FMTA News

New Website Connects Abused Women To Shelters Across Canada

A new website aims to give women and children seeking shelter from domestic abuse a one-stop connection to help.  The Shelter Safe website (address below) provides a clickable map of roughly 400 shelters across Canada, as well as 24-hour contact information and links to their websites.

http://www.sheltersafe.ca/

TENANT ASSOCIATION PROFILE: EPITOME APARTMENTS TA (160 Huron St.)

Founded in 2013,  the Epitome Apartments Tenants Association works to improve quality of life and reasonable enjoyment for existing and new tenants. After their building, 160 Huron was purchased by Akelius Canada (a relatively new entry to the Toronto rental market), tenants noticed a significant decline in maintenance and repairs as well as reduced transparency and accountability.

FMTA's Annual General Meeting & Tenant Assembly- 2015!

Join the FMTA for our 41st Annual General Meeting on Saturday, June 6th, 2015 at 1pm.

The AGM will be held at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) - 252 Bloor St. W, Room 2212

All FMTA AGM's include:

Upcoming Forum: May 6th: Rental Housing; Can We Do Better?

The Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership presents a public forum:

Rental Housing: Can We Do Better? 

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.