Hamilton ACORN takes action against Equiton, fight back for repairs and AGIs!
Posted November 18, 2022
Amazing tenant action in front of 125 Wellington / 50 Cathcart today to demand the landlord Equiton respond to tenant’s serious health and safety concerns and withdraw their application for a 4.58% AGI!
The action was led by ACORN members Pauline, Christina and Shelly with additional speeches from tenants Michelle and Kelly. We were joined by the Ward 2 City Councillor Cameron Kroetsch.
For the past month tenants at 125 Wellington and 50 Cathcart have been coming together to share concerns in the building and make a plan to fight for improving conditions in the building and challenge the Above Guideline Increase.
125 Wellington and 50 Cathcart were bought by Equiton from Greenwin in March 2021. They are a Canadian real estate investment trust that promises 8-12% return for their investors. On their website it says their “Apartment Fund specializes in acquiring underperforming and undervalued multi-residential properties and selecting new developments in Canada and increasing value through active management.”
Issues range from lack of repairs, pest control, broken elevators, broken buzzers, lack of respect from building staff, uncleaned and unkept common areas and grounds, mould, leaks, floods.
When members and the City Councillor tried to hand deliver our letter we were blocked by security and the police was called. We are requesting a meeting as soon as possible with Equiton to discuss these urgent matters and work towards solutions that ensure tenants have safe and healthy homes and are treated with respect.