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 the Rental Fairness Act, 2017 to end unlimited rent increases on apartments built after 1991.
The legislation also includes additional changes to the Residential Tenancies Act, including:
- Enabling a standard lease to help both tenants and landlords know their rights and responsibilities, while reducing the number of disputes
- Protecting tenants from eviction due to abuse of the “landlord’s own use” provision
- Ensuring landlords can’t pursue former tenants for unauthorized charges
- Prohibiting above-guideline rent increases in buildings where elevator maintenance orders have not been addressed
- Removing above-guideline rent increases for utilities, to protect tenants from carbon costs and encourage landlords to make their buildings more energy efficient.
While I strongly support all of the initiatives the Province has taken with this legislation, more action is needed to eliminate Above the Guideline Rent Increases for routine capital maintenance. This provision negatively impacts so many people in our community, including seniors on fixed incomes.
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