FMTA News

New Resources!

The FMTA's Guide to Tenant Rights is now available in Hungarian.

FMTA's 38th Annual General Meeting

Join the FMTA for our 38th Annual General Meeting on June 23rd, 2012 at 10am.

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

All FMTA AGM's include:

Operation Maple Presents: Living with Bedbugs

A video created by Operation Maple on living with Bedbugs in Toronto.

Featuring Bart Poesiak from Parkdale Legal Services.

FMTA Exposes Bad Landlords

Bad landlords have recently been exposed by the FMTA in a series of news articles.

The CBC program market place recently ran a 30 minute segment on a large corporate landlord who was not doing maintenance and had tenants living in delporable conditions.

Wellesley Institute on Human Rights and Zoning

A year ago, the Ontario Municipal Board struck down a zoning bylaw in Kitchener that restricted supportive housing in a particular neighbourhood, citing the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The Advocacy Centre for Tenant in Ontario (ACTO) was the motivating force behind this case.

Support Your Federation!

The FMTA is now on Paypal and can accept credit card or internet-based donations or membership applications.  Donating or becoming a member of the FMTA has never been easier!

VECC and FMTA Save Millions in Hydro Costs for Toronto Tenants

A proposed increase in hydro rates by Toronto Hydro has been denied by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) after recommendations made by the FMTA. 

More can be read here.

Toronto Hydro was seeking to increase rates by $5 month for a typical Toronto household.

Automatic Rent Reductions 2012: Questions and Answers

This year, over 170,000 rent reductions 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: http://www.toronto.ca/housing/rent-lower.htm

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

The following are the most common questions faced by the FMTA:

 

CMHC Releases Fall 2011 Rental Housing Report: Vacancy Rates Down

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The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation's Fall 2011 Rental Market Report show that vacancy rates for rental housing in Canada's major centres have fallen an average of 0.4%, from 2.6% in October of 2010 to 2.2% in the same month one year later.

AODA requirements change for businesses, including landlords, coming into effect January 1st, 2012

Effective on January 1st, 2012, the changes in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act requirements will extend from public institutions to include businesses, including landlords and property management companies.

Some highlights from the new AODA requirements: