August 1, 2018 tenants at 31-35 St. Dennis Drive began to withhold their rent. On September 1 even more tenants joined the rent strike. Rent strikers demand Minto Properties withdraws its application to raise rent above the guideline. Despite serious and persistent disrepair in the building, Minto wants to raise tenants’ rent by $180 over three years. This would mean that every month Minto would take $70,000 more in rents from the pockets of tenants in the building.
The Flemingdon Park rent strikers are not only up against their predatory landlord, Minto Properties; they will also have to contend with the Landlord and Tenant Board. Far from a fair and even arbiter of landlord-tenant disputes, the Board is a veritable eviction factory – 90% of the Orders it makes each year are for vacant possession of tenants’ homes.
If Minto drags hundreds of rent strikers to the Board, they will need a defense fund. The Board may require each rent striker to pay Minto’s eviction application filing fee of $190. It is the Board’s practice to apply these fees as a punitive measure against tenants.
You can donate any amount you choose through this GoFundMe page. A donation of $190 sponsors one rent striker, ensuring they have their eviction fee covered going forward. If you’re a union member or a member of another organization interested in making a larger donation, please contact [email redacted]
In the event rent strikers do not require funds to pay Board filing fees, your donation will go toward supporting future organizing by tenants in Flemingdon Park.
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