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Parkdale tenants put new landlord on notice

Today our neighbours at 109 Jameson traveled to the Markham offices of property manager Briarlane to demand they improve conditions at their building. A Briarlane executive tried to undermine the group by insisting that he would only speak to one tenant in private. Our neighbours responded that he would have to meet with the whole group.

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Parkdale tenants beat renoviction

Our neighbours at 12 Lansdowne received confirmation that their landlords have withdrawn all eviction notices against them. This includes N13 eviction notices for extensive renovations and N5 and N6 eviction notices for illegal acts issued against tenants who hung banners from their balconies. The tenants’ long-term, proactive, and direct approach to organizing won the day.

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Renoviction Dropped

Chris is a worker in Parkdale who reached out to us after receiving an N13 eviction notice for extensive renovations from his landlord. In the notice the landlord claimed that some minor disrepair issues in the washroom required the whole room be demolished and that Chris and his daughter would have to move out for

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Landlord Retaliation at 12 Lansdowne

After issuing N13 eviction notices for extensive renovations to an entire building in Parkdale, landlords Evan Johnsen and Neil Spiegel have now sent new eviction notices to 2 tenants who hung banners from their balconies in protest. The landlords claim that by hanging banners the tenants have committed an “illegal act” and they have threatened to file applications with

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Evan Johnsen Evicts Parkdale Tenants

Today tenants of 12 Lansdowne attempted to deliver a letter to their landlord Evan Johnsen at his King Street West residence demanding that he drop the eviction notices he issued to them. Johnsen, who cannot be reached by tenants by phone or email, made himself scarce and would not accept the tenants’ letter himself. Tenants

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Laxton Tenants Fight for Homes

Late at night Friday May 14th, just over a week ago, the tenants of 9 Laxton – a rooming house in Parkdale – were forced out of their homes by a fire. The Red Cross, contracted by the city to provide shelter, food, and provisions for tenants of rooming houses after emergencies, found them a

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Nestlé Workers on Strike

This week 470 workers walked off the job and stopped production at the Nestlé chocolate factory near Lansdowne and Dundas.  Nestlé pays its temporary workers $6.57 less per hour than permanent employees, even though they do the same jobs, but it takes years of service to become permanent employees.  A large number of Nestlé workers

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What does the new Ontario “Eviction Ban” really mean?

Tenants are understandably confused by the latest orders from the province regarding evictions in Ontario.  Yesterday, the Ontario government issued a temporary mandate banning most eviction enforcement during the state of emergency. This order expires in 14 days, at which time it must be renewed. But what does the ban really mean?  Many Ontarians were

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Organized Tenants Stop Eviction

Today organized tenants successfully stopped an eviction from being carried out in Little Portugal. Timbercreek/Hazelview took ownership of the building less than two months ago and while this eviction was started before they bought the building, they now have a clear decision to make: will they try to drag a single mom and her children

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