Tenant advocates seek meeting with housing minister over high eviction rates

April 30, 2008

Tenants Still Facing Eviction - More than Legislative Reform Needed

For the second straight year, almost 65,000 Ontario households faced eviction applications in 2007. In Toronto alone, over 29,000 tenants were threatened.

Most distressing is that this represents the first year under the new Residential Tenancies Act. Despite legislative improvements it is clear that rents are too high and incomes are too low. The inevitable result is that many people will fall behind.

The Landlord Tenant Board does not release numbers of final eviction orders, and it also can not account for tenants who leave without any legal action when they fall behind in the rent.

In 2006, the Province beat their 2005 record for eviction applications. The numbers remain at or above the 2005 levels, and slightly below the 2006 levels.

In contrast only 1,228 tenant applications were made to take landlords to the Board for maintenance issues.

The Federation of Metro Tenants’ Associations is calling for measures to reduce rents, and to improve tenant incomes. Among other things, the FMTA supports the call for a further increase in the minimum wage.

The Federation is seeking a meeting with the Minister of Housing for Ontario, Jim Watson. The Government must review and reconsider their policies on rental housing to allow tenants to live in safe decent affordable housing.

Special guest Olivia Chow, Member of Parliament, will join members of the Federation on May 31 for their Annual General Meeting at OISE, 252 Bloor Street W., room 2-214 (10:30 am). Together we will be continuing the fight for fairness for tenants and affordable rental housing.

Dan McIntyre 416-413-9442, 647-286-5441
Geordie Dent 416-646-1772

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Federation of Metro Tenants' Associations news release