Item - 2017.AH7.1

Tracking Status

AH7.1 - Rental Affordability in Toronto

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Decision

The Affordable Housing Committee recommends that:

 

1.  The Executive Committee request the City Manager and the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A to report to the Executive Committee in the third quarter of 2017 on additional housing market data which would assist in informing municipal, provincial and federal policy and program decisions.

 

2.  The Executive Committee request the City Manager and the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A to commission a Market Analysis on Housing in the City of Toronto, which will help to inform the creation of measures to improve the affordability of housing for Toronto residents, and to report to the Executive Committee in the third quarter of 2017 on the progress.

 

3.  The Executive Committee request the City Manager to report to the Executive Committee in the second quarter 2017 on the number of vacant homes in Toronto, and in an effort to encourage the occupancy of these homes, the feasibility of the City implementing a vacant homes tax.

  

4.  The Executive Committee request the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A and the Deputy City Manager, Cluster C to report to the Executive Committee by the end of 2017 on opportunities to expand the City's green energy programs through accessing green energy initiatives contained in the 2017 federal budget and to include a review of City incentives that would encourage building owners to invest in green energy programs/retrofits, including the use of recoverable debt to finance energy retrofits. Further, such report to include strategies to ensure that energy savings will be passed on to tenants.

 

5.  The Executive Committee request the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A and the Director, Affordable Housing Office to report to the Executive Committee in the third quarter of 2017 on opportunities to maximize the creation of new rental housing through accessing affordable housing funding provided for in the 2017 federal budget.

 

6.  The Executive Committee request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, and the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A to report to Executive Committee by the end of 2017 on recommended actions related to the creation of secondary residential units including laneway suites; further to include in such report strategies, tools, by-laws, and licensing requirements, to ensure long term affordability for prospective tenants.

 

7.  City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, and the Director, Affordable Housing Office to report to the Affordable Housing Committee with recommendations to protect single room occupancy units.

 

8.  City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to report on progress towards an affordable housing inclusionary zoning policy for Toronto, as part of the report back on PG5.10.

 

9.  City Council write to the Premier to communicate its support for the discontinuation of the exemption pertaining to rent increases for rental housing built or occupied after November 1991 and to amend the rent control provisions so that rent control is tied to the unit not to the tenant.

 

10.  City Council request the Government of Ontario to amend the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 to provide for procedures to strengthen tenant awareness of their rights and impose additional responsibilities on landlords to assist with tenant awareness.

 

11.  City Council request the Government of Ontario to increase the Ontario Works Shelter Allowance to reflect the average market rent in Toronto.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Director, Affordable Housing Office gave a presentation on Rental Housing Update.

Origin

(March 20, 2017) Letter from Councillor Ana Bail„o

Summary

Toronto's rental housing market has become increasingly unaffordable for many people.

 

The challenges of finding and keeping a decent and affordable place to live are affecting people across the rental spectrum in all areas of the city.

 

Rents are rapidly rising beyond the rate of inflation and on the turnover from one tenant to the next the unit is frequently being rented to the highest bidder. Due to historically low vacancy rates and a lack of new purpose-built rental supply, more and more residents are finding themselves precariously housed by renting condominiums.

 

Despite the ongoing construction of new condominiums, there remains a critical shortage of homes that people can afford. As a result of market pressures and a lack of protection for any rental unit built after 1991, some tenants in condominiums have recently reported annual rent increases between 10 percent and 50 percent.

 

The situation has become critical as it is increasingly affecting the social and economic success of Toronto. Many residents are being priced out of the housing market, threatening the city's ability to attract investment, good jobs and maintain social cohesion.

 

The time has come for everyone involved including non-profit, community and private-sector organizations to work with all levels of government and governmental agencies to tackle the rental crisis that is threatening our livability and prosperity.

 

As a first step, we have asked the Affordable Housing Committee and the Tenant Issues Committee to meet to review rental housing in our city and make recommendations to the Executive Committee and Council. This will allow us to take stock of what is happening in Toronto's rental housing market and hear first-hand from the public and stakeholders most affected. We look forward to a productive meeting that will contribute to short and long-term solutions that will make Toronto a more affordable and livable city for renters.

Background Information

(March 20, 2017) Letter from Councillor Ana Bail„o on Rental Affordability in Toronto
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ah/bgrd/backgroundfile-102150.pdf
(April 3, 2017) Presentation from the Director, Affordable Housing Office on Rental Housing Update
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ah/bgrd/backgroundfile-102583.pdf

Communications

(March 31, 2017) E-mail from James Cash (AH.Supp.AH7.1.1)
(April 3, 2017) E-mail from Don Collymore (AH.Supp.AH7.1.2)
(April 1, 2017) E-mail from Andrew Stokes (AH.Supp.AH7.1.3)
(April 3, 2017) Submission from Paul Codd, Right to Housing Coalition (AH.Supp.AH7.1.4)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ah/comm/communicationfile-68205.pdf
(April 3, 2017) E-mail from Theodora Kempe (AH.Supp.AH7.1.5)
(April 3, 2017) Submission from Daniela Mergarten on behalf of Kenn Hale, Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (AH.New.AH7.1.6)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ah/comm/communicationfile-68199.pdf
(April 3, 2017) Submission from Harvey Cooper, Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada, Managing Director, Ontario Region (AH.New.AH7.1.7)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ah/comm/communicationfile-68200.pdf
(April 3, 2017) Submission from Anita Ifeadi, University of Toronto Urban Infrastructure Cluster (AH.New.AH7.1.8)
(April 3, 2017) Submission from Mary Hynes, Toronto Seniors Forum (AH.New.AH7.1.9)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ah/comm/communicationfile-68225.pdf

Speakers

Daniela Jardino
Carlos Jardino
David Gibson
Kyle Iannuzzi
Paul Codd, Right to Housing Coalition
Daniela Mergarten, Right to Housing Coalition
Kenneth Hale, Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario
Daryl Chong, President and Chief Executive Officer, Greater Toronto Apartment Association
Jim Murphy, President and Chief Executive Officer, Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario
Mary Hynes, Toronto Seniors Forum
Harvey Cooper, Co-op Housing Federation of Canada (Ontario)
Phillip Mendonca-Vieira
Anita Ifeadi, University of Toronto Urban Infrastructure Cluster
Connor Gregory
Hamish Wilson
Councillor Janet Davis
Councillor Joe Mihevc
Councillor Josh Matlow

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Ana Bail„o (Amended)

That: 

 

1. The Executive Committee request that the City Manager and the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A to report to the Executive Committee in the third quarter of 2017 on additional housing market data which would assist in informing municipal, provincial and federal policy and program decisions.

 

2. The Executive Committee request that City Manager and the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A to commission a Market Analysis on Housing in the City of Toronto, which will help to inform the creation of measures to improve the affordability of housing for Toronto residents, and to report to the Executive Committee in the third quarter of 2017 on the progress.

 

3. The Executive Committee request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, and the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A to report to Executive Committee by the end of 2017 on recommended actions to support the creation of secondary residential units including laneway suites.

 

4. The Executive Committee request the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A and the Deputy City Manager, Cluster C to report to the Executive Committee by the end of 2017 on opportunities to expand the City's green energy programs through accessing green energy initiatives contained in the 2017 federal budget and to include a review of City incentives that would encourage building owners to invest in green energy programs/retrofits.

 

5. The Executive Committee request the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A and the Director, Affordable Housing Office to report to the Executive Committee in the third quarter of 2017 on opportunities to maximize the creation of new rental housing through accessing affordable housing funding provided for in the 2017 federal budget.

 

6. The Executive Committee request the City Manager to report to the Executive Committee in the second quarter 2017 on the number of vacant homes in Toronto, and in an effort to encourage the occupancy of these homes, the feasibility of the City implementing a vacant homes tax.

 

7. City Council write to the Premier to communicate its support for the discontinuation of the exemption pertaining to rent increases for rental housing built or occupied after November 1991.

 

8. City Council request the Government of Ontario to amend the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 to provide for procedures to strengthen tenant awareness of their rights and impose additional responsibilities on landlords to assist with tenant awareness.


2a - Motion to Amend Motion moved by Councillor Gord Perks (Carried)

That motion 1 by Councillor Bailão be amended so that it reads as follows:

 

"That: 

 

1. The Executive Committee request that the City Manager and the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A to report to the Executive Committee in the third quarter of 2017 on additional housing market data which would assist in informing municipal, provincial and federal policy and program decisions.

 

2. The Executive Committee request that City Manager and the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A to commission a Market Analysis on Housing in the City of Toronto, which will help to inform the creation of measures to improve the affordability of housing for Toronto residents, and to report to the Executive Committee in the third quarter of 2017 on the progress.

 

3. The Executive Committee request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, and the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A to report to Executive Committee by the end of 2017 on recommended actions related to the creation of secondary residential units including laneway suites; further to include in such report strategies, tools, by-laws, and licensing requirements, to ensure long term affordability for prospective tenants.

 

4. The Executive Committee request the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A and the Deputy City Manager, Cluster C to report to the Executive Committee by the end of 2017 on opportunities to expand the City's green energy programs through accessing green energy initiatives contained in the 2017 federal budget and to include a review of City incentives that would encourage building owners to invest in green energy programs/retrofits, including the use of recoverable debt to finance energy retrofits. Further, such report to include strategies to ensure that energy savings will be passed on to tenants.

 

5. The Executive Committee request the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A and the Director, Affordable Housing Office to report to the Executive Committee in the third quarter of 2017 on opportunities to maximize the creation of new rental housing through accessing affordable housing funding provided for in the 2017 federal budget.

 

6. The Executive Committee request the City Manager to report to the Executive Committee in the second quarter 2017 on the number of vacant homes in Toronto, and in an effort to encourage the occupancy of these homes, the feasibility of the City implementing a vacant homes tax.

 

7. City Council write to the Premier to communicate its support for the discontinuation of the exemption pertaining to rent increases for rental housing built or occupied after November 1991 and to amend the rent control provisions so that rent control is tied to the unit not to the tenant.

 

8. City Council request the Government of Ontario to amend the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 to provide for procedures to strengthen tenant awareness of their rights and impose additional responsibilities on landlords to assist with tenant awareness.


2b - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Gord Perks (Carried)

That City Council request the Government of Ontario to increase the Ontario Works Shelter Allowance to reflect the average market rent in Toronto.


2c - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Gord Perks (Carried)

That City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to report on progress towards an affordable housing inclusionary zoning policy for Toronto, as part of the report back on PG5.10.


2d - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Gord Perks (Carried)

That City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, and the Director, Affordable Housing Office to report to the Affordable Housing Committee with recommendations to protect single room occupancy units.

Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council