Ten­ants win fight against land­lord

Pact in­cludes rent dis­counts, al­lowances for mov­ing

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A re­cent de­ci­sion by the On­tario Mu­nic­i­pal Board is be­ing hailed as a vic­tory for renters dis­placed by the city’s grow­ing condo boom.

“It’s a real David ver­sus Go­liath story,” said Rocco Mat­tuci, a char­tered ac­coun­tant and cochair of the ten­ant as­so­ci­a­tion at 33 Holly St. and 44 Dun­field Ave.

Ten­ants at both sites have reached an agree­ment with Compton Man­age­ment that will see them re­ceive re­funds, rental dis­counts and mov­ing al­lowances as the land­lord looks to build con­dos in the mid­town neigh­bour­hood.

The de­vel­oper ini­tially wanted to build two high­rise con­dos of 24 and 32 storeys ad­ja­cent to the ex­ist­ing rental build­ings. They also pro­posed adding five new rocco Mat­tuci lev­els on top of the 14-storey rental build­ing, with ameni­ties only ac­ces­si­ble to new condo own­ers.

With the new agree­ment, there won’t be any ad­di­tional storeys added to the ex­ist­ing build­ings. In­stead, the new con­dos will be made taller.

The de­vel­oper also com­mit­ted to build­ing a com­mu­nity park nearby.

Mat­tuci said the agree­ment gives ten­ants a rent re­duc­tion of be­tween 15 and 50 per cent and the op­tion to stay dur­ing the four-year con­struc­tion pe­riod. They can also choose unit ren­o­va­tions, or ap­ply for the new condo at a re­duced price. Those who choose to leave will re­ceive a $1,500 mov­ing al­lowance.

“This goes to show other ten­ants that if they stick to­gether they can achieve more in­stead of be­ing at the mercy of the land­lords,” Mat­tuci said. “A de­vel­oper isn’t go­ing to come and give every­one 50 per cent off. It’s go­ing to be a col­lec­tive ef­fort.”

A de­vel­oper isn’t go­ing to come and give every­one 50 per cent off.

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Rocco Mat­tuci, co-chair of the ten­ant as­so­ci­a­tion, says renters can achieve more by work­ing to­gether.

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