The Annual Rent Guideline Increase for 2020 is 2.2%.
Tenant Hotline: 416-921-9494

Outreach & Organizing

The Outreach & Organizing team provides information, referrals, workshops, and outreach & organizing services for tenants in the City of Toronto. The majority of our work focuses on assisting tenants in disputing Above Guideline Rent Increases (AGI), and we also help tenants fight demolitions or conversions, provide general workshops on tenants' rights, as well as information and referrals for tenants.

The Outreach & Organizing team provides information, referrals, workshops, and outreach & organizing services for tenants in the City of Toronto. The majority of our work focuses on assisting tenants in disputing Above Guideline Rent Increases (AGI), and we also help tenants fight demolitions or conversions, provide general workshops on tenants' rights, as well as information and referrals for tenants.

Our office phone number is 416-413-9442. You can also email fmta@torontotenants.org and we'll forward your email to the Outreach team.

Outreach

When our office is informed by the City that a building will be facing an AGI, we flyer the building and hold a meeting a few days later. Meetings are scheduled at a convenient time and place for tenants -- that means evenings, weekends, and any place in the City of Toronto. We most commonly hold our workshops in the lobby or common spaces of buildings.

Organizing

We help organize tenants who want to dispute the AGI (or demolition) and save money off their rent. Whether tenants want to apply for a Tenant Defense Fund grant, self-represent, fundraise themselves or do nothing, we're there to let people know what they can do and the possible outcomes/impacts.

Our services include:

  • We give general information on Above Guideline Rent Increases and Demolition/Conversion applications that affect rental housing in the City of Toronto
  • We help tenants apply for a Basic Support Grant, an Additional Support Grant or Tenant-led Maintenance grant from the Tenant Defense Fund
  • We provide resources and inform tenants about their ability to self-represent at hearings
  • We inform Tenants about the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) and what to expect from their hearing at the Board
  • We assist tenants in connecting with appropriate resources in Toronto.

Workshops, Research and Policy

The Outreach Team is also staffed to help with in-depth research on landlords, legislative changes and new trends in the rental market.  We also deliver a select number of workshops to community groups and agencies in Toronto.

Our workshops are designed to be as comprehensive as possible. We cover all aspects of the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) as they relate to various groups of people, for example; people entering the rental market (students); New Canadians and Immigrants; Racialized Communities; and Community Agencies. Contact us if you are interested in having us facilitate a workshop for your organization.

 


The Outreach & Organizing Team is funded by the City of Toronto Tenant Defence Fund

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