Who will win the Election? It all hangs in the “balance”

By Mike Chopowick, October 18, 2015. 7:13pm   If you’re reading this, it’s likely too late. The polls for the Canada’s 42nd federal election open in about 14 hours. It will all be over in about 24 hours. Who will win? The ruling Conservatives? Or their Liberal challengers? If you are concerned about the future… Read More

Ontario’s Rent Rules: Where’s the Sense?

If the province made more sense of its rent rules, we’d see more rental housing built By Mike Chopowick, October 28, 2015 At over 350 pages, Ontario’s Residential Tenancies Act and its regulations is the most complicated landlord-tenant law in North America. Within this law are an excessively complicated set of rules on price regulation that would… Read More

The Rent is Too Damn High (and city taxes are to blame)

One year after last year’s municipal election, tenants still bilked by $1,000/year in unfair taxes By Mike Chopowick, October 15, 2015   Exactly a year ago, we heard many municipal candidates campaign for “lower rent”, “affordable housing” and “protecting tenants”. This is what you didn’t hear: Cities actually cause higher rents for tenants. Many city… Read More

I Thought the Sheriff (would be here by now)

By Mike Chopowick, October 5, 2015 (@mchopowick)   Imagine if you phoned the police for help to enforce the law. Now, imagine if the police said, “We’ll be there in eleven days…maybe longer if we’re busy”. This is what landlords in Ontario experience when they seek the required services of the Sheriff to enforce simple… Read More