News in Housing Law
The goal of the centre's website, called Canadian Housing Equality Resources (CHER), is to provide housing workers and advocates across Canada with information and tools to enable them to overcome the barriers that keep people from accessing and retaining adequate housing.
In a letter to the Toronto Star, the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario argues that the eviction of a woman from her home of 53 years is a by-product of the government’s failure to get rid of vacancy decontrol.
A "rent bank" that will allow victims of domestic violence to borrow money to help them get re-established will soon be offered through Victim Services of Brant.
Tenants of the St. James Town neighbourhood have received a $50,000 grant from the Atkinson Foundation intended to help a local community group identify key issues in the housing complex, then mobilize residents to advocate for themselves.
A Toronto lawyer is launching a class-action lawsuit against the Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC), the City of Toronto, and the provincial government to force them to complete millions of dollars of neglected repairs at TCHC apartments.
As part of its ongoing consultation on human rights and rental housing, the Ontario Human Rights Commission has posted on its web site online surveys to be completed by both tenants and service providers.
The rent increase guideline for the year 2008 will be 1.4 per cent, the lowest guideline in the history of rent regulation in Ontario. The 2008 guideline was calculated for the first time under the new Residential Tenancies Act, and is based upon the Ontario Consumer Price Index.
The provincial benchmark that caps most rent increases has been announced for 2008, and it's the lowest in 20 years. But both the Federation of Metro Tenants' Associations and the Greater Toronto Apartment Association have reasons for disliking the new formula used to set the cap.
A proposed Toronto bylaw would require landlords to obtain the city's permission before demolishing rental apartments or converting them to condominiums. Tenant advocates applaud the proposed bylaw and encourage the city to get tough on landlords who harass tenants to induce them to move.
Toronto apartment inspectors have received unwritten instructions to give preferential treatment to buildings owned by the city's Toronto Community Housing Corporation, city councillors allege.