Dear fellow residential #tenants of Canada,
Mortgage payments have been looked after but rents haven’t. Nothing will be done for us unless we speak up. Tell your political representatives you will not pay your rent until tenants get benefits equal to those received by property owners. (Update: BC Temporary Rental Supplement (BC-TRS) Program – $500 a month for six months – https://bchousing.org/bctrs)
Most tenants cover the rent, But May …
NowMagazine, April 11, 2020
Approximately 85 per cent of tenants in Canada paid rent in part or full despite calls for an April rent strike during the coronavirus pandemic, says CIBC’s deputy chief economist Benjamin Tal. He says next month will be the test
Rent strikes loom across Canada
Globe and Mail, Reuters, April 6, 2020
CIBC’s deputy chief economist Benjamin Tal says. “Without some sort of change to policy the number will be higher,” he says, citing examples like the $500 per month the BC government is providing to renters as coronavirus relief for six months..
Tenants Tell Us How Their Rent Strikes Are Going
Vice, Harron Walker, Apr 9 2020
“We’re demanding a rent freeze,” said Fofanah, who, along with the other tenants in her building, send a demand letter to their landlord this past week. “We don’t want to pay rent in May. A lot of us can’t pay rent in May and were lucky to be able to pay in April.” …
Demanding anything from a landlord might be the most intimidating part in all this, given the risk of eviction or some other form of retaliation. But, while the landlords haven’t been so amenable, the individuals who spoke with VICE said that the vast majority of their neighbours, even those whose income hasn’t been affected, have received their efforts warmly.
CBC News, Jennifer La Grassa, Apr 08, 2020
During this time, Hamilton can provide additional aid by freezing rent for the coming months and increasing support through the city’s housing stability benefit, says Suzanne Kelly, who volunteers at Willow’s Place — a mission service for women. …
The organization Rent Strike Niagara is also advocating for a focus on housing security in the Niagara region, saying the government should waive all rent and mortgage payments. The group wants rent cancelled and not just deferred.