By Tamar Harris Staff Reporter Fri., June 8, 2018 High rents aren’t just a Toronto problem. Pricey monthly payments, a feature of downtown living, are leaking into the suburbs and beyond, experts say. For a one-bedroom in Barrie, according to PadMapper in May 2018: $1,380 a month. In Oshawa, you’ll pay about $1,130. In Kitchener: $1,100, and in Hamilton: $1,060. And those rents are increasing, fast. In Barrie — which has the fourth highest average in Canada, according to PadMapper — rent for a typical one bedroom is up 15 per cent from last year. Oshawa is up 15.3 per cent, Kitchener has had a 13.4 per cent increase and Hamilton 14 per cent. That’s close to the skyrocketing year-over-year increase in Toronto itself, at 15.6 per cent. The cost of renting outside the core is still lower — renters looking for a one-bedroom in Toronto will pay around $2,080 a month, the second highest average in Canada, after Vancouver … [Read more...] about The cost of rent is rising fast in Toronto’s neighbouring cities
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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?
By Peter Goffin The Canadian Press Mon., March 26, 2018 A two-month rent strike at a west Toronto highrise is expected to end after a landlord abandoned a bid to raise tenants’ rents by more than double the amount recommended by the government. Property management firm Nuspor Investments issued a letter to tenants of a 189-unit building in Toronto’s rapidly gentrifying Parkdale neighbourhood on Monday, saying it had decided to withdraw its application to Ontario’s Landlord and Tenant Board for the special increase. “I’m over the moon,” said Kerry Riordan, one of around 55 tenants who have refused to pay their rent since Feb. 1. “This is obviously what we’ve been working towards, and we were totally prepared to go into month three, so this is definitely much better.” Last year, the government of Ontario extended rent control — which previously had applied only to units that came into use prior to November 1991 … [Read more...] about Parkdale tenant strike expected to end after landlord backs down on rent increase
Tenants at a highrise in an up-and-coming Toronto neighbourhood have staged a rent strike, saying landlords are taking advantage of loopholes in Ontario’s housing law to drive low-income residents out of their homes.More than 50 tenants of a building in Toronto’s rapidly gentrifying Parkdale community are refusing to pay their rent after the property manager — Nuspor Investments — applied for government permission to increase rent by nearly double the legally permitted amount.“This building is going to kick people out with the rent increases if they’re allowed to go above the (provincial rent) guidelines,” striking tenant Mark Farquharson said.“A lot of people in this building are pensioners and they’re going to be gone in another five years because they can’t afford it.”Last year the government of Ontario extended rent control — which previously had applied only to units that came into use prior to November 1991 … [Read more...] about Parkdale residents protest ‘loophole’ allowing landlords to drive up rent