Anytime there are conflicting interests about a common subject, tensions can flare. Landlord and tenant issues are a prime example of this sort of situation. While landlords strive to maintain property, meet the needs of residents and run a profitable business, tenants have day-to-day issues and personal concerns that may be at odds with the property owners. An ongoing dispute between the owners and renters in one Toronto neighbourhood recently erupted into a full-on protest march.
On March 16, around 70 tenants of a building in the Parkdale neighbourhood decided to vent their frustrations as a group by protesting at the offices of the property owners. They had hoped to meet with the CEO of the company but were unsuccessful. At the heart of their complaints are allegations of untouched repair requests and the threat of a rent increase. Many of the tenants are refusing to pay their rent in protest.
For its part, the property owners, who own other buildings in the same area, insist the buildings are well maintained, thanks in part to live-in superintendents who handle most maintenance issues. Despite the apparently large number of repair requests cited by the tenants, only four calls for repairs in that building have been received since Feb. 2. They are attempting to raise rents by 5 percent, but negotiations in February stalled, and no further meetings are currently scheduled.
The goal of any business is to be profitable, while at the same time meeting the needs of its customers. When a business and its customers cannot see eye-to-eye, it makes running that business difficult. For any person or business experiencing landlord and tenant issues in Vaughan, Toronto and the GTA, it may be beneficial to seek help from a law firm with experience representing landlords and property owners when disputes arise.