August 12th, 2010 by Kevin Connor - Toronto Sun
Tenants’ issues must be front and centre in the next municipal election, a rally heard on Thursday.
“We are having this action to encourage tenants to vote and we have invited mayoral candidates and council candidates to hear their views,” said ACORN’S Edward Lantz, adding the organization has three main issues for the October vote.
First, the Association of Community Organization for Reform Now wants changes made to the city’s licence standards department.
“These people audit highrise buildings. To date, there are 6,000 highrises in the city and 80% are in disrepair. Over the last two years the inspectors were only in 300 buildings and that is because there are only 13 inspectors. It is going to be a long time to get up to code,” Lantz said.
“In the units with the real problems we need to add more inspectors. Slum lords in Toronto must be regulated.”
ACORN also wants landlords to pay a tenant protection fee to fund the expansion of the inspection program.
“It wouldn’t cost the city a cent,” Lantz said.