Councillor Josh Matlow


Ward 22 has the highest percentage of tenants in Toronto. I am committed to working closely with tenants and the provincial government to restore real rent control to curb spiralling apartment rates.
I also understand that the relationship between a tenant and a landlord can often be difficult and confusing. If you rent an apartment or house you have special rights and responsibilities that are governed by City of Toronto by-laws and provincial legislation. Tenants have the right to live in a clean, well-maintained building and not be subjected to rent increases above the provincially mandated increase without reasonable justification, or eviction without a fair hearing at the Landlord and Tenant Board.
The following contact information is for various organizations and agencies that are able to assist you with information, advice and support if you encounter any issues related to your tenancy. As always, please feel free to contact my office for help with any issue related to yourapartment or rental agreement.
City of Toronto Municipal Licensing and Standards: 311 (
Federation of Metro Toronto Tenants’ Associations: (416) 921-9494
Ontario Tenants Rights
Housing Connections (TCHC): (416) 981-6111
Toronto Rent Bank: (416) 924-2543
Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board: (416) 645-8080

18 04, 2019

Toronto-St. Paul’s Tenant Summit: April 28


Please join me, M.P.P. Jill Andrew, MP Carolyn Bennett and Toronto-St. Paul’s Tenant Association Network (TSPTAN) for an afternoon of information, discussion, ideas and action to address tenant issues here in Toronto-St. Paul’s. The event will take place Sunday, April 28th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Oakwood Village Library (341 Oakwood Ave.) [...]

Toronto-St. Paul’s Tenant Summit: April 282019-04-24T18:52:28+00:00
6 03, 2019

Innovative Toronto housing program that matches students and seniors needs $90,000 to continue


By Jennifer Pagliaro City Hall Bureau Wed., March 6, 2019 A program that helps match seniors with rooms to spare and students in need of living accommodations could see up to 400 people more in more affordable housing each year if the city comes up with the necessary funds. In a city where a growing [...]

Innovative Toronto housing program that matches students and seniors needs $90,000 to continue2019-03-13T16:17:01+00:00
5 03, 2019

Tenants support group ‘getting crushed’ by demand


By Emily Mathieu Affordable Housing Reporter Tues., March 5, 2019 Standing in the packed lobby of a Toronto apartment tower Wendy Lum fielded questions, broke down rental housing law basics and marshalled volunteers. It is a familiar and efficient routine. Lum is part of The Federation of Metro Tenants’ Associations and half of a two-person [...]

Tenants support group ‘getting crushed’ by demand2019-03-13T18:33:54+00:00
6 07, 2018

Affordable Housing Crisis


Toronto is in the midst of a housing crisis. This issue was unfortunately made painfully evident during a record-breaking cold snap this past holiday season. The City was not prepared to provide shelter for the growing number of our most vulnerable residents when they needed it most. This completely unacceptable situation was entirely preventable. My [...]

Affordable Housing Crisis2018-07-06T14:46:36+00:00
28 05, 2018

St. Paul’s Riding All Candidates Meeting: Tenants & Affordable Housing


The Toronto St. Paul’s Tenants’ Associations Network will be holding the St. Paul’s Riding All Candidates Meeting where you will have the opportunity to learn where your Provincial candidates stand on today’s tenant issues such as Above Guideline Increases (AGIs), Renovictions, the Landlord and Tenant Board and affordable housing. Please join me in attending this [...]

St. Paul’s Riding All Candidates Meeting: Tenants & Affordable Housing2018-07-06T20:59:26+00:00
28 05, 2018

City Must Act to Protect Toronto Tenants from Extreme Heat


Since 2012, I have been strongly advocating for the City of Toronto to protect tenants from extreme heat. Despite motions that I moved in 2012, 2013, 2014 and, 2017, no substantive action has been implemented by the Medical Officer of Health or the Municipal Licensing, and Standards Division. No solutions were presented to Tenant Issues Committee earlier this year [...]

City Must Act to Protect Toronto Tenants from Extreme Heat2018-07-06T20:55:43+00:00
6 04, 2018

Standing up for Tenants


Rental Market Reality As many of you know, there is a rental housing crisis in Toronto. Vacancy rates have been hovering around 1% in the past year and very few of the limited apartments available are affordable. That’s why I asked City Planning Staff to bring a report on current rental housing market conditions in Toronto. Planning [...]

Standing up for Tenants2018-07-06T20:28:05+00:00
2 02, 2018

Protecting Tenants’ Rights – Important Meeting of the Tenant Issues Committee


As Chair of the City's Tenant Issues Committee, I advocate for renters across Toronto. Please feel welcome to attend our next meeting on Friday February 9th at 1:30pm in Committee Room 2 at City Hall where we will be looking at critical issues affecting housing in our city. I have provided the Agenda items below for your review. [...]

Protecting Tenants’ Rights – Important Meeting of the Tenant Issues Committee2018-07-06T20:22:30+00:00
16 11, 2017

Toronto-St. Paul’s Summit on Affordable Housing


Every Canadian deserves affordable and accessible housing, and all levels of government must work together to meet this goal. Please join me and the other elected officials of Toronto-St. Paul’s riding and share your questions, concerns, and ideas on this issue, and let’s work together to ensure the housing needs of our community are met. [...]

Toronto-St. Paul’s Summit on Affordable Housing2018-07-06T19:34:41+00:00
6 10, 2017

Protecting Midtown Tenants from Extreme Heat


Earlier this year, many Midtown tenants suffered during a late September heatwave. Some residents reported temperature readings of over 30 degrees Celsius in their units as a result of their landlords turning on heat and/or not turning on air conditioning. I first moved a Council motion in 2012 to protect our community's renters from the [...]

Protecting Midtown Tenants from Extreme Heat2018-07-06T18:49:32+00:00
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