Private member's bill calls for extension of rent control after CBC Toronto series

Posted
March 16, 2017

A private member's bill to be put forward Thursday by NDP MPP Peter Tabuns aims to make rental housing more affordable in the province. It calls for the end of an exemption that removes rent control from nearly all rental units built after 1991.

Tabuns, MPP for Toronto-Danforth, will speak about his bill at Queen's Park at 10 a.m. He previewed its contents Thursday on CBC Radio's Metro Morning.

Tabuns said his bill will call for rent control to be extended to units that came on the market after 1991.

"People deserve protection against unreasonable rent increases," Tabuns told Metro Morning. "The exemption that exists now for buildings built after 1991 needs to go. It isn't helping people anymore. In fact, it's putting people in a very difficult position."

The move follows weeks of reporting by CBC Toronto on the city's rental-market crunch, including the struggles of many would-be tenants to find affordable housing.

The issue of the 1991 loophole has been at the forefront of the discussion, with CBC Toronto's Shannon Martin first detailing the increase on her downtown rental from $1,650 per month to $2,600 per month. Since Martin told her story, readers, listeners and viewers have shared their own similar experiences.

Nicole Meredith, 25, has been forced to move out of her one-bedroom condo-apartment on Queen Street West after her rent jumped $425 per month.

"Nothing that is younger than I am in Toronto is even covered by the regulations in place," Meredith told CBC Toronto last month.

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