FMTA News

City of Toronto Rooming House Review: Survey

The City of Toronto is embarking on a review to address issues related to rooming houses.

Please take the time to participate in a survey. This survey is one method of gathering feedback from the public. To learn more about the Rooming House Review, please visit

www.toronto.ca/mlshaveyoursay.

 

About this survey

THE RENTAL GAP: IS TORONTO IN THE MIDST OF A RENTAL RENAISSANCE OR IS IT MORE OF THE SAME?

The article, recently published in the Globe and Mail, paints a picture of divergent trends in the Toronto rental market.

NEW AND UPDATED: WHAT TENANTS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE LAW

This publication provides easy-to-understand information about various  common questions and  legal issues encountered by tenants. The publication is available in English and French and covers the life of a tenancy. Click here for a copy:

http://www.cleo.on.ca/en/publications/tenantsaccess

NEW PROGRAM PROVIDING ON-BILL CREDIT TO LOW-INCOME ELECTRICITY CONSUMERS

The Low-Income Energy Network (LIEN) welcomed Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli's announcement that the provincial government is moving forward to establish an Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP) for eligible low-income consumers to be in place by January 1, 2016.

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.

AUTOMATIC RENT REDUCTION 2015: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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:  

 

NEW FUNDING ANNOUNCED FOR LEGAL AID ONTARIO

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.