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New Directions:landlord-tenant reform in Ontario

Posted by Caryl Silver on August 01, 1996 at 22:06:57:

The Coalition to Save Tenants' Rights is concerned about the proposed
changes to the landlord-tenant relationship as described in the Ontario
government's "Tenant Protection Legislation: New Directions for Discussion".
The proposals could eliminate tenants' rights and protections currently
afforded by the Landlord and Tenant Act, the Rent Control Act and other

The Advocacy Centre for the Elderly, a legal clinic serving low-income
seniors across Ontario and Coalition member, is especially concerned
about the potential impact on seniors, including residents of
care/retirement homes.

The government's discussion paper proposes:
* changing rent control to facilitate dramatic rent increases
* allowing landlords to charge whatever rent they want when
new tenants move in
* eliminating the Rent Registry
* using mediation, rather than courts, to deal with
landlord-tenant disputes
* permitting retirement/care home operators to transfer or
evict residents easily

If these changes affect you, we encourage you to become informed and get
involved in responding to the discussion paper. Committee hearings, likely
accompanied by vocal demonstrations, will be held in Toronto Aug. 19-23;
Thunder Bay Aug. 26; Sault Ste. Marie Aug. 27; Ottawa Aug. 28;
Peterborough Aug. 29; Hamilton Aug. 30; Windsor Sept. 3; London Sept. 4
and Kitchener Sept. 5.

For a copy of the discussion paper, please call (416) 585-7041 or your
local Rent Registry office. The Coalition to Save Tenants' Rights and
ACE will be happy to forward copies of our responses to the discussion
paper to you, and can assist in helping you submit a response to the
government by August 30th. Submissions should be sent to The Honourable
Al Leach, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, 777 Bay Street,
Toronto ON M5G 2E5.

Please feel free to contact Tim Welch of the Coalition at (416) 467-7599
or myself at ACE if we can provide any further information. You can also
contact your local legal clinic, tenants' association or residents'
council to find out more about getting involved. We must persuade
the government not to sacrifice the rights of tenants.

Caryl Silver,
Advocacy Centre for the Elderly
120 Eglinton Ave East #902
Toronto, ON M4P 1E2
(416) 487-7157 fax (416) 487-1342 or

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