FMTA News

HST letter to Finance Minister

  The Honourable Dwight Duncan

 May 21, 2009

 Dear Minister,

The Federation of Metro Tenants' Associations has been a voice for tenants for over thirty five years.  We wish to express some views on the Harmonized Sales Tax as it affects tenants.

New! Smart Sub-Metering Resources

A number of new Smart Sub-Metering resources have been added to the Resources Section of the FMTA website including samples letters, a FMTA flyer and a tenant tip sheet.

To access those resources click here.

Questions, Answers and Info about the smart meter decision

Tenant Tip Sheet - August 2009 - Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario

Has your landlord asked you to agree to take on electricity bills?

Just say no...to smart sub-metering!

Rent Control Story in the Toronto Star

Our friends at ACTO have been quoted in the Toronto Star this week in a story dealing with the lack of rent control in Ontario. Full story here.

Updated! - New Language Guides Available!

Guide to tenants rights thumbnailThe FMTA has recently had our one of our most popular publications, the Guide to Tenant Rights, translated into 7 new languages!  The Guide is now available in Dari, Gujurati, French (new), Somali,

Joe Fiorito speaks at FMTA AGM

The FMTA AGM was held on May 31st at City Hall and produced a new board of directors, a recap of our achievements in 2008/09 and a rousing Keynote address by Joe Fiorito.

Mr. Fiorito spoke passionately and generated some seasoned debate about TCHC community housing and the role of the Federation in fighting for tenant rights in Toronto and Ontario.

 

FMTA Fundraiser a smashing success

The first annual FMTA fundraiser this May at the Ramada Inn was a smashing success. Close to $5000 was raised and over 80 people attended including FMTA members, tenant activists, City Councilors and MPP's. The FMTA would like to thank all our friends and allies in the community who came out and showed their support.

 

Walmer Road Tenants Win Smart Meter Case

After a long drawn out battle with the lawyer for Briar Lane, tenants have won a substantial victory.  The Board ruled that the landlord could not unilaterally switch tenants to paying their own hydro from what the Board called "the landlords third party service provider".

Government Announces Rent Increase Guideline of 2.1%

Today, the Government of Ontario announced the 2010 rent guideline at 2.1%. This is shocking considering the tough economic times that we are in.

The guideline is based on the average inflation for the last 12 month period. Recent reports of lower inflation gave us hope that the guideline would be lowered, not raised.