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From CTVNews today:

New report reveals 'landlord playbook' on renovictions in Toronto

A new report issued by a Toronto tenant advocacy group is detailing “the landlord’s playbook” on renovictions – a term used to describe the practice of evicting a tenant with the intention to renovate a unit – and providing guidance for tenants facing similar scenarios.


Sorry that this one is behind a pay-wall, maybe an open copy will surface somewhere, but for those who can read the Globe and Mail online...

Eviction applications spike in Ontario as rents soar, vacancies dwindle

As Ontario faces a chronic shortage of housing and rapidly climbing rents, landlords in the province are increasingly trying to evict their tenants and take possession of those rental units.

In 2022, the Landlord and Tenant Board, which adjudicates rental-housing disputes in the province, received more than 5,550 eviction applications in which landlords sought units for themselves, family members or new buyers. That was an increase of 41 per cent from 2019, according to numbers provided by the province to The Globe and Mail.


From CityNews / CityTV website:

How to protect yourself against 'renoviction' as rental markets heat up

a recent report from Ontario’s Advocacy Centre for Tenants (ACTO) found there has been a 294 per cent increase in landlord applications to evict tenants for renovations or conversions at the province’s Landlord and Tenant Board since 2015-16.

In most jurisdictions, landlords need the permission of the Landlord and Tenant Board before they can evict tenants for the purpose of renovations.

But many tenants may not know that, and may move out as soon as a landlord asks them to.


Renters who band together, organise, and excercise their rights do sometimes come out victorious against greedy corporate landlords:

People in Toronto win the right to stay in their homes after five-year eviction battle

Tenants living in the low-rise building at 394 Dovercourt Rd. in Toronto near College Street have been enagaged in a legal battle with their corporate landlord for five years, and they just finally won the right to remain in their homes.

Here's a link to the article on

Rent / More from CTV News: Canadian tenants struggle to Pay Rent
« on: August 19, 2022, 02:12:19 am »

in Toronto there is a large proportion of the population that does rent and we should...

Acccording to the City of Toronto, 47% of households rent:

That's a lot of us, and it's definitely enough to make a difference in an election.

By the way, the Ontario NDP Party has promised to bring back proper rent control (like we had before Mike Harris took it away).  Here's a link:

Right now new apartments have no rent control whatsoever, and older apartments have "vacancy de-control", meaning that the landlord can charge whatever they want to new tenants (so there is a HUGE incentive for landlords to get current tenants to move out so they can jack-up the rents).  Proper rent control is definitely needed to keep the rental market affordable and to disincentivise evictions by greedy landlords.

Maintenance / Re: Property Repairs
« on: April 01, 2022, 09:27:50 am »
Hi Connie,

I'd suggest applying some kind of ongoing resistance, the exact nature of which depends upon your landlord:

If your landlord is a "reasonable" person, then maybe just follow-up once or twice a week, asking for an update on the progress of the project.

If your lanldord is more of a jerk, then you could consider sending more agressive letters reminding them that you have a right to a well-maintained home, and that you could complain to the City (RentSafeTO) or the Landlord and Tenant Board, etc.

If things doen't get fixed after quite some time, and if you have warned your landlord that (1) you have the right to complain to the authoritises, and (2) that you are going to (after a suitable deadline has passed), then you might want to file a reoprt with the City (building standards).

To be honest, going to the Landlord and Tenant Board isn't likely to be very helpful – they'll take months (or years) to get around to scheduling a hearing by which time the project will surely have been finished, and they're pretty slanted in favour of the landlords, so you'll likely end-up not winning anyway.  But hreatening your landlord that you could file a complaint with the landlord and tenant board may motivate them to get working on things.

General Discussion / 2021 Annual RentSafeTO Report
« on: March 18, 2022, 02:43:00 pm »
Toronto's RentSafeTO program has released it's latest (2021) review report:

2021 RentSafeTO Year in Review

I was reading this article in the Globe and Mail:

"Why are B.C. renters subsidizing B.C. homeowners? Answer: Politics"

... in which I read: "Toronto charges a higher property tax rate on apartment buildings than houses."

and I thought, really?  But the article provides a link:
(and then click on "Property Tax Rates")

and sure enough:
"Residential" properties are only taxed by 0.611013%
"Multi-Residential" properties are only taxed by 1.093384%

That's crazy!  The article's thesis is that the problem is "politics" (meaning, no party wants to piss-off any groups or people by making things fairer for other groups), but I think that the real reason is that Renters are not Organised.  We need to join together, to speak with a unified voice, to get ourselves heard!

General Discussion / Renter Survey - Globe and Mail
« on: December 09, 2021, 07:08:34 pm »

In an article in the Globe and Mail yesterday (December 8, 2021), a renter's survey was announced.  It's asking basic questions about renting, and might be of interest to some people here.

Here's a link to the article:  Renters of Canada, it’s time to vent

The survey is included at the bottom of the article, but for those who prefer just to do the survey, here's a link:

Note that they also provide an e-mail address for people to contact them "if you want your story as a renter [to be] heard"...

The Ontario Government has announced the creation of a so-called "Housing Affordability Task Force", and as you'd expect from Ford, he's populated the task force with rich bankers and investors, none of whom have any idea what's really going on for the average person, let alone actual poor people.

Here's a link to the announcement:

... and here are the members of the committee...  I've marked them RED or GREEN depending upon whether they are likely to have ever not immediately crossed the street upon seeing an approaching homeless person:

• Jake Lawrence, Chief Executive Officer and Group Head, Global Banking and Markets, Scotiabank, will serve as chair of the Task Force.

• Lalit Aggarwal, President, Manor Park Management, a real estate development and operating company.

• David Amborski, Professional Urban Planner and Professor, Ryerson University’s School of Urban and Regional Planning, his specific interests include the area of municipal finance, land development, and land value capture tools.

• Julie Di Lorenzo, President, Diamante Urban Corp, operates one of the largest real estate companies in Canada.

• Andrew Garrett, Senior Principal, Real Estate, Investment Management Corporation of Ontario, is responsible for more than $11 billion Global Real Estate portfolio.

• Tim Hudak, Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Real Estate Association, Canada’s largest provincial real estate industry association representing 82,000 REALTORS®.

• Justin Marchand, Chief Executive Officer of Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services

• Ene Underwood, Chief Executive Officer of the Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area

• David Wilkes, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Building Industry and Land Development Association, has served the majority of his career working for industry associations previously representing retail and consumer packaged goods industries.

I'm sure that we'll see lots of helpful and compassionate ideas and initiatives emerge from this exclusive bunch from the country-club set...

Heat / Re: Radiator Help?
« on: October 28, 2021, 10:37:21 am »

If your building is heated by hot-water radiators then there is a boiler system (usually in the basement) that heats water for the rads, and if your radiators are not warm (assuming that the boiler is indeed on) then your radiators are either turned-off, or full of air that needs to be bled.

• If your rads are off, then you will need to open your radiator’s valves.  Each radiator will have at least one valve (and sometimes two) that you will have to open in order for the hot water to flow through, heating the radiator.  Turn the valve’s handle counterclockwise to open it.  If your radiators have two valves (one at each end) then both must be open for the radiator to work.

• Additionally, your rads may need to be “bled” to remove air bubbles from the pipes.  Every rad has a “bleed valve” at one end – often it is a little turn screw with a grip at the end, so it looks like you could twist it open or closed with your fingers, but I have always found it much easier to use a small pair of pliers.  (Also, the rad can get quite hot when bleeding... so be careful.)

The procedure is to twist open the screw a bit, and you’ll hear air bubbles escaping and see just a little bit of water squirting out.  Hold a disposable cup under the bleed valve to catch the water.  Once the air bubbles stop and there’s only water coming out, then you’re done – twist the screw closed again and move on to the next rad.  Wash your hands when you are done, and don’t use that cup for drinking – you would not want to accidentally ingest any of the water from the rads.

Note that you will likely have to bleed your rads more than once – as the water starts circulating, additional air bubbles trapped below are freed and rise, refilling your rads with air until eventually all of the air is out of the system.

If you are in any way uncomfortable with the idea of bleeding your rads yourself or if you can’t find the bleed valves etc., then get your landlord to do this.  Also, if the valve handles or bleed valves don’t turn easily – don’t force them, again, call your landlord to come and check on things.

If you continue to have problems with your heat then keep complaining to your landlord, preferably by e-mail so you have a record of your complaints, and get a thermometer so you can document your apartment’s temperature.

I have found in the past that my landlord responds faster to complaints about the heat if I indicate to them that I know about the City of Toronto Heat Bylaw and am willing to file a complaint with the city by calling “311” if they don’t fix the problem quickly.  For your information, the City of Toronto Municipal Code 497-1.2 ( requires your landlord to provide a minimum temperature of 21° Celsius in all areas of your apartments (including every room, hallway, closet, bathroom, etc.) between September 15 and June 1.  The City of Toronto takes heat complaints seriously;  they will have a bylaw officer investigate promptly, who can fine the landlord or otherwise compel them to resolve heating problems.  Usually making the threat is all it takes to get a heating problem resolved (although there have been exceptions, it has taken my landlord a long time to resolve heat problems for some of my neighbours).

Pests / Re: Pest Issues
« on: October 05, 2021, 08:30:56 am »
Don't you have to let the building know. Otherwise they may not allow an exterminator to come in. Who will be paying the pest control company ??

Heat / Going to be cold again this Winter...
« on: September 14, 2021, 12:35:01 pm »
The temperature in my apartment is fine now, because of the warm weather.  But every winter my place is cold cold cold!  I have complained to my landlord in the past, but they don't do anything about it.  I mean, they sent the handyman around, who wanders away to the boiler room, but then the temperature doesn't improve.  Any suggestinos?

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