The Federation of Metro Tenants' Associations (FMTA) is a non-profit Organization which advocates for better rights for Tenants. Founded in 1974, we are the oldest and largest Tenant Federation in Canada. The FMTA is comprised of affiliated Tenant Associations and of individual Members. We have over 3,000 members and continue to grow.

2015 Rent Increase Guideline

The Ontario government has announced that the annual Rent Increase Guideline, the maximum percentage by which a landlord can increase the rent for most sitting residential tenants without approval from the Landlord and Tenant Board, is 1.6

New Membership Fee Structure

The FMTA Board of Directors has approved a new fee structure for FMTA members.  Now it's more affordable than ever for Tenant Associations to become members of the FMTA.

Membership dues for the FMTA are now:

Individual - $20 / year
Senior, Student, Unemployed - $5 / year
Supporter/Organization Member - $50 / year
Tenants' Association:

Changes Coming to the LTB

There are some changes coming to the LTB which are relevant to tenants. Here is a brief overview:

  1. Updated Forms:

LTB forms will soon be easier to understand and fill out. You will be able to preview the updated forms on the LTB website starting March 1 but please don’t start using the new forms until April 1, 2015.


Tenants Organize for Reduced Rent: Successful at Landlord and Tenant Board

The tenants at39 Riverwood Parkwayrecently won a significant victory in conjuntion with the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO). The Federation, through funding from the Trillium Foundation, was also a part of this success story.


Victory for German Tenants: Parliament Passes Law to Cap Exorbitant Rent Rises

The German Lower House of Parliament recently passed a law to limit rent increases to Metropolitan areas to roughly 10% above local averages for incoming tenants, in order to prevent tenants from being priced out of the rental market. Since 2007, rents have shot up by as much as 30-40% in major urban centres.


This year, several  thousand rent reduction notices are going out to tenants in the City of Toronto.

Go to the City of Toronto's website to learn more and see if you qualify for a rent reduction.

You can also call the Tenant Hotline at 416-921-9494. 

The following are the most common tenant questions on automatic rent reductions:  



Recently, the Attorney-General, Madeleine Meilleur announced the infusion of significant new resources to the financial eligibility guideline for Legal Aid Ontario. By doing this, the government is moving forward on the commitment it made in the June 2014 Provincial budget.

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