FMTA News

Automatic Rent Reductions 2012: Questions and Answers

This year, over 170,000 rent reductions are going out to tenants in the City of Toronto.

Go to the City of Toronto's website to learn more and see if you qualify for a rent reduction: http://www.toronto.ca/housing/rent-lower.htm

You can also call the Tenant Hotline at 416-921-9494.

The following are the most common questions faced by the FMTA:

 

CMHC Releases Fall 2011 Rental Housing Report: Vacancy Rates Down

Apartment

The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation's Fall 2011 Rental Market Report show that vacancy rates for rental housing in Canada's major centres have fallen an average of 0.4%, from 2.6% in October of 2010 to 2.2% in the same month one year later.

AODA requirements change for businesses, including landlords, coming into effect January 1st, 2012

Effective on January 1st, 2012, the changes in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act requirements will extend from public institutions to include businesses, including landlords and property management companies.

Some highlights from the new AODA requirements:

Cold Weather Blues: Heat, Leaks and Snow Removal

Snow in the City

As cold weather approaches, it is time to remind ourselves of our legal rights that we have forgotten in the warm summer months. Check out the laws that protect you with regards to heat, leaks, and snow removal.

CLEO Launches Legal Rights Website!

Your Legal Rights

The Centre for Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) has created a new website: www.yourlegalrights.on.ca

On their website, you can access a wide selection of resources with free, practical, and easy-to-find legal information.

Some of the resources come in many languages.

International Tenants Day Rally - Today!

Come and help us wrap up International Tenants Month on the 25th annual International Tenants Day!

International Tenants Day Rally
October 3rd, 2011
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, 777 Bay Street 12:00pm

Come out and show your support for tenant rights in the City.!

FMTA in the News in September

Coming Soon! FMTA's ED Geordie Dent speaking with CP24 about tenant rights.
Watch for it on the "Know Your Rights" section of CP24's website.

FMTA "State of the Unit" Report Released

State of the Unit cover

The report focuses on recent issues that have been particularly
significant for tenants across Toronto including repairs, affordability,
bed bugs, hoarding and discrimination. It reviews a number of reports
on poverty in Toronto, and how socio-economic factors like affordability
and gentrification shape neighbourhoods in the city, access to

Reminder - Register for Tenant Summit this Weekend

Just a friendly reminder to register for the 2011 Tenant Summit if you have not done so already. Info on registration below.

Joe Fiorito from the Toronto Star will be speaking at this year's summit, while tenants will also be able to access workshops, some film screenings and discussions on tenancy issues in our City.

October 1st, 2011

Provincial Election Housing Fact Sheets - By Social Planning Toronto and voteforhousing.ca

A message from Social Planning Toronto:  "Please find attached Social Planning Toronto and Vote for Housing's four housing election fact sheets. We hope that you will find them a useful resource in your provincial election organizing work and in raising housing issues at all-candidates meetings, with community and neighbours and with the candidates at the door.