Councillor Josh Matlow

Tenants

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 (toronto.ca/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

24 08, 2017

Groundbreaking Tenant Protection Legislation Passes Final Hurdle

2017-08-24T18:38:14+00:00

As Chair of the Tenants Issues Committee, I am very pleased to report that my colleagues supported our new Tenant Protection by-law to provide much needed protection for Toronto renters. The provisions in the by-law will be in force by July of this year. This success was the result of years of hard work with local tenant [...]

1 05, 2017

Province Announces Measures to Cool Toronto’s Housing Market

2018-07-06T17:46:32+00:00Tags: , |

Also in last week's budget, the provincial government introduced a number of measures they hope will cool down Toronto's housing market. One of these measures is a 15% Non-Resident Speculation Tax (NRST) on non-Canadian citizens, non-permanent residents and non-Canadian corporations buying residential properties containing one to six units in the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH). Other [...]

1 05, 2017

Province Introduces Legislation to End Unlimited Rent Increases in Apartments Built After 1991

2018-07-06T17:54:34+00:00Tags: , , |

The longstanding issues with the province's 1991 rental loophole allowing unlimited increases have recently been exacerbated by landlords taking advantage of Toronto's overheated housing market by doubling rents in some cases. After a long campaign by the Federation of Metro Toronto Tenants Associations, ACORN, ACTO, my office and many others, I want to commend the provincial government for introducing [...]

1 05, 2017

Leadership on Housing and Transit Begins by Setting the Right Priorities

2018-07-06T17:40:53+00:00Tags: , |

I'm very concerned about how, while the mayor understandably calls on the Province for adequate funding for the significant transit and housing shortfalls in Toronto, I believe there have been decisions made at city hall that have not demonstrated thoughtful or competent management of these priorities from either a financial or social and urban planning policy perspective. [...]

31 03, 2017

Unprecedented Meeting on Tenants and Housing Affordability Next Week

2018-07-06T17:41:22+00:00Tags: , |

On Monday, April 3 I will be co-hosting an unprecedented joint meeting(s) of the Tenant Issues Committee, which I Chair, and the Affordable Housing Committee with my colleague, Councillor Ana Bailao. Toronto's rental housing market has become increasingly unaffordable for many people. The challenges of finding and keeping a decent and affordable place to live are affecting people [...]

31 03, 2017

Groundbreaking Tenant Protection Legislation Passes Final Hurdle

2018-07-06T17:06:12+00:00Tags: , |

As Chair of the Tenants Issues Committee, I am very pleased to report that my colleagues supported our new Tenant Protection by-law to provide much needed protection for Toronto renters. The provisions in the by-law will be in force by July of this year. This success was the result of years of hard work with local tenant advocates and [...]

20 01, 2017

New Tenant Protection Legislation Approved

2018-07-06T15:46:16+00:00

I am very pleased to report that my colleagues supported moving forward with a new program to provide much needed protection for Toronto renters. This success was the result of years of hard work with local tenant advocates and city-wide organizations, including the Federation of Metro Toronto Tenants’ Associations, ACORN, Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario, and [...]

10 06, 2014

My letter regarding issues at 263 Russell Hill Road

2014-06-10T15:43:23+00:00

June 9, 2014     Jennifer Hossain Property Manager 263 Russell Hill Road Toronto, ON M4V 2T3     Dear Jennifer Hossain,   It has been brought to my attention by several tenants at 263 Russell Hill Road, an apartment building owned by Akelius Ltd., that repairs to lockers and balconies in this building remain [...]

4 02, 2014

My motion to protect the rights of toronto tenants

2018-07-16T21:07:45+00:00

Chair & Members Budget Committee 10th Floor, West Tower, City Hall 100 Queen St. West Toronto ON M5H 2N2 December 20, 2013 Re: Protecting the Rights of Toronto Tenants Dear Chair and Committee Members, I am writing to request that the Committee consider the accompanying recommendations to support tenants across Toronto. The relationship between a [...]

6 03, 2013

Councillor Matlow and Robinson’s Motion Supporting Free Visitor Parking for Tenants

2017-09-29T12:27:20+00:00

Chair & Members Planning & Growth Committee 10th Floor, West Tower, City Hall 100 Queen St. West Toronto ON M5H 2N2 March 5, 2013   Re:  PG 18.7 (1) Dear Chair and Committee Members, We are writing to request that the Committee consider the accompanying recommendation to prohibit paid visitor parking in multi residential/apartment buildings. [...]

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