Tenants Fight Back (or Lord of the Slums)

A few citizens are targeting those who target the rental population. The Parkdale Tenants Association have kicked off an interesting campaign to combat some of the worst landlords in our city. Hmmm… Shame can be an interesting weapon…

They are trying to get theatregoers attention at the opening of the new LORD OF THE RINGS show. They are offering tours of some of Toronto’s worst neighbourhoods to bring attention to issues they face.

There has been a lot of talk about the amount of gun violence in the city. I think these “activists”, in their own way, are making a positive change that may prevent that type of thing. Working toward affordable housing and livable communities benefits EVERYONE. After all strong communities need to worry less about gangs and criminal elements embracing the marginalized. Tenant rights. Something worth bringing to the surface especially with the holiday season approaching. Love thy neighbour indeed.

6 Comments so far

  1. kevin Bracken (unregistered) on November 27th, 2005 @ 1:51 am

    toronto? slums? surely they must be kidding. a few bad parkdale landlords suddenly represent the whole city? silliness.


  2. mike (unregistered) on November 27th, 2005 @ 7:35 am

    Perhaps you’re missing the point Kevin. SLUMLORD=dead beat landlord hence the catchy “Lord of the Slums”. I wouldn’t consider Parkdale a slum but that’s not the issue. The Parkdale Tenants Association is working towards initiatives towards more affordable housing in Toronto, amendments to the Tenant Protection Act, Rent control and Penalties for bad landlords. One Toronto neighbourhood group bringing light to their worst apartment buildings. They don’t “represent” the whole city but seem to be on the side of Toronto tenants in the “slums” or not.


  3. Toronto Tenants Associations (unregistered) on December 2nd, 2005 @ 3:16 pm

    Now here is a great website West Lodge Parkdale Tenants Association


  4. Shibil Siddiqi (unregistered) on December 7th, 2005 @ 12:47 pm

    FYI – A few bad landlords aren’t restricted to Parkdale. The GTA is littered with them. You might want to take a walk around Scarborough, Rexdale, or the east end of Toronto’s downtown core and visit Regent Park or St. Jamestown. I understand the tour itself isn’t restricted to Parkdale but rather covers a relatively large portion of the city.

    Do these slumlords represent the whole city? Probably not, but you’re missing the point. The question to ask is: how many lower end or relatively affordable housing units are run by landlords that flout laws and regulations about maintenance and complying with health and safety standards? The answer unfortunately is a huge portion of them. And though we might not necessarily be speaking of relatively large areas of Toronto geographically, we are looking at significant numbers. The reason is that most lower income communities are also very densely populated. The highest concentration of poverty in Toronto exists on the east end of the downtown core. Part of this community, St. Jamestown, also happens to be the most densely populated community in all of North America.

    Ultimately, the Lord of the Slums tour is not about painting Toronto in a certain way and may not necessarily be about ‘slums’ in the American sense of the word. Its about exploitation of lower income tenants by unscrupulous landlords, about calling for a more pro-active regulatory regime and ultimately, about demonstrating the ever growing need for decent affordable housing in Toronto.


  5. swoononeone (unregistered) on December 8th, 2005 @ 2:15 am

    Good to see some dialogue here. The idea of the post was to highlight what some Parkdale residence were doing to highlight the issue of “bad” landlords in one of Toronto’s “bad” neighbourhoods.

    Of course ONE group and ONE area are not representative of the entire city or all tenants. The idea of tenants rights are not limited to income but should be for ALL TENANTS. Just trying to help rally people behind this cause in Toronto, the GTA etc. If more than merely the tenants take notice to how a “bad” landlord takes care of his building the less likely they will be able to continue to do so. Call them on it… Better yet call your MPP, city council…


  6. Lie (unregistered) on February 7th, 2006 @ 11:44 am

    all lies you guys are making our area look nasty



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