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October 02 2014
Some Loopholes Ain't So Loopy
By: Mike Chopowick
The Post-1991 rent control exemption is one of the only reasons we are now seeing a resurgence in new apartment construction.

September 25 2014
Why Chicago Keeps Renting
By: Mike Chopowick
In Chicago the equation is simple: Less Rent Control = More & Better Rental Housing. Read how FRPO members saw this for themselves.

August 14 2014
A Fix for Ontario's Old Apartment Buildings
By: Mike Chopowick
Above Guideline Increase (AGI) applications are a vital tool to help landlords repair old rental buildings, but they are also rare, with only 296 AGI applications by landlords in 2013, out of the over 15,000 multi-unit apartment buildings across Ontario.

August 01 2014
"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future"
By: Mike Chopowick
Michael J. Fox can teach you a thing or two about bouncing back from a setback.

July 02 2014
It's Becoming Easier to Find an Apartment
By: Mike Chopowick
Despite indications of increased rental demand, supply is keeping up...so far.

June 08 2014
A New Era for Ontario Set to Begin
By Mike Chopowick
Whoever wins the election will have to give Ontario some tough medicine.

May 23 2014
Advice to Ontario: Vancouver's idea to build more rental housing
By: Mike Chopowick
Private sector landlords across Ontario invest $1.8 billion/year to construct new rental housing units, resulting in over 56,000 new private sector rental homes built from 2007 to 2012. Vancouver has an idea than can help Ontario boost new rental supply even further.

May 16 2014
Total Debt
By: Mike Chopowick
Those interested in social justice and helping society's most vulnerable should support debt reduction

May 07 2014
Dead as a Doornail
By: Mike Chopowick
Bill 82 officially died today…and you should be happy about that.

April 30 2014
Landlords soaked by tenants’ unpaid water bills
By: Mike Chopowick
Forcing landlords to pay for their tenants' unpaid water utility bills makes about as much sense as requiring them to eat their tenants' TV, internet and gym membership fees. You can thank Ontario's flawed Municipal Act for this blooper.

April 02 2014
How Cities Rip-Off Renters
By: Mike Chopowick
In other provinces, tenants are taxed fairly, but in Ontario tenants are charged property tax rates that are 2 to 3 times higher than home or condo owners.

March 25 2014
A Job Well Done
By: Mike Chopowick
A simple message of thanks to Housing Minister Linda Jeffrey, who served from February 2013 to March 2014.

January 30 2014
Lessons for Ontario from Boca Raton
By: Mike Chopowick
Developers are willing to build more rental housing, but it won't be affordable as long as governments don't halt the runaway train of development charges and NIMBY-related legal costs.

January 13 2014
Canadian Hustle
By: Mike Chopowick
The contribution by rental housing of $18.3 billion in GDP, 147,000 full time jobs, and $7 billion in annual taxes was not accomplished because of any government support – it was achieved despite the lack of it.

January 07 2014
Rent Control's Race to the Bottom
By Mike Chopowick
The end of 1970's inflation also saw the end of wage and price controls and the Anti-Inflation Board. So, why is Ontario still clinging to rent control?

December 11 2013
Jean Chretien's View of Leadership
By: Mike Chopowick
Who would have expected the son of a sawmill worker and the 18th of 19 children to rule Canada as Prime Minister for over 10 years?

December 04 2013
The New Mayor of Toronto
By: Mike Chopowick
Toronto's Deputy Mayor has recently taken on new powers, effectively making him the leader of Canada's largest city. Here's what we can expect from him.

November 22 2013
"Radical Feminists house Runaway Wives"
By: Mike Chopowick
Unbelievably, that was a newspaper headline when Interval House opened its doors as a shelter for victims of domestic violence in 1973. We've come a long way since then.

For Rent: The Dream of Homeownership

Is buying a home the best way to become financially secure? When you crunch the numbers, a tenant can often become wealthier than a homeowner. Here's how.

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A License to Bill

If I told you that many tenants in Ontario are facing another $400/year tax for the privilege of renting, would you agree that it’s wrong?  Yet, this is exactly what is happening in Ontario right now.

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Can You Put a Price on Saving a Human Life?

Based on the combination of reduction in risk to life and the high cost, mandatory sprinklers are one of the most ineffective ways of reducing preventable fire fatalities.

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The End of Coal Energy in Ontario is a Hollow Victory

The closure of Ontario's last coal power plants might be considered a victory for the environment, until you realize that the world is moving in the opposite direction.

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Add comment October 30 2013 Mike Chopowick

A Plea to New Yorkers


     New York City Mayoralty candidate Bill Del Blasio is promising to freeze rents. For the sake of housing in his great city, I hope he doesn’t. Here’s why.


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