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Money As tenants protest 'renoviction,' Toronto councillor calls for new landlord rules

11:15  10 november  2019
11:15  10 november  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

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It's known as " renoviction ," and one Toronto councillor says it's time to change the rules to stop The building's owner could not be reached for comment. Calling for changes to Landlord Tenant If landlords need to move tenants out for a renovation, people should be able to move back into their

“ Renoviction ” is when a landlord evicts a tenant under the guise of needing to complete major renovations requiring the tenants to move Despite sending out hundreds of messages to potential landlords and tenants looking for new roommates, they haven’t been able to find a permanent home.

a man standing in front of a building: Brad Birnie says he might be homeless if his landlord successfully forces him out of the apartment at Queen and Logan.© Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Brad Birnie says he might be homeless if his landlord successfully forces him out of the apartment at Queen and Logan.

Leslieville residents protested outside their apartment building on Saturday, saying they are being forced out so the landlord can renovate and jack up rent.

It's known as "renoviction," and one Toronto councillor says it's time to change the rules to stop landlords from getting away with it.

"It's terrifying as a tenant," said Coun. Paula Fletcher, who joined the protesters outside 245 Logan Avenue in Toronto's east end.

Brad Birnie says he checks for another eviction notice every day.

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Tenants also have to follow other rules that are agreed to by the tenant and the landlord in the rental agreement. If the landlord does not follow these rules , the landlord could be charged with an offence under the Residential Tenancies Act and face a fine.

Their new landlord has said the building is unsafe and must be entirely rewired, work that could take half a year, and requested that everybody leave by the What concerns the Dovercourt tenants is the chance of a “ renoviction ,” when a landlord uses a legal process to remove long-term tenants during

"I can't sleep, I don't know where I'm going to go after this," said Birnie, who currently pays $925 for his one-bedroom apartment.

Birnie says he and other tenants were offered buyouts this spring, and some tenants took the money.

But others clung onto their apartments, he said, knowing they couldn't afford to give up their homes and face higher rents.

Now, Birnie says they are simply getting eviction notices and he will likely have to leave Toronto if his landlord is successful.

The building's owner could not be reached for comment.

Calling for changes to Residential Tenancies Act

Fletcher says she wants changes to the Residential Tenancies Act and hopes to meet with the provincial government. She said the rules should be similar to British Colombia,

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Many tenants who are currently fighting high-profile renoviction attempts attended the council meeting B.C.’s Residential Tenancy Branch ruled in their favour and set aside a first eviction notice, but the To avoid renoviction battles, Vancouver landlords are offering tenants money to move out.

A Vancouver tenant is celebrating after a B.C. Supreme Court ruling in her favour that could set a precedent for others facing " renoviction " in the city's After applying for the rent increase, she said the landlord had offered to pay long-term tenants of the building four times their monthly rent if they

If landlords need to move tenants out for a renovation, people should be able to move back into their homes afterward, she said.

Fletcher said renovictions are happening around Toronto, and the city can't build affordable housing fast enough to keep up.

a person holding a sign: Tenants protesting outside 245 Logan Avenue on Saturday afternoon.© Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Tenants protesting outside 245 Logan Avenue on Saturday afternoon.

Most people stay in their homes during renovations, and tenants in affordable housing should be able to stay as well, she said.

"We need to keep neighbourhoods affordable in the City of Toronto," she said. "It's very important to have a mixed community here in Leslieville."

Roger Moore has been living at 245 Logan Avenue for the last decade.

"Most of the people here are on fixed incomes. They have health and handicap problems," said Moore.

"I have no intentions of moving ... It's not acceptable."

Paula Fletcher et al. around each other: Coun. Paula Fletcher says she wants to see changes to the Residential Tenancies Act that could stop © Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Coun. Paula Fletcher says she wants to see changes to the Residential Tenancies Act that could stop

Saturday's rally was organized by Acorn Canada, at national organization of low- and moderate-income families.

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"It's a problem that is overtaking Toronto," said Acorn spokesperson Alejandra Ruiz Vargas.

"Landlords cannot play with us like we are disposable."

Acorn wants landlords to have to maintain the same rent costs for tenants moving back into their homes after renovations, she said.

a group of people walking in front of a brick building: 'Stop renoviction at 245,' people chanted outside the apartment building at Queen and Logan in Toronto's Leslieville neighbourhood.© Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation 'Stop renoviction at 245,' people chanted outside the apartment building at Queen and Logan in Toronto's Leslieville neighbourhood.

The city is having a meeting at 7 p.m. on Nov. 20 where they will discuss the issue, Fletcher said.

Residents have a hearing with the Landlord and Tenant Board next month, a few months before their planned eviction.

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