Dundas 50 Creighton Rd. rent increase may not be moving forward

News Nov 16, 2020 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

It’s not yet clear whether the new owner of 50 Creighton Rd. in Dundas will attempt to move ahead with an illegal rent increase suggested in a letter to tenants of the former non-profit, seniors affordable housing development.

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing spokesperson Conrad Spezowka said the ministry’s Rental Housing Enforcement Unit is not currently planning enforcement action under the Residential Tenancies Act.

“The RHEU acted quickly to inform the landlord of the rules under the RTA, once learning of the rent increase letter sent to the tenants,” Spezowka said. “Should we receive a future complaint on this matter, we will not hesitate to further act in order to achieve compliance with the RTA.”

He said Monday, Nov. 16 the unit had been told by a tenant the proposed illegal rent increase is not moving ahead, but it had not confirmed that with the landlord.

Hamilton Community Legal Clinic lawyer Katie Remington said HCLC was not retained by any individual or group, but was approached for an opinion on the situation.

“The behaviour of the private investor who purchased the building is indicative of bullying and intimidation tactics to push out tenants with affordable rents in order to rerent the units at a higher rent amount,” Remington said. “If the landlord alleges that the tenants owe rent due to this unlawful rent increase, the tenants are entitled to a formal notice and to a hearing at the Landlord and Tenant Board.”

She said the RTA does not permit landlords to personally evict tenants – a landlord must follow the Act’s process for eviction, which includes providing notice to the tenant, applying for a hearing at the LTB and obtaining an Order from the LTB.

Proformance Investments GP Inc. which bought 50 Creighton Rd. from the Dundas Lions Club for $2.7-million in October, has not applied to the LTB to increase rent at the property. The province has legislated a freeze on rents for 2021.

Proformance president Derek Conorton informed tenants in a letter dated November 5 he would pickup postdated cheques for all 12 months of 2021 at a new rent of $995 per month from tenants at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10. That is a proposed increase of 47 per cent over the current rent of $675 per month.

Tenants can not be required to pay by postdated cheque and the proposed rent increase is not permitted under the Residential Tenancies Act.

Conorton met with tenants outside the building for approximately 45 minutes, on Nov. 10, but reportedly did not collect any cheques at that time. Tenants said Conorton was going to follow up with tenants individually.

Conorton did not respond to requests for comment by deadline.

Dundas 50 Creighton Rd. rent increase may not be moving forward

Province “will not hesitate” to achieve compliance with Residential Tenancies Act

News Nov 16, 2020 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

It’s not yet clear whether the new owner of 50 Creighton Rd. in Dundas will attempt to move ahead with an illegal rent increase suggested in a letter to tenants of the former non-profit, seniors affordable housing development.

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing spokesperson Conrad Spezowka said the ministry’s Rental Housing Enforcement Unit is not currently planning enforcement action under the Residential Tenancies Act.

“The RHEU acted quickly to inform the landlord of the rules under the RTA, once learning of the rent increase letter sent to the tenants,” Spezowka said. “Should we receive a future complaint on this matter, we will not hesitate to further act in order to achieve compliance with the RTA.”

He said Monday, Nov. 16 the unit had been told by a tenant the proposed illegal rent increase is not moving ahead, but it had not confirmed that with the landlord.

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Hamilton Community Legal Clinic lawyer Katie Remington said HCLC was not retained by any individual or group, but was approached for an opinion on the situation.

“The behaviour of the private investor who purchased the building is indicative of bullying and intimidation tactics to push out tenants with affordable rents in order to rerent the units at a higher rent amount,” Remington said. “If the landlord alleges that the tenants owe rent due to this unlawful rent increase, the tenants are entitled to a formal notice and to a hearing at the Landlord and Tenant Board.”

She said the RTA does not permit landlords to personally evict tenants – a landlord must follow the Act’s process for eviction, which includes providing notice to the tenant, applying for a hearing at the LTB and obtaining an Order from the LTB.

Proformance Investments GP Inc. which bought 50 Creighton Rd. from the Dundas Lions Club for $2.7-million in October, has not applied to the LTB to increase rent at the property. The province has legislated a freeze on rents for 2021.

Proformance president Derek Conorton informed tenants in a letter dated November 5 he would pickup postdated cheques for all 12 months of 2021 at a new rent of $995 per month from tenants at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10. That is a proposed increase of 47 per cent over the current rent of $675 per month.

Tenants can not be required to pay by postdated cheque and the proposed rent increase is not permitted under the Residential Tenancies Act.

Conorton met with tenants outside the building for approximately 45 minutes, on Nov. 10, but reportedly did not collect any cheques at that time. Tenants said Conorton was going to follow up with tenants individually.

Conorton did not respond to requests for comment by deadline.

Dundas 50 Creighton Rd. rent increase may not be moving forward

Province “will not hesitate” to achieve compliance with Residential Tenancies Act

News Nov 16, 2020 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

It’s not yet clear whether the new owner of 50 Creighton Rd. in Dundas will attempt to move ahead with an illegal rent increase suggested in a letter to tenants of the former non-profit, seniors affordable housing development.

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing spokesperson Conrad Spezowka said the ministry’s Rental Housing Enforcement Unit is not currently planning enforcement action under the Residential Tenancies Act.

“The RHEU acted quickly to inform the landlord of the rules under the RTA, once learning of the rent increase letter sent to the tenants,” Spezowka said. “Should we receive a future complaint on this matter, we will not hesitate to further act in order to achieve compliance with the RTA.”

He said Monday, Nov. 16 the unit had been told by a tenant the proposed illegal rent increase is not moving ahead, but it had not confirmed that with the landlord.

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Hamilton Community Legal Clinic lawyer Katie Remington said HCLC was not retained by any individual or group, but was approached for an opinion on the situation.

“The behaviour of the private investor who purchased the building is indicative of bullying and intimidation tactics to push out tenants with affordable rents in order to rerent the units at a higher rent amount,” Remington said. “If the landlord alleges that the tenants owe rent due to this unlawful rent increase, the tenants are entitled to a formal notice and to a hearing at the Landlord and Tenant Board.”

She said the RTA does not permit landlords to personally evict tenants – a landlord must follow the Act’s process for eviction, which includes providing notice to the tenant, applying for a hearing at the LTB and obtaining an Order from the LTB.

Proformance Investments GP Inc. which bought 50 Creighton Rd. from the Dundas Lions Club for $2.7-million in October, has not applied to the LTB to increase rent at the property. The province has legislated a freeze on rents for 2021.

Proformance president Derek Conorton informed tenants in a letter dated November 5 he would pickup postdated cheques for all 12 months of 2021 at a new rent of $995 per month from tenants at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10. That is a proposed increase of 47 per cent over the current rent of $675 per month.

Tenants can not be required to pay by postdated cheque and the proposed rent increase is not permitted under the Residential Tenancies Act.

Conorton met with tenants outside the building for approximately 45 minutes, on Nov. 10, but reportedly did not collect any cheques at that time. Tenants said Conorton was going to follow up with tenants individually.

Conorton did not respond to requests for comment by deadline.