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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.
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.
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.
- West Elgin
- West Lorne
- Fort Erie
- Niagara Falls
- St Catharines
- New Hamburg
- North York
- Port Perry
- Newcastle Village
- Kawartha lakes
- North Bay
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When the Act was amended in 2001, many of the provisions of the repealed Public Utilities Act were incorporated into the new Act.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
6 Glen Road, Cambridge N1R 4L5
Call Kayla 519-740-7903
Email Kayla at: firstname.lastname@example.org