Item - 2013.EX36.2

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on December 16, 2013 without amendments.
  • This item was considered by Executive Committee on December 5, 2013 and was adopted with amendments. It will be considered by City Council on December 16, 2013.

EX36.2 - Tenant Issues Related to the Residential Tenancies Act

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on December 16, 17 and 18, 2013, adopted the following:

 

1.         City Council request the Government of Ontario to:

 

a.         discontinue the exemption pertaining to rent increases for rental housing built or occupied after November 1991;

 

b.         institute an automatic rent freeze in rental buildings for non-compliance with work orders; and

 

c.         collaborate with the City to set up an automated system for direct access to work orders to eliminate the need for tenants to provide proof of the work orders to the Landlord and Tenant Board.

 

2.         City Council request the Provincial government to provide the City of Toronto with the powers under the City of Toronto Act to enable the City to undertake new measures to improve the quality of rental housing in Toronto, such as rent freezes, vacancy control or landlord licensing.

Background Information (Committee)

(October 15, 2013) Report from the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration on Tenant Issues Related to the Residential Tenancies Act
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63467.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(October 28, 2013) E-mail from Peter Clarke (EX.Main.EX36.2.1)
(December 3, 2013) E-mail from Daryl Chong, President and CEO, Greater Toronto Apartment Association (GTAA) (EX.New.EX36.2.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/comm/communicationfile-42147.pdf

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Dec-18-2013 3:56 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX36.2 - Adopt the item
Total members that voted Yes: 30 Members that voted Yes are Maria Augimeri, Michelle Berardinetti, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Peter Milczyn, Frances Nunziata (Chair), John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Denzil Minnan-Wong
Total members that were Absent: 14 Members that were absent are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Mike Del Grande, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Giorgio Mammoliti, Joe Mihevc, Ron Moeser, Cesar Palacio, David Shiner, Karen Stintz

EX36.2 - Tenant Issues Related to the Residential Tenancies Act

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Executive Committee recommends that:

 

1.         City Council request the Government of Ontario to:

 

a.         discontinue the exemption pertaining to rent increases for rental housing built or occupied after November 1991;

 

b.         institute an automatic rent freeze in rental buildings for non-compliance with work orders; and

 

c.         collaborate with the City to set up an automated system for direct access to work orders to eliminate the need for tenants to provide proof of the work orders to the Landlord and Tenant Board.

 

2.         City Council request the Provincial government to provide the City of Toronto with the powers under the City of Toronto Act to enable the City to undertake new measures to improve the quality of rental housing in Toronto, such as rent freezes, vacancy control or landlord licensing.

Origin

(October 15, 2013) Report from the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration

Summary

This report responds to a request by the Executive Committee at its meeting of May 28, 2013 to review and report back on a motion concerning two tenant issues related to the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) in private rental housing.

 

The motion recommended that the City request the Government of Ontario to:

 

a.         discontinue the exemption pertaining to rent increases for rental housing built or occupied after November 1991;

 

b.         institute an automatic rent freeze in rental buildings for non-compliance with work orders; and;

 

c.         collaborate with the City to set up an automated system for direct access to work orders to eliminate the need for tenants to provide proof of the work orders to the Landlord and Tenant Board.

 

This report is provided for information only.  It has been prepared in consultation with the Affordable Housing Office, City Planning Division and Municipal Licensing and Standards Division.

Background Information

(October 15, 2013) Report from the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration on Tenant Issues Related to the Residential Tenancies Act
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-63467.pdf

Communications

(October 28, 2013) E-mail from Peter Clarke (EX.Main.EX36.2.1)
(December 3, 2013) E-mail from Daryl Chong, President and CEO, Greater Toronto Apartment Association (GTAA) (EX.New.EX36.2.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/comm/communicationfile-42147.pdf

Speakers

John Plumadore, Chair, Tenant Action Committee
Barbara Hurd, Community Legal Worker, Housing Action Now
Kenn Hale, Director, Legal Services, Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO)
Geri Stevens, Toronto Acorn
Pamela Tindall
Geordie Dent, FMTA
Benjamin Ries
Jade Jenkins, Kelvungrove Tenants Association
Councillor Frances Nunziata
Councillor Janet Davis

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Cesar Palacio (Withdrawn)

Request the City Manager to report Executive Committee on the feasibility of the following:

 

"City Council request the Provincial government to provide the City of Toronto with the powers under the City of Toronto Act to enable the City to undertake new measures to improve the quality of rental housing in Toronto, such as rent freezes, vacancy control or landlord licensing."


2 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Anthony Perruzza (Carried)

That City Council request the Government of Ontario to:

 

a.         discontinue the exemption pertaining to rent increases for rental housing built or occupied after November 1991;

 

b.         institute an automatic rent freeze in rental buildings for non-compliance with work orders; and

 

c.         collaborate with the City to set up an automated system for direct access to work orders to eliminate the need for tenants to provide proof of the work orders to the Landlord and Tenant Board.


3 - Motion to Withdraw a Motion moved by Councillor Cesar Palacio (Carried)

That motion 1 by Councillor Palacio be withdrawn.


4 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Cesar Palacio (Carried)

That:

 

1.         City Council request the Provincial government to provide the City of Toronto with the powers under the City of Toronto Act to enable the City to undertake new measures to improve the quality of rental housing in Toronto, such as rent freezes, vacancy control or landlord licensing.


5 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Anthony Perruzza (Carried)
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council