By Tess Kalinowski Real Estate Reporter Fri., Aug. 10, 2018 Three years ago, you could buy a house in London, Ont., for $234,000. Today, it will cost you $364,000. “I call it the Toronto migration ” said real estate broker John DeBlock. “It’s not only from Toronto, though. Toronto people have gone to Kitchener. Kitchener people have come to London.” The GTA’s housing fever may have broken in spring 2017, but its heat is still dispersing around the province. DeBlock predicts it will linger for at least another year, and it isn’t confined to London. In Windsor, realtors are seeing bidding wars on most listings. In Barrie, 38 per cent of home sales involve an out-of-district realtor, most of them representing Toronto-area clients. Retirees, move-up and first-time buyers are looking to get more for their housing dollars by migrating to smaller Ontario markets. Technology and strong provincial employment are helping. … [Read more...] about Toronto home search moves to smaller Ontario cities
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By Kim Zarzour Richmond Hill Liberal Tues., June 26, 2018 This is the only home Rohan Salmon has known since the day, almost 16 years ago, his car rolled over and left him a quadriplegic. Now he lies bedridden, catching his breath every time there is a knock on the door, afraid it could be the sheriff coming to take him away. The sheriff has already entered his apartment once — June 22 — to tell him that he has five days to leave or he would be evicted and delivered to the nearest hospital. “Please, sir, I am not a criminal,” Salmon cried as his caregiver, Julia, sobbed beside him. “What is going to happen to me? Where will you take me?” Now Salmon, 49, waits, unable to move from the extra-large bariatric hospital bed he has been in since 2005. Article Continued Below The Richmond Hill assisted living residence took him in 15 years ago, promising to give him a safe and comfortable home for as long as he needed. Now Salmon … [Read more...] about Richmond Hill assisted living home attempting to evict quadriplegic man
By Bambang Sadewo Metroland Thu., June 7, 2018 Longtime NDP MPP Peter Tabuns retained his Toronto seat, securing over 60 per cent of the vote as of Thursday evening. The Toronto-Danforth riding, which covers an area of 29 square kilometres and has a population of 106,880, is traditionally a stronghold for the New Democratic Party. Tabuns — a former city councillor and executive director of Greenpeace Canada — has served the diverse community for the past 12 years. In 2017, Tabuns tabled a bill calling for rent control expansion to include private rental units built after 1991. He campaigned to revisit the regulation that allows landlords to unfairly hike rents under the guise of the above-guideline rent increase. Tabuns won a byelection to replace fellow party member Marilyn Churley in 2006, a seat she held for 15 years. He was re-elected in 2007, 2011, and 2014. In the last election, the incumbent bested Rob Newman from the Liberal party by some 3,000 … [Read more...] about Peter Tabuns re-elected in NDP stronghold Toronto-Danforth
By Natalie Paddon The Hamilton Spectator Mon., June 4, 2018 The number of landlords trying to evict tenants through applications to the local Landlord and Tenant Board office jumped by 95 per cent from 2010 to 2016. Over the same six-year period, the Ontario-wide increase of landlords making an L2 application — the next step if tenants contest the form used to evict them — was 58 per cent. A new rental housing report called Out of Control — released Friday by the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton, the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction and the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic — argues Ontario should put in place additional protections to keep rent increases reasonable and create a healthy market. The report, which comes less than a week before the provincial election, compares the rental landscapes in Hamilton and Quebec City — two cities of comparable size and growth but with different tenant protection policies, … [Read more...] about Report calls for Ontario to keep rental increases reasonable
By Vjosa Isai Staff Reporter Tues., March 27, 2018 Parkdale tenants are on a winning streak. In one of Toronto’s rapidly gentrifying neighbourhoods, the consecutive successes of two major protests against landlords in the past year demonstrates the power tenants have when mobilizing around their demands, housing advocates say, but it also underscores the need for more regulation from the provincial government. The latest victory came this week after tenants at a King St. W. highrise stopped paying rent for two months in response to a bid from their landlord, property management firm Nuspor Investments, to raise rents by more than double the amount recommended by the government. Nuspor Investments has since abandoned the bid, and tenants are slated to meet on Wednesday to discuss next steps. “It’s a rare demonstration of the economic power that residential tenants have. We don’t see it very often, but the reality is every month, … [Read more...] about Are rent-strikes the new war plan for priced-out tenants?