Ontario Landlord’s Watch – Press Release

March 19th, 2012 · 1 Comment · petition


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Well we had to call ourselves something didn’t we? Anyways this is about the water billing petition again. For previous information check out my previous post Kayla Andrade Speaks Out About Water Bills I know you’re bored, but before you go off and play Skylanders read this press release.

Kayla Andrade

She’s fierce but there’s no sign of horns and a tail. Seriously she’s a fighter and she’s taking no prisoners. She won’t take a no from the Provincial government and neither should we. I’m a battle scarred veteran of the landlord wars. Tenants have been winning for years while landlords backslide. That’s because we don’t get together and kick some government ass. We get our bills and tax increases and bad Landlord & Tenant Board judgements and go hide in private, call it a cost of doing business and lick our wounds. We have to start somewhere regaining our rights and this is as good a place as any.

Kayla Speaks On Water Issues < MP3 (Disclaimer * I have no idea if this will work)

So What If Cambridge Landlords Have To Pay Water Bills?

Ok Well Do you live in any of these cities? Because these are cities where water billing is an issue and we have contacts and members fighting this issue. Get involved.

  1. Windsor
  2. Essex
  3. Kingsville
  4. Wallaceburg
  5. Chathem-Kent
  6. Rodney
  7. West Elgin
  8. West Lorne
  9. Simcoe
  10. Brant
  11. Caledonia
  12. Haldimand
  13. Fort Erie
  14. Niagara Falls
  15. St Catharines
  16. Hamilton
  17. Cambridge
  18. Kitchener
  19. Waterloo
  20. Guelph
  21. New Hamburg
  22. Wellesley
  23. Stratford
  24. Burlington
  25. Oakville
  26. Mississauga
  27. Toronto
  28. North York
  29. Vaughn
  30. Caledon
  31. OrangeVille
  32. Midhurst
  33. Barrie
  34. Scarborough
  35. NewMarket
  36. Pickering
  37. Ajax
  38. Oshawa
  39. Whitby
  40. Brooklin
  41. Uxbridge
  42. Greenbank
  43. Port Perry
  44. Sunderland
  45. Cannigton
  46. Beaverton
  47. Blackstock
  48. Courtice
  49. Orono
  50. NewtonVille
  51. Newcastle Village
  52. Bowmanville
  53. Lindsay
  54. Peterborough
  55. Kawartha lakes
  56. Nipissing
  57. North Bay
  58. Kingston
  59. Flinton
  60. Nepean
  61. Ottawa

Landlords and Tenants Across the Province Are Voicing Concerns Over Municipalities Adopting Unfair Practices For Billing of Utilities

Kayla Andrade, a small Cambridge landlord, is gathering Ontario landlords and tenants to petition Queen’s Park for amendments to the Municipal Act, 2001, (the Act) in hope of preventing municipalities from charging delinquent tenants’ accounts to the landlords’ tax rolls.

When the Act was amended in 2001, many of the provisions of the repealed Public Utilities Act were incorporated into the new Act.  This new Act includes provisions that municipalities are loosely interpreting as giving them power to charge a landlord for a tenant’s utility usage.

Municipalities are fully aware that their contracts are with the tenants directly and that the tenants are the actual users of the utilities.  If a tenant defaults, the landlords potentially become the bill collectors for the municipalities.

This has outraged many landlords. The municipalities adopting this unfair policy do so without regard to the affordable housing sector, much of which is provided by smaller landlords who cannot afford this additional burden. Tenants are also voicing concern as they fear landlords may now feel they must tighten up on tenant applications and rent hikes will be coming as a direct result of unfair billing policies. Some landlords are getting out of the business altogether. This has the potential to harm lower income families who already struggle in finding affordable housing.

A meeting for anyone who agrees that people should pay their own bills will be held on

Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 7:00pm

The Royal Canadian Legion

 4 Veterans Way, Cambridge (Galt-off Ainslie).

Hundreds of landlords and tenants will be represented, with keynote speaker, Marc Kemerer, former City Solicitor for the City of Waterloo.  Kayla will have her petition there, hoping many will sign the petition in support of fair billing policies and protecting the affordable housing sector.

Also expected to attend this meeting include:

Jim Walker ( President of Brant County Landlords Association )

Glenn Trachel ( President of Waterloo Regional Apartment Management Association )

Mike Chopowick – Manager of Policy ( Federation of Rental Housing Providers of Ontario )

The Petition Is Here < Click Here

Download it, sign it and mail it! 

Ontario Landlord Watch
Kayla Andrade
6 Glen Road, Cambridge N1R 4L5

Call Kayla 519-740-7903

Email Kayla at: andrade_k1985@hotmail.com

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One Comment so far ↓

  • Robert

    Kayla is taking this province-wide issue on almost single handedly. As a mother of two young kids the burden shouldn’t be on her shoulders alone. I urge all landlords across Ontario to organize and lobby the government to amend the act. I’m doing my part by spreading the word and getting signatures.

    Robert – small landlord in Belleville, Ontario.

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