Sunday, 13 September 2020

Virtual Tenants' Rights Info Session - Tues. Sept. 15 @ 7 p.m.

Councillor Paula Fletcher and MPP Peter Tabuns are hosting a tenants’ workshop with Don Valley Community Legal Services on Tuesday, September 15th from 7:00 pm to 8:30 p.m.

Learn about your rights and how Bill 184 will impact tenants. There will be a presentation by Stewart Cruikshank, lawyer from Don Valley Community Legal Services, followed by a Q & A.

This virtual workshop will be taking place via zoom. Please register in advance at:

If you do not have access to a computer or Zoom for the workshop, you can also call in with a phone. Once you register you will receive the details. 

A recording of the workshop will be made available after for those who cannot attend.

Saturday, 24 November 2018

Tenant Meeting - Nov. 26 - 7 p.m. @ 8 Park Vista

Park Vista Tenants’ Association
Annual General Meeting
Monday, November 26
8 Park Vista – Lobby
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Guest Speaker:

Bhavin Bilimoria, Staff Lawyer
Flemingdon Community Legal Services

This meeting is a good opportunity to:
Ø  Learn more about tenants’ rights and how to enforce them
Ø  Find out about the activities of the Park Vista Tenants’ Association
Ø  Get to know your neighbours
Ø  Try your luck at the 50/50 draw
As seating is limited, you may wish to bring a chair

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Many tenants' rights victories in 2017

As the year draws to a close, 2017 marks a milestone year for advances in tenants’ rights, as well as some key accomplishments for Park Vista tenants.

Here are some of the reasons why 2017 was a memorable year for tenants:

City of Toronto Changes

In March 2017, Toronto City Council approved new rules for landlords to help better inform and protect tenants, effective July 1, 2017.

Landlords have to comply with a number of new requirements including:

·         Posting emergency contact information for tenants
·         Developing a system for tracking tenant requests for repairs
·         Responding to urgent tenant requests within 24 hours and non-urgent requests within 7 days
·         Providing information to tenants regarding major capital projects (including nature of project, duration of project, units affected)
·         Using a licensed or certified contractor where required by law for activities including servicing heat, ventilation, air conditioning and plumbing systems
·         Pest complaints must be inspected in 72 hours and handled by licensed exterminators and tenants informed by a posted notice. 

You can get more info at the following link:

Provincial Changes

On May 18, 2017, Ontario passed new legislation that:

·         Broadens rent control rules to cover units built after 1991 (giving 250,000 more tenants protection against unlimited rent increases)
·         Prevents landlords from charging above-guideline rent increases for rising utility bills
·         Toughens the requirements for evictions from units for personal use by landlords. 
·         Prohibits above-guideline rent increases in buildings where elevator maintenance orders haven’t been addressed.
·         Ensures landlords can't pursue former tenants for unauthorized charges
The Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario praised the suite of new rules as the biggest positive change to tenants’ rights in over a decade.
The legislation also enabled some measures which have not yet been implemented:
·         Regulations to specify circumstances where capital expenditures would NOT be eligible for an above-guideline rent increase.
·         A standard lease to help both tenants and landlords know their rights and responsibilities.

The Park Vista Tenants’ Association will be keeping a close eye on these proposed measures in 2018.

Federal Changes

On November 24, 2017 the federal government announced a 10-year, $40 billion National Housing Strategy, including a $4 billion Canada Housing Benefit, to be launched in 2020. The benefit is delivered directly to individuals as a portable benefit they can use to help with the costs of housing.

Park Vista Tenants’ Association

We welcomed more than two dozen new members in 2017 and our achievements included:

·         Convincing CAPREIT to withdraw plans to impose plans to impose a seasonal fee of $125 per air conditioner unit on tenants, with long-time tenant Patricia Steward speaking out against the fee in the media.
·         Holding a tenants’ rights session with a lawyer from Flemingdon Community Legal Services.
·         Working with CAPREIT on our most successful holiday toy drive with more than 100 toys donated and $110 in cash.
·         Hosting a fire safety information session.

Thank you for your support in 2017. We look forward to continuing to help build a vibrant community on Park Vista. We encourage tenants to keep this email for future reference.

Best wishes to you and your family for a happy 2018 from the Board of the Park Vista Tenants’ Association.

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Save the Date - Tenant Meeting Wed. Oct. 25

Park Vista Tenants’ Association
Annual General Meeting
Wednesday, October 25
8 Park Vista – Lobby

7 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Guest Speaker Councillor Janet Davis
Will discuss new rules for Toronto landlords

This meeting is a good opportunity to:
Ø  Learn more about tenants’ rights and how to enforce them
Ø  Find out about the activities of the Park Vista Tenants’ Association
Ø  Get to know your neighbours
Ø  Try your luck at the 50/50 draw
As seating is limited, you may wish to bring a chair

Monday, 14 August 2017

Parkdale Rent Strike Ends in Victory!

An amazing example of tenant courage, pressure tactic actions and persistence has concluded with the gutsy Parkdale rent strikers declaring victory against a huge corporate landlord. 

For six months the tenants took on a system stacked against them, using a variety of innovative actions including withholding rent, protests in front of their apartment buildings and in the lobby of the landlord's head office, a "sit in" protest at the Landlord and Tenant Board office, online petitions and pressure on a pension fund with a stake in the property management company. 

The Parkdale tenants won the following concessions from their landlord:
  • A substantial reduction in the above-guideline rent increases at each building 
  • A program of additional rent relief for tenants in financial hardship
  • A program of maintenance and repair work in each building

Saturday, 5 August 2017

VICTORY! Tenant Action Overturns Air Conditioning Fee

The Park Vista Tenants’ Association was pleased to see CAPREIT withdraw plans to impose a seasonal fee of $125 per air conditioner on tenants.
Thanks to all the tenants who supported the Park Vista Tenants' Association as we challenged the landlord on this fee. 
Particular thanks to long-time tenant Patricia Steward, an articulate advocate against the new fee.
Kudos to the CBC and CTV for their coverage of this issue and Geordie Dent of the Federation of Metro Tenants' Associations for being a tireless champion for tenants.
Links to media coverage are below: 
Tenants at East York apartment building 'ecstatic' after landlord ditches air conditioning fees
East York Tenants Battle Over Air Conditioning

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Sweating About CAPREIT’s Air Conditioning Notice?

The Park Vista Tenants’ Association was disappointed to learn that CAPREIT is demanding that tenants remove their air conditioners or obtain permission to keep their air conditioner – but only if they pay a fee of $125 (per A/C unit).

According to the Landlord’s Self-Help Centre (a community clinic funded by Legal Aid Ontario to serve small-scale landlords).
  • A landlord cannot charge extra when a tenant acquires an air conditioner unless it has been clearly specified in a written tenancy agreement that the tenant will pay extra if they chose to have an air conditioner. (
Community Legal Education Ontario says:
  • Unless the rental agreement says they can't, most tenants have the right to use their own air conditioner, as long as they install it safely and don't damage the window or the rental unit
  • If electricity is already included in the rent, it's usually illegal for the landlord to charge for "extra" electricity used by a tenant's air conditioner.
  • But the landlord may be allowed to charge extra if the rental agreement makes it clear that electricity for an air conditioner is not included.
The Park Vista Tenants’ Association is continuing to look into this matter.

In the meantime, we suggest tenants carefully review their lease and not rush to sign any agreement or pay any fee if they don’t fully understand their rights under the lease and Ontario’s rental laws.

If you wish to get updates on this issue, please email your contact information (name, address, email & phone) to