Taking Back our Housing offers a series of four concrete proposals for how municipal expropriation powers could be used in ways that could significantly increase the supply of affordable and not-for-profit housing in the City of Toronto. Expropriation is a tool routinely used by the city of Toronto to develop infrastructure such as highways, public transportation, and utilities. However, these powers are only rarely used to address the need for affordable housing.
Despite there being much disagreement on the topic of rent control, this paper put together by Phillip Mendonca- Vieira is a comprehensive sweep that starts with the empirical evidence at our disposal and aims to have a serious discussion about the benefits, drawbacks and impacts of rent control. Tenants and their advocates have long claimed that rent controls are crucial for tenants’ ability to keep their housing stable and affordable. Being a tenant’s rights agency, the FMTA hears from tenants in crisis everyday who tell us about the adverse impacts of sudden and dramatic rent increases on their lives.