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MANITOBANS INVITED TO HELP SHAPE THE FUTURE OF POWER SMART

Posted in Association News, HVAC / Mechanical, Media Releases, Technology, Utility Management

MANITOBANS INVITED TO HELP SHAPE THE FUTURE OF POWER SMART

News Release – Manitoba November 21, 2013 MANITOBANS INVITED TO HELP SHAPE THE FUTURE OF POWER SMART THROUGH PUBLIC CONSULTATIONS Saving More Power Means Saving More Money for Manitoba Families, Businesses; Helps Ensure Supply When Needed: Minister Struthers Municipal Government Minister Stan Struthers, minister responsible for Manitoba Hydro, is inviting the public to help Manitoba Hydro do more through its Power Smart programs to save families and businesses money at the same time as...

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Spring HOPE Food Drive collects 118,000 pounds of food

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Spring HOPE Food Drive collects 118,000 pounds of food

EASTERN ONTARIO LANDLORD ORGANIZATION News Release May, 2013 Spring HOPE Food Drive collects 118,000 pounds of food The Spring HOPE Food Drive is an annual event organized by rental housing industry associations across Canada to collect donations for local food banks at a time of high need. After all of the generous donations at Christmas time, many local food banks find their shelves are almost bare by early spring. The Spring HOPE Food drive has grown over the years to become the largest...

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Ottawa helps tenants and landlords on property taxes

Posted in Association News, Legal, Tax Law

Ottawa helps tenants and landlords on property taxes

EASTERN ONTARIO LANDLORD ORGANIZATION News Release September 23 , 2013 Ottawa helps tenants and landlords on property taxes As EOLO reported in March, Ottawa residential properties (including single family homes) saw total assessment increases averaging 26%. Multi-residential properties (“multi-res” of more than six units on a single roll number) went up an average of 52%. City Council could have allowed that value shift to push up taxes for properties in the multi-res class, even though the...

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City of Ottawa Lobbyist Registry

Posted in Association News, Bylaws / Regulations, Legal, Legislation, Professional Services

City of Ottawa Lobbyist Registry

EASTERN ONTARIO LANDLORD ORGANIZATION News Release September 23, 2013 City of Ottawa Lobbyist Registry The City of Ottawa Lobbyist Registry has been in place for a year now. The registry requires certain communications between business people (including rental housing executives and employees) and City Councillors or staff to be reported. What should you report? Lobbying activities that are designed to have an impact on city decisions affecting by-laws, programs or contract need to be...

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New Ottawa garbage enforcement practices

Posted in Association News, Legislation

New Ottawa garbage enforcement practices

EASTERN ONTARIO LANDLORD ORGANIZATION News Release September 23 , 2013 New Ottawa garbage enforcement practices Garbage collection is quite a challenge for many landlords of both low-rise and high-rise buildings. The challenge is getting worse, and the risk of City fines or charges is getting more serious. To promote organic re-cycling and extend the life of the landfill, City Council recently reduced curbside residual garbage collection from once every week to once every two weeks. That...

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Eastern Ontario Landlord Organization – Rent Reduction

Posted in Association News, Rent Control

Eastern Ontario Landlord Organization – Rent Reduction

EASTERN ONTARIO LANDLORD ORGANIZATION News Release September 23, 2013 Applications to vary rent reductions The City of Ottawa will be mailing out notices of rent reduction to about 13,000 rental units in October or November of this year. Notices will go out to the affected landlords in September. The notices will state the percentage rent reduction which will be required unless the landlord applies to vary the reduction. A landlord may want to apply to vary the rent reduction for one or more...

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Housing affordability

Posted in Association News, Housing

Housing affordability

CFAA HOUSING POLICY STATEMENT Addressing housing and the needs of the homeless across Canada is a key issue for community leaders and policy-makers. Making sound decisions on housing policies depends on an understanding of housing markets and of Canadians’ needs and preferences. Housing affordability Expectations about the price at which housing can be built or rented must be reasonable. Because it is new, newly-built housing cannot be affordable without substantial subsidies. New housing has...

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CFAA advocates direct assistance for low-income tenants

Posted in Association News, Housing, Retrofit

CFAA advocates direct assistance for low-income tenants

August 2013 For this year’s federal pre-budget submissions, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance asked interested parties to propose between up to three recommendations. The Canadian Federation of Apartment Associations recommended: 1. Tax deferral on the sale of rental property and reinvestment in other property 2. Encouraging major building retrofits to save energy through improved tax treatment 3. Use of the savings from the expiry of the social housing operating agreements to...

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BALANCING INCENTIVES BETWEEN HOME OWNERSHIP AND RENTAL HOUSING

Posted in Association News, Housing

BALANCING INCENTIVES BETWEEN HOME OWNERSHIP AND RENTAL HOUSING

POLICY STATEMENT Addressing housing and the needs of the homeless across Canada is a key issue for community leaders and policy-makers. Many Canadians choose to rent their housing for a variety of reasons. For many low-income Canadians, renting is the cost-effective way for them to obtain suitable and adequate housing. However, for many years in Canada, public policies at all levels of government have promoted homeownership. Those policies and programs include the following: • tax-free status...

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