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Bill 184 and RenovictionsTO

Provincial Bill 184: Protecting Tenants and Strengthening Community Housing Act, 2020 

Bill 184 was introduced in the Provincial Legislature on March 12, 2020. With very little notice or debate, it passed second reading on May 27, 2020. Bill 184 makes sweeping changes to the Residential Tenancy Act, 2006 (RTA).  These changes include rules around evictions before the Landlord Tenant Board (LTB);  collection of rent debts by the LTB and not Small Claims Court;  Renovictions; Bad Faith applications; and maintenance and repair disputes.  Public hearings before the Social Policy Committee Consultation will happen for 3 days – June 24, 25 and 26th, 2020. The closing date for registration was Thursday June 18th.  Many may not be granted a time slot for the public hearings. Therefore, it is vital that the Committee receive written submissions and concerns from tenants  about Bill 184.

Submissions

Don Valley Community Legal Services is encouraging tenants to submit written examples and stories. Highlight problems with the eviction process, include difficulties completing tenant applications and more specifically, issues around Renovictions.  Friday June 26th at 6 pm is the deadline to submit your story. The link is here for Written Submissions for Bill 184.

Contact Catherine Manson at mansonc@lao.on.ca  for more information before you submit your story.  We will not provide legal advice on these submissions. Contact our Telephone Legal Advice line at 416-441-1764, ext. 36 for advice about your case.

RenovictionsTO

To understand how landlords want to renovate old apartments to obtain higher rents  (Renovictions) have affected our City I would direct you to a brand new website: RenovictionsTO where you can view a map of Renovictions across Toronto and East York. Similarly,  you may submit your building so it appears on the map.

Resources and information:

Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario
https://www.acto.ca/bill184/ – Blog Article – The Only Tenant Protection in Bill 184 is in the Title, Kenn Hale, May 28, 2020
https://www.acto.ca/campaign/wecantwait/
https://www.acto.ca/legal-and-law-reform/