December 4, 2003, For Immediate Release
The Federation of Metro Tenants' Associations is advising the new Ontario Government to keep its promise of "real protection for tenants at all times." It is time TO STOP ALL RENT INCREASES PENDING NEW LEGISLATION.
The FMTA has developed a Redprint containing 29 recommendations for fair legislation for tenants. This was approved as a statement in principle at the Federation's Annual General Meeting last Saturday.
"When adopted, there will not be any more unfair rent increases in Ontario," stated Dan McIntyre, Outreach Program Co-Ordinator for the FMTA, "and it will end the horrible nightmare of vacancy decontrol. We will also close the eviction factory known as the Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal."
The Redprint was delivered to the Minister, The Honourable John Gerretsen on December 3rd. "We have started on the right path to get the changes that tenants need," said Gail Nyberg, Hotline Co-Ordinator of the Federation.
"The moratorium on increases is essential. Landlords are still taking rent increases and still exploiting tenants. The damages of the Tenant Protection Act must stop now," said Vivienne Loponen, Chair of the FMTA Board.