HPTA Negotiates a Reduction of Minto’s Application for an Above Guideline Rent Increase (AGI)

Summary

In 2015, Minto applied to the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) to increase rents effective January 1, 2016 by 1.75% above the government’s 2.0% guideline amount, for a total increase of 3.75%.

The High Park Tenants’ Association (HPTA) contested Minto’s application. We attended a hearing at the LTB on April 25, 2018 and minutes prior to the hearing, the HPTA and Minto negotiated a settlement to reduce Minto’s proposed above-guideline rent increase from 1.75% to 1.25%.

If you held back rent pending the outcome of this hearing, you will receive a notice from Minto letting you know how much you owe.

If you paid rent based on Minto’s proposed 1.75% above-guideline increase, Minto should credit your account for overpayment of rents since January 1, 2016. If you do not receive a notice of this credit by June, please check with the Minto office.

Please note, Minto applied for another above-guideline rent increase in 2016. The HPTA is also contesting this increase on your behalf.

Background

Each year, the Provincial government publishes guidelines allowing landlords to increase rents by a certain amount.  In 2016, the guideline was 2.0%.

If a landlord has spent money on extraordinary or significant renovations, repairs or replacements to a building it may apply to the Landlord and Tenant Board to recover its costs by increasing rent above the government guideline. In this application, Minto wanted to recover the following costs by increasing rents starting in 2016:

Item Description Invoices
1 Balcony and Railings 1,262,256
2 Pipes and Risers 541,774
3 Masonry Repairs 204,984
4 Lighting 13,769
5 Fire Retrofit 24,476
6 Asphalt Repairs 43,731
7 Security System 26,781
8 Laundry Upgrade 23,956
9 Bike Storage 20,413
10 HVAC Repair 17,378
11 Garage 11,636
12 Garage Shoring 44,992
Total 2,236,146.00

 About Us

The HPTA is a not-for-profit corporation created in the 1980s to advocate for tenants’ rights and quality of life. The HPTA represents tenants in ten towers and two blocks of townhouses in the High Park area and is funded and operated by volunteer tenants.

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