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ONTARIO RTA REFORMS GIVE RELIEF TO BOTH LANDLORDS AND TENANTS

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ONTARIO RTA REFORMS GIVE RELIEF TO BOTH LANDLORDS AND TENANTS

The long awaited changes to the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) were introduced in the Ontario Legislature on March 12 as Bill 184. In Bill 184, the provincial government is seeking to provide some relief to both landlords and tenants. However, anyone who expected a major overhaul of the RTA to make it more landlord-friendly will be sorely disappointed. The big fix everyone needs is for the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) to eliminate its delays in processing applications. Over the last two...

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HOUSING TASK FORCE TO MAKE MORE THAN 40 RECOMMENDATIONS TO CITY COUNCIL

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HOUSING TASK FORCE TO MAKE MORE THAN 40 RECOMMENDATIONS TO CITY COUNCIL

KINGSTON — After more than a year’s work, the report from the mayor’s task force on housing is to recommend more than 40 ways the city can help increase the availability and affordability of housing. The report from the 12-member task force, announced by Mayor Bryan Paterson during his inaugural council address in December 2018, is to present its report to city council on Tuesday. The task force was set up and instructed to find “evidence-informed and action-oriented observations” and assemble...

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CANADA’S HOUSING REGULATIONS IN COMPARISON TO OTHER COUNTRIES

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CANADA’S HOUSING REGULATIONS IN COMPARISON TO OTHER COUNTRIES

Around the world there are almost no limits to legislators’ creativity in protecting renters and potential home buyers from soaring prices. The world’s most populous countries, India and China, don’t allow any non-resident foreign nationals to buy their real estate. The city of Berlin just moved to protect 1.5 million tenants by freezing most rents for five years. The Netherlands is cutting back on sudden reno-victions by making sure 70 per cent of an apartment building’s tenants agree before...

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‘I’m just stuck’: Downtown Windsor landlord says tenant board backlog means evicted client can’t be removed

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‘I’m just stuck’: Downtown Windsor landlord says tenant board backlog means evicted client can’t be removed

Downtown Windsor landlord Marie Vieira successfully argued an eviction case in front of Ontario’s Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) last November. At the time, she received verbal confirmation that a tenant who caused more than $15,000 worth of water damage to two rental units after forgetting to turn off the tap would be evicted. Due to a backlog within the LTB, however, Vieira says she’s still waiting to receive a sheriff’s notice that will allow her to formally evict her...

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Council to mull cash incentives for affordable housing

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Council to mull cash incentives for affordable housing

City politicians today will debate whether the city should offer cash incentives to builders and homeowners to create affordable housing in new developments as well as in existing homes. Two proposed affordable housing programs would offer loans of up to $20,000 per unit when a developer builds a new project or when a homeowner converts a part of their house into an apartment. “We have been talking about the idea of inclusionary zoning, and talked about it and talked about it and talked about...

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Half of $500K Sudbury social housing writeoffs due to damaged units

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Half of $500K Sudbury social housing writeoffs due to damaged units

Crisis at Landlord/Tenant Board makes complicated eviction process harder, council told. Evicting tenants who damage their social housing units or don’t pay their rent is a complicated process made much harder by problems at the Landlord/Tenant Board, city council heard this week. Barbara Dubois, the city’s director of housing operations, outlined the process Tuesday for addressing issues with problematic clients of Greater Sudbury Housing Corp. The city has 1,848 housing units,...

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Big city rental blues: a look at Canada’s rental housing deficit

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Big city rental blues: a look at Canada’s rental housing deficit

A new report on Canada’s rental market argues for a new policy approach in favour of building new rental supply. Learn what this means for Canada’s biggest cities. Canada’s largest cities have a rental housing deficit. Strong demand has pushed rental vacancy rates to historically low levels and rents are now reaching uncomfortable highs. In the coming years, rental demand is only set to go up—way up in the case of Toronto and Vancouver, where high home prices have crushed some...

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Airbnb’s $30 Billion Listing Must Do More for Cities

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Airbnb’s $30 Billion Listing Must Do More for Cities

Which would you prefer: cheaper rent or a cheaper holiday rental? I’d wager heavily that most people would answer “rent.” It’s a bigger slice of personal spending. Short-term accommodation accounted for just 1% of U.S. household budgets in 2016, compared to the 16% spent on housing, according to analysis from the Economic Policy Institute, a think tank based in Washington, D.C. The rise of the sharing economy means the prices of both are linked more than ever. Airbnb Inc., which revolutionized...

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Licensing Saskatoon landlords unlikely, but rental issues persist

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Licensing Saskatoon landlords unlikely, but rental issues persist

City council committee endorses more education and improved enforcement. Saskatoon seems likely to pass on requiring landlords to obtain a licence, but city hall is still struggling with how to address problem rental properties. A city council committee backed a strategy Tuesday to educate landlords and tenants and ramp up enforcement of property maintenance complaints, even though some questioned whether it will be effective. Mayor Charlie Clark said he’s not convinced the strategy will...

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Landlords threatening class action lawsuit against government if reforms not made

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Landlords threatening class action lawsuit against government if reforms not made

‘It’s ridiculous now. It’s crazy, It’s totally broken down’ Landlords in Ontario are losing patience with lengthy delays at the governing board which oversees the industry, and is ready to go to court to get changes, John Wilson is on the steering committee for the Affordable Housing Providers of Ontario, which is an umbrella organization representing landlord associations across Ontario. H says his group submitted suggestions in June to the government to reform...

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