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:

Cold Weather Blues: Heat, Leaks and Snow Removal

Snow in the City

As cold weather approaches, it is time to remind ourselves of our legal rights that we have forgotten in the warm summer months. Check out the laws that protect you with regards to heat, leaks, and snow removal.

CLEO Launches Legal Rights Website!

Your Legal Rights

The Centre for Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) has created a new website:

On their website, you can access a wide selection of resources with free, practical, and easy-to-find legal information.

Some of the resources come in many languages.

International Tenants Day Rally - Today!

Come and help us wrap up International Tenants Month on the 25th annual International Tenants Day!

International Tenants Day Rally
October 3rd, 2011
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, 777 Bay Street 12:00pm

Come out and show your support for tenant rights in the City.!

FMTA in the News in September

Coming Soon! FMTA's ED Geordie Dent speaking with CP24 about tenant rights.
Watch for it on the "Know Your Rights" section of CP24's website.

FMTA "State of the Unit" Report Released

State of the Unit cover

The report focuses on recent issues that have been particularly
significant for tenants across Toronto including repairs, affordability,
bed bugs, hoarding and discrimination. It reviews a number of reports
on poverty in Toronto, and how socio-economic factors like affordability
and gentrification shape neighbourhoods in the city, access to

Reminder - Register for Tenant Summit this Weekend

Just a friendly reminder to register for the 2011 Tenant Summit if you have not done so already. Info on registration below.

Joe Fiorito from the Toronto Star will be speaking at this year's summit, while tenants will also be able to access workshops, some film screenings and discussions on tenancy issues in our City.

October 1st, 2011

Provincial Election Housing Fact Sheets - By Social Planning Toronto and

A message from Social Planning Toronto:  "Please find attached Social Planning Toronto and Vote for Housing's four housing election fact sheets. We hope that you will find them a useful resource in your provincial election organizing work and in raising housing issues at all-candidates meetings, with community and neighbours and with the candidates at the door.

Guideline Amount Released for 2012 - 3.1%

From The Canadian Press:

Ontario's governing Liberals say if they are re-elected this fall they will change the way the province's rent increase rate is set after it took one of the biggest jumps in years Friday.

International Tenants Month! September 3rd to October 3rd - Updated!

This year, the FMTA is teaming up with several organizations in the GTA to hold our first annual International Tenants Day!

What is International Tenants Day?

International Tenants Day is an annual event coordinated by the Swedish-based International Union of Tenants. It aims to promote tenant rights around the world while creating awareness of tenant issues.