Ontario needs to change law to put tenants first, not landlords

Rents up 20% from July 15, 2021

What a shame that housing is subject to abusive prices due to the scarcity of units. Just because landlords can charge exorbitant rents doesn’t mean they should.

Rent control must be reinstated for all apartments, new and old.

It is important not to ignore the plight of tenants who are already renting and former tenants who rented before the release of rent controls. They are generally older and many of them have pensions which are not sufficient to cope with rising rents. These are the people who want to stay in their homes as they age, reducing the drain on long-term care.

Tenants are facing glaring increases above guidelines due to landlord demands for capital spending.

This is the third time since 2016 that my building has been affected and there is another increase above the guidelines coming in the near future.

Where does a family go who cannot afford to buy a house or pay exorbitant rent for an apartment?

If the provincial government cares about the housing crisis, it can start by making changes to the Residential Tenancies Act and putting tenants first.

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