FMTA in the News!

In October, the FMTA was featured in several sources talking about low vacancy rates and tips on looking for housing:

Renters: How to Steer Clear of Bad Apartments and Lousy Landlords

FMTA Launches Connecting Communities Tenant School

On October 1st, the FMTA and Law Foundation of Ontario launched the
Connecting Communities Tenant School. The School is a two year project
being done in conjunction with Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office, Rexdale
Women's Centre and the Working Women's Community Center.

Is the heat getting you down? Start a heat registry!

A heat registry is like a neighbourhood watch but instead of keeping your community safe you are ensuring that your neighbours are protected from the extreme heat.

City of Toronto Earmarks $250,000 for Bedbug Funding

On Thursday May 20, 2012 city council unanimously voted to spend $250,000 towards fightning bedbugs and assisting the Toronto's bedbug eradication team. This team is responsible for over 4,136 inspections in 2011 and 180 deep cleans. If you would like to access more assistance with bedbugs contact 311 and explain your situation

For more information on bedbugs in the City of Toronto

Limits Set On Guideline Rent Increases

On Wednesday June 13, 2012 the government of Ontario passed legislation that amended the Residential Tenancies Act as it relates to guideline rent increases. Previous to this amendment the guideline increase was set by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and would go as high as the index allowed. Now the guideline increase is still set by the CPI but it is capped at 2.5 percent.

New Resources!

The FMTA's Guide to Tenant Rights is now available in Hungarian.

FMTA's 38th Annual General Meeting

Join the FMTA for our 38th Annual General Meeting on June 23rd, 2012 at 10am.

The AGM will be held at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) - 252 Bloor St. W, Room TBD

All FMTA AGM's include:

Operation Maple Presents: Living with Bedbugs

A video created by Operation Maple on living with Bedbugs in Toronto.

Featuring Bart Poesiak from Parkdale Legal Services.

FMTA Exposes Bad Landlords

Bad landlords have recently been exposed by the FMTA in a series of news articles.

The CBC program market place recently ran a 30 minute segment on a large corporate landlord who was not doing maintenance and had tenants living in delporable conditions.

Wellesley Institute on Human Rights and Zoning

A year ago, the Ontario Municipal Board struck down a zoning bylaw in Kitchener that restricted supportive housing in a particular neighbourhood, citing the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The Advocacy Centre for Tenant in Ontario (ACTO) was the motivating force behind this case.