Mission

The Federation of Metro Tenants' Associations (FMTA) is a non-profit Organization which advocates for better rights for Tenants. Founded in 1974, we are the oldest and largest Tenant Federation in Canada. The FMTA is comprised of affiliated Tenant Associations and of individual Members. We have over 3,000 members and continue to grow.

Join the FMTA in making sure the HST doesn't hurt tenants!

The Ontario government has announced plans to ensure landlords can't apply for Above Guideline rent increases because of the HST.  This is good news for tenants, BUT the public has until MAY 27th to comment on proposed changes meaning they could still give in to pressure from landlords.  Check out the attached resource and make sure tenant voices are heard on this issue!

"Your Rights. Your Language: Renting A Place to Live" Multi-lingual Audio and Written Materials for Tenants.

Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) has produced a guide to Tenant's Rights in multiple language. It is available in Arabic, Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Tamil, Urdu, French and English. Access it by clicking on the links below:

استئجار محل للسكن

http://www.cleo.on.ca/english/six/Arabic/rent-ar.pdf

The Thousandth Tower: Stories from Inside a Toronto Suburban Highrise

FMTA representatives were in attendance at the May 12, 2010 World Premiere of "The Thousandth Tower: Stories from Inside a Toronto Suburban Highrise". The Thousandth Tower is a National Film Board web-documentary directed by Katerina Cizek. It follows the lives of 6 residents of Toronto apartment towers.

How to Respond to Variance Applications

Have you recently recieved a variance application from your landlord to reduce your Rent Reduction?

In December 2009, 130,000 tenants in the City of Toronto received Rent Reductions because their landlord's taxes had gone down.

Federal Privacy Commissioner Upholds FMTA Complaint

Canada's Federal Privacy Commissioner recently ruled that a database of tenant information made available by a Landlord Legal Group constituted a violation of hundreds of tenant's privacy.

In the ruling the Commissioner found that:

"The Privacy Office confirmed that the database in question contained personal information on Hundreds of tenants across Ontario.

FMTA Joins Public Transit Coalition

The FMTA board recently decided to join the Public Transit Coalition and support the call that:

"that the TTC must be kept public, be properly funded by all levels of Government, and that the Transit City Light Rail plan be completed by 2020."

More information about the Public Transit Coalition can be found at publictransitcoalition.ca.

FMTA Board Responds to Toronto Star Article

Two weeks ago, the FMTA board responded to an article in the Toronto Star where a landlord-group labelled pro-tenant measures related to the HST "unfair."

April 13, 2010

To The Editor
Toronto Star

Re: Landlords call Province's HST Measures Unfair

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