May 6, 2003
The Honourable David Young, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
And Mr. Chisanga Puta-Chekwe, Chair, Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal
Re: SARS and Tenants
We are writing to ask that no tenant be evicted if that tenant is a victim of SARS.
Victims include those stricken by the disease or those who lose their jobs or livelihood because of the disease.
Under section 84 of the Act, Tribunal Officers appear to have sufficient legal authority to deny an eviction on the basis of unfairness. However, leadership should come from one or both of you, and a directive should be issued by you.
We note in the variety of measures taken by Governments, that the Federal Government has said that there will be measures to protect against defaulting on mortgages.
We thank you for your immediate attention to this serious issue.
Gail Nyberg and Dan McIntyre