- FAIRTAXFAIRRENT.CA CAMPAIGN EXPOSES UNIQUE HIDDEN TENANT TAX IN SOME ONTARIO MUNICIPALITIES The Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario (FRPO) wants Ontario's cities, including London, Toronto, Windsor and Hamilton, to stop the taxing of tenants at two to three times more than homeowners.
- Greening Together Gives More Reasons to Rent With Confidence FRPO's New Environmental Operating Standards Offers Renters the Opportunity to Play an Active Role in Promoting a Greener Living Environment in their Apartment Community
- Canada’s Largest Multi-Unit Food Drive on April 8th Rental housing owners, managers and residents will start collecting 500,000 lbs of food for the 2014 Spring H.O.P.E. (Housing Owners & People Everywhere) food drive on Tuesday, April 8, 2014.
Some of our benefits include
- Free Legal Information
- Credit Check Discounts
- Appliance Discount Replacement Program
- Forms and Leases
The focus of efforts over the past year was to strengthen the program’s risk management practices, continuously improve on the program’s Standards of Practice, and to continue to build awareness with Ontario landlords and rental housing consumers. A new Random Audit program was introduced and 53 successful random audits were conducted over the year. Two new Standards of Practice were introduced and seven current ones were upgraded to reflect increased requirements. Five public launches of the program and 14 member-only launches were conducted garnering excellent media coverage and profile for the CRB program and the respective members.
The past year was a busy one, as members reviewed and gave their final approval to over 400 buildings to receive official “certification” status. In addition, the committee reviewed 51 tenant inquiries and the action taken by participating members to ensure that stakeholder interests were being properly maintained and upheld. The committee also provided valued input on the audit reporting process and the development of the new Random Audit Program
The Executive Committee is responsible for managing activity and providing strategic direction at FRPO between Board of Directors meetings. Members have continued to make key policy decisions regarding financial statements and to monitor the activities of FRPO committees.
The Finance Committee directs FRPO’s financial management. Continuing to uphold strong financial accountability for FRPO, the Committee meets regularly and privately with the accountants, the Board of Directors, and with FRPO management, to review accounting, auditing, internal controls, financial reporting matters. FRPO’s annual audit is based on an examination conducted in accordance with generally accepted accounting standards, and includes a review of the internal control structure, as well as tests of accounting procedures and records.
Landlord and Tenant Committee
The Landlord and Tenant Committee addresses matters related to the security of tenure and other landlord and tenant relationship issues. The committee makes recommendations to FRPO’s Board of Directors on policies related to tenancy procedures, as well as the quality and fairness of the adjudication system that resolves landlord-tenant disputes. The committee played a valuable role to FRPO members through review of the Landlord Tenant Board’s new forms, brochures, rules and guidelines.
Legislation and Regulations Committee
The Legislation and Regulations Committee proactively monitors and responds to legislative issues that impact our industry beyond the scope of residential tenancy legislation. Key issues addressed by this committee include those related to labour law and workplace safety, real estate transaction law, fire and building code regulations, crime and security and the legal liability of landlords, and responding to any provincial private members’ bills that impact the rental housing sector.
Membership and Member Services
The Membership and Member Services Committee pursues and develops additional member programs and services to help property owners and managers improve their buildings and businesses. Overall, these benefits included an ongoing program of education seminars, social events, and membership information sessions. Especially successful were the 2010 FRPO Golf Classic, which raised over $26,000 for the Interval House shelter, and the Annual Awards Gala, which last year attracted a record number of award nominations and attendees. Over 2010 the committee helped FRPO deliver a series of education seminars on social, bed bug prevention, energy efficiency, debt collection and FRPO’s first Investment Forum.
The committee developed an overall strategy for achieving government relations progress on key industry issues. The committee developed critical input on FRPO’s plan to publicly address challenges related to the newly implemented harmonized sales tax (HST), the eviction process and rent control. The committee worked to ensure our industry’s message is being properly and effectively conveyed to government, the media and the public.
Public Relations Committee
FRPO’s Public Relations Committee is responsible for developing a comprehensive strategy for improving and enhancing the overall image of the FRPO as an industry association, promoting the positive aspects of Ontario’s private rental housing sector and building credibility and strength of the industry and our members. This year the committee developed and launched a post-secondary scholarship (the Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario Scholarship) in partnership with Humber College.
Regional Association Committee
The Regional Associations Committee continued to meet regularly to exchange information from the various regions of the province. As a province-wide organization, FRPO is committed to providing up-to-date information to local members across Ontario on the priorities and activities of our association. In addition, the Regional Committee creates an open forum for associations to provide the Committee with feedback and updates at a local level. The information exchange through the Committee assists FRPO in developing its policy positions and responses to issues as they arise throughout the year. The meetings also provide opportunities for local associations to offer advice, support and assistance to one another in addressing common concerns and challenges in the industry.
Rent Control Committee
The Rent Control Committee helps FRPO develop policies that promote the benefits of free-market rental-housing for Ontario. Together with the Landlord and Tenant Committee, the Rent Control Committee provides comment and input on Landlord Tenant Board procedures, as well as on any Residential Tenancy Act provisions related to rent regulation and rules. Over the years, this committee has worked tirelessly to advocate for rent regulation policies that promote a healthy rental market.
The Utilities Committee assists FRPO in addressing the increasing importance of issues related to electricity, gas, water, waste management services and any other matter impacting energy conservation and environmental sustainability in our industry. The Committee has advocated for workable suite metering legislation, practical Ontario Energy Board policies, and an energy conservation program for rental housing. The committee also developed and launched the FRPO appliance replacement program, which has helped members replace over 20,000 old appliances with new energy efficient models since 2008.
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