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Chronic Disrepair in TCHC Building Endangers Health and Safety of Tenants

Chronic Disrepair in TCHC Building Endangers Health and Safety of Tenants

by Sahar Ashraf The crumbling infrastructure and damaged pipes in 3171 Eglinton Ave. E. are triggering severe health issues amongst residents and forcing them to abandon their homes. The building is owned by Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC), Canada’s largest social housing provider, and managed by DMS Property Management. TCHC and DMS both oversee housing

Parkdale Rent Strike Heating Up

By Sahar Ashraf On June 1, Parkdale community members expanded their rent strike against property management company MetCap Living. Tenants from six Parkdale buildings protesting above-the-guideline rent increases (AGIs) have convinced their neighbors in an additional six buildings to join the strike this month. Parkdale Organize, an organization of activists from the neighbourhood, has captured

MetCap’s Mismanagement of 25 Cougar Court

By Shafiqullah Aziz & Sara Jaffri Residents of 25 Cougar Court are desperately in need of repairs in their building. The 20-storey building near the intersection of Markham and Eglinton is managed by MetCap Living. Management has consistently neglected the property, but is petitioning for a rent increase that is above provincial standards. Disgruntled tenants

Ontario’s Unfair Housing Plan

by Steve da Silva This past April, the provincial government has finally made what appears to be a serious intervention into southern Ontario’s housing crisis. On April 20, Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals announced sixteen new measures and regulations in their ‘Fair Housing Plan.’ Renters in Toronto have been clamouring for measures to restrict landlord abuses and

Rent Strike! Parkdale v. MetCap

By Sahar Ashraf Parkdale residents are fighting back against their buildings’ management company, MetCap Living, and calling for a community wide rent strike on May 1. Tenants living in MetCap buildings are demanding an immediate improvement to their living conditions and an end to illegitimate rent increases. MetCap manages a total of 19 buildings in

Ontario’s ‘Rent Control’ Bait-and-Switch

By Steve da Silva Renters and prospective home buyers in Toronto await an official announcement from the Ontario Liberal government on how the province plans to take action on runaway rents and rapidly inflated property values. But based on what sources in the government have already released to the Toronto Star, there is little cause

What You Need to Know about Toronto’s New Landlord Licensing Program

By Nooria Alam and Harshita Singh During the summer of 2016, Basics’ members attended public consultation meetings held by the City of Toronto to discuss the proposed Landlord Licensing program. The results and feedback of those public consultations were compiled online and used to guide what the final policy would look like. Though the Landlord

Organizing for Better Homes and Beyond

By Nooria Alam and Harshita Singh On Saturday January 14th, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) organized a “Scarborough Tenant Speak Out” action in 215 Markham Road, bringing many frustrated tenants down to the lobby of their Markham and Eglinton area building. The group of tenants created a list of demands regarding

Tenant Forced to Live in Bloodstained Unit

By Shafiqullah Aziz & Sara Jaffri “Open the door or we’ll kill you!” are hardly the words Reshma* anticipated hearing outside the doors of her new apartment shortly after moving in. Neither did she imagine that although the unit was mostly clean, the very obvious soya sauce-coloured stains on the living room walls and some of

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