Toronto: Hampton urges rent-hike cap, Tenant Act repeal FWD

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Sun, 15 Nov 1998 22:57:30 -0400


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Toronto-ites [and others], what's your opinion of social housing, a
rent-hike cap and the Tenant Protection Act?

http://www2.thestar.com/thestar/editorial/news/981115NEW04_CI-HOUSING15.html
FWD  Toronto Star [News Story] - November 15, 1998


HAMPTON URGES RENT-HIKE CAP
Tenants' act must be repealed, he tells debate

By  Mark Zwolinski - Toronto Star  Staff Reporter


    The next provincial government should repeal the Tenant Protection Act
and help the homeless by getting back into the housing business, NDP Leader
Howard Hampton says.

   Speaking at an all-party debate, Hampton criticized the act brought in
by Mike Harris' government. He said it gives more tax breaks to developers
``in the hopes that trickles down to the people on the street.''

    Hampton told about 60 people at the debate on tenants' rights, held by
the Federation of Metro Tenants' Association, that ``we have far too many
homeless people. In fact, it's a national crisis.''

   To address the homeless issue, Hampton advocated a new tenant-landlord
system with caps on rent hikes. The government should impose a moratorium
on the demolition of rental buildings, he added.

   To obtain funding to ease rental housing problems, the provincial
government should claw back money from the highest earners benefiting from
its income tax return schemes, he said.

 ``If you took 6 per cent off the top of of the income tax scheme, there's
$1.5 billion dollars you could reinvest,'' the New Democratic Party leader
said.

   Hampton was debating Progressive Conservative MPP Steve Gilchrist
(Scarborough East) and Liberal MPP Michael Colle (Oakwood).

   Gilchrist defended the current tenant legislation. He said it will help
the homeless and people needing affordable housing, through sparking the
construction of new rental buildings.

   In addition, the Tories expect a new agreement with the federal
government on social housing to be finalized by January.

   ``There were 35 units, not buildings, but units, under construction when
we came to power (in 1995).'' Gilchrist said. ``Now there are over 2,000.''

   But Colle ridiculed the construction initiative, claiming at least 2,000
current units are scheduled to be demolished to make way for condominiums.

   ``Has anyone seen the price of these new units?'' Colle asked, citing
two Toronto buildings that he said will be replaced by condominiums with
units costing up to $600,000.

   The Tories scrapped previous tenant-landlord legislation in June and
replaced it with a new act designed as a guideline for tenant rights.

   But several members of the tenants' association criticized the new act,
calling it ``the Landlord Protection Act.'' They said it is pushing people
on to waiting lists for a decreasing number of affordable units.

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Toronto-ites [and others], what's your opinion of social housing, a
rent-hike cap and the Tenant Protection Act?


http://www2.thestar.com/thestar/editorial/news/981115NEW04_CI-HOUSING15.html

FWD  Toronto Star [News Story] - November 15, 1998     



<paraindent><param>right,left</param>HAMPTON URGES RENT-HIKE CAP

Tenants' act must be repealed, he tells debate


By  Mark Zwolinski - Toronto Star  Staff Reporter

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    The next provincial government should repeal the Tenant Protection
Act and help the homeless by getting back into the housing business,
NDP Leader Howard Hampton says.


   Speaking at an all-party debate, Hampton criticized the act brought
in by Mike Harris' government. He said it gives more tax breaks to
developers ``in the hopes that trickles down to the people on the
street.''


    Hampton told about 60 people at the debate on tenants' rights, held
by the Federation of Metro Tenants' Association, that ``we have far too
many homeless people. In fact, it's a national crisis.''


   To address the homeless issue, Hampton advocated a new
tenant-landlord system with caps on rent hikes. The government should
impose a moratorium on the demolition of rental buildings, he added.


   To obtain funding to ease rental housing problems, the provincial
government should claw back money from the highest earners benefiting
from its income tax return schemes, he said. 


 ``If you took 6 per cent off the top of of the income tax scheme,
there's $1.5 billion dollars you could reinvest,'' the New Democratic
Party leader said.


   Hampton was debating Progressive Conservative MPP Steve Gilchrist
(Scarborough East) and Liberal MPP Michael Colle (Oakwood).


   Gilchrist defended the current tenant legislation. He said it will
help the homeless and people needing affordable housing, through
sparking the construction of new rental buildings.


   In addition, the Tories expect a new agreement with the federal
government on social housing to be finalized by January.


   ``There were 35 units, not buildings, but units, under construction
when we came to power (in 1995).'' Gilchrist said. ``Now there are over
2,000.''


   But Colle ridiculed the construction initiative, claiming at least
2,000 current units are scheduled to be demolished to make way for
condominiums.


   ``Has anyone seen the price of these new units?'' Colle asked,
citing two Toronto buildings that he said will be replaced by
condominiums with units costing up to $600,000.


   The Tories scrapped previous tenant-landlord legislation in June and
replaced it with a new act designed as a guideline for tenant rights.


   But several members of the tenants' association criticized the new
act, calling it ``the Landlord Protection Act.'' They said it is
pushing people on to waiting lists for a decreasing number of
affordable units.


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