By Emily Mathieu Affordable Housing Reporter Sun., Feb. 24, 2019 In a case of profit trumping penalty, a Toronto landlord has been fined $75,000 for forcing out long-term tenants under the guise of renovations — money it can recoup in a matter of months thanks to a legislative loophole that allowed the permanent installation of new renters paying three times the price. The landlord for a lowrise, eight-unit rental building at 795 College St. showed a “blatant disregard” for the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) when it evicted five tenants from three units for renovations, ignored their requests to return, then put those new units up for rent, the Landlord and Tenant board ruled earlier this month. But the landlord, a company called 795 College Inc., is “profiting enormously” from flouting the law, wrote board adjudicator Dale Whitmore in a Feb 7. decision. It was the board that ordered the original College St. tenants out, … [Read more...] about Landlord fined $75,000 for evicting tenants in bad faith — money it can recoup in less than a year from higher rents
House rent allowances rules
By Tess Kalinowski Real Estate Reporter Thu., Nov. 15, 2018 The Ontario government’s removal of rent controls on new, previously unoccupied rental units will mean higher housing costs in the future but won’t do much to relieve Toronto’s historically low vacancy rate, at least in the near term, say tenant and housing experts. Starting immediately, rent control rules will no longer apply to buildings and flats being rented for the first time, the Progressive Conservative government announced in an economic statement on Thursday. “Everybody who’s an existing tenant today is protected ... but the challenge for the future is there is no supply ... the one thing the government can do to bring in new supply is to open the market,” Finance Minister Vic Fedeli said. Geordie Dent, executive director of the Federation of Metro Tenants’ Associations, called it a return to the “economic evictions” of former PC premier … [Read more...] about Removing rent control on new units won’t ease Toronto’s housing crisis, tenant and housing experts say
By Cathrin Bradbury Special to the Star Wed., Oct. 3, 2018 I’m sitting at my shiny white kitchen table, round and bright as a happy face, and talking to Sara, my boarder. Sara’s face is not happy, and one of the perils of turning your home into a boarding house, doing your bit for the Toronto housing crisis, is an unhappy boarder. Sara is sad because she thinks my squat stucco house with four sides of windows, where she rented a room on a lovely 1st of July, is infested with bugs. “It’s just the occasional fly because I don’t use screens,” I say, waving my hand at the flung-open windows. A summer breeze eddies around us. “So.” The So is for finality, to get Sara out the door to the University of Toronto lab where she spends long hours dissecting brains for her PhD thesis, because as I speak an enormous insect is rappelling in sudden whooshes from the ceiling toward Sara’s chic dark hair, its hairy arms snapping … [Read more...] about Amid the housing crisis, I took in boarders. Next came the pitiless mockery
By Tess Kalinowski Real Estate Reporter Fri., June 15, 2018 Premier-designate Doug Ford must make housing affordability a priority, say builders, realtors and urbanists. “This really is a generational challenge. The challenge of the folks who are going to live in the GTA over the next 25 years is something that needs to be the central focus of the provincial government,” said David Wilkes, CEO of the Building and Land Development Association (BILD). He was among seven experts who told the Toronto Star how a new Ontario Progressive Conservative government could make housing more affordable and more available. Also weighing in were: Cherise Burda, executive director of the Ryerson City Building Institute; Tim Hudak, CEO of the Ontario Real Estate Association; David Amborski, founding director of the Centre for Urban Research and Land Development at Ryerson; Ben Myers, president of Bullpen Research & Consulting; Jeff Parker, senior manager of … [Read more...] about How can Doug Ford fix Toronto-area housing?
By Robert Benzie Queen's Park Bureau Chief Thu., May 31, 2018 In her bid to evict Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne from the premier’s office at Queen’s Park, Andrea Horwath is promising to protect tenants from being evicted from their homes. With one week until the June 7 election, Horwath was campaigning in Toronto on Thursday and vowing to strengthen Wynne’s rent-control rules. “There are still a lot of loose ends around rent evictions,” the NDP leader told reporters on the rooftop deck of a posh condo on St. Joseph St., steps from the Ontario Legislature. “So we’re going to go into the legislation and we’re going to rewrite it and address the ‘renoviction’ piece,” she said, referring to the practice of landlords evicting tenants to renovate their units, then renting them out again for higher fees. Horwath said an NDP government would institute a “rent registry” so tenants would know … [Read more...] about Andrea Horwath promises rent registry to combat ‘renovictions’