Toronto’s New Apartment Bylaw Aims to Protect Tenants and Crack Down On Bad Landlords

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The new apartment bylaw passed by Council yesterday isn’t exactly what tenant advocates imagined, but for apartment renters, it’s a promising step forward.

Owners of “problem properties” like 500 Dawes or 105 West Lodge are a perennial problem for residents, their councillors, and City staff. Detractors have argued that it would be enough to beef up the City’s MRAB program, which audits apartment buildings for compliance with property standards. However, advocates for tenants and low-income residents want the City to have more teeth to deal with squalid apartments and unresponsive landlords.

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City Council Preview: November 2015

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Hello again, everyone! It’s so nice to be back. On this month’s agenda: the poverty reduction strategy, hookah lounges, Old City Hall, and probably the first use of “selfie” in council history.

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City Council Preview: September–October 2015

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In which we provide your cheat sheet for this month’s city council meeting, and let you know how you can follow along.

Today City Council returns from its summer break, and there’s a lot to cover on the agenda. Read about Toronto’s response to the Syrian refugee crisis; the taxi mess; the Gardiner mess; new shelter standards; and more.

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