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Landlords appeal to tenants to stop apartment licensing

Toronto landlords are urging tenants to oppose a licensing system for apartment buildings, claiming the proposed annual fee of $12 to $15 per unit “will increase the rents and taxes paid by tenants without improving the quality of rental housing.”...

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OPEN BY DEFAULT

When given access, the open data community has demonstrated it can act more quickly than city staff. Rentlogic CEO Yale Fox, one of the creators of the recently launched LandlordWatch.com, an online database of the worst landlords in the city...

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Landlord licensing passes first major hurdle at city hall

A move by tenant advocates to ensure better building standards and greater punishment for landlords who don't comply is now in council’s hands. The push to license landlords of the city’s apartment buildings is now in council’s hands...

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Toronto’s landlord licensing plan faces its first test as tenants rally behind it

A proposed landlord licensing system for Toronto apartment buildings faces its first test this week as councillors consider giving city inspectors more tools to ensure tenants have a “safe, secure and decent place to live.”...

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Toronto needs to get 'proactive' about tenant complaints, councillors say

Getting the cracked ceiling or broken plumbing in your apartment fixed in a timely fashion shouldn’t depend on the goodwill of your local councillor, tenant advocates in Toronto say. As the city mulls a licensing regime for landlords...

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Toronto’s landlord licensing plan faces its first test as tenants rally behind it

The “worst” landlord in the city, is the city according to data compiled by a new website for renters to learn about where they’re potentially moving into. Toronto Community Housing – Canada’s largest landlord – had 452 bylaw violations...

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Tenant advocate website names TCH the city's worst landlord

As the city of Toronto ponders spending millions on a program that would licence and regulate landlords, maybe it should ponder this: According to the recently-launched tenant advocacy website LandLordWatch.com, the city is the biggest slum lord out there...

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'The cockroaches aren't scared:' Life at one of the most-cited buildings in Toronto

Bryan Rickey has lived in the apartment tower at 1501 Woodbine Ave. for six years. The 1960s-era high-rise was once the “gem of East York,” home to famous hockey players and a luxury indoor pool, he says. But now, he and his fellow tenants confront mould...

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Tenant organizations take aim at Toronto's 'worst' landlords

As Toronto debates a plan to license landlords, tenant advocates are calling out what they say are the city’s “worst” landlords. City inspectors hand out hundreds of landlord violations each year for everything from broken elevators to clogged toilets and cockroach infestations...

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Someone made a list of the worst landlords in Toronto

A new website has ranked the 100 worst landlords and apartment buildings in Toronto, information that should prove very useful for prospective renters in this city. The criteria for both sets of rankings is based on open data from the City of Toronto that tracks violations issued by city inspectors...

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Tenant advocate website names TCH the city's worst landlord

As the city of Toronto ponders spending millions on a program that would licence and regulate landlords, maybe it should ponder this: According to the recently-launched tenant advocacy website LandLordWatch.com, the city is the biggest slum lord out there — by a long shot...

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LORINC: A Trip Advisor for rental apartments?

When the members of the Municipal Licensing and Standards committee meet tomorrow at City Hall, they’ll be considering the latest attempt to license the apartment sector, with a motion to create a public consultation process around how such a system might function, and how the city should rate multi-unit buildings...

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Bad Toronto landlords outed on new website

A website listing the 100 “worst” landlords in Toronto has launched on the eve of a debate on a possible bylaw to require a licence to rent out apartments. The website, LandlordWatch: Toronto is based on a similar listing in the out-of-control rental market in New York City...

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City hall committee votes to create licensing system for landlords

The city's municipal licensing and standards committee voted Thursday to move ahead with a landlord licensing system for apartment buildings across Toronto. The goal: to crack down on bad landlords...

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Looking for a new apartment in Toronto? Check landlordwatch.com before signing a lease

ACORN Canada and Rentlogic teamed up to create LandlordWatch.com a site that pulls data from the City of Toronto to display the landlords and addresses with the highest number of investigations in 2015...

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Should Landlords Be Licensed?

Last week, a Toronto City Council committee voted unanimously to endorse a new licensing regime for landlords. The proposal would institute a system for grading landlords of buildings of a certain size for conditions such as mold, bedbugs, working elevators, water cleanliness, and working air conditioning...

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