent with­held from units that have un­ac­cept­able con­di­tions. Per­haps with these changes, more power can come to the renters to get con­di­tions that are hab­it­able. Brad Globe, Whitby While I am fully aware that there are many is­sues with hous­ing in Toronto, ACORN’s sta­tis­tics are even more trou­bling. The 174 re­sponses rep­re­sent fewer than 1 per cent of the 20,000 homes. This would be bas­ing the need for yet an­other level of gov­ern­ment in­ter­ven­tion on the prob­lems of 0.058 per cent of the ten­ants of Toronto’s ap­prox­i­mately 300,000 apart­ments.

Are there prob­lem build­ings? Yes, but let’s go after them, not ev­ery­one. Scott Robert­son, Eto­bi­coke

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