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Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Kathleen Wynne, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, PC Leader Patrick Brown, Deputy Premier Deborah Matthews, MPP Vic Dhillon, Minister Tracy MacCharles

End Tarion’s new home warranty monopoly NOW: Give Ontario's new home buyers a choice!

Ontario's Premier Kathleen Wynne said the time for monopolies is over (National Post, Apr. 17, 2015). We think she’s absolutely right! Monopolies are notoriously inefficient and ineffective - the prices are too high and the production is too low - and they can "capture" the political and regulatory processes (CBS Money Watch, Sept. 18, 2014). And now Justice Cunningham has recommended ending Tarion's monopoly as a result of his Tarion Review! "...I am recommending the introduction of a competitive multi-provider model for warranty protection.  Introducing competition should encourage continuous improvement and innovation. This in turn can lead to better consumer outcomes such as enhancements in warranty protection beyond minimum amounts..." (Justice Douglas Cunningham, Tarion Review Final Report, Dec. 16, 2016). But the Wynne Government has not yet accepted Justice Cunningham's recommendation to end Tarion's monopoly.   Tarion is a private corporation created as a monopoly by the Government of Ontario to provide warranty protection to new home buyers and to regulate builders. The legislation was established in 1976 – 41 years ago – and many agree that it has never worked properly. Numerous media reports show that there are many serious problems resulting from the legislation and how Tarion is administering the legislation - and now Justice Cunningham has agreed!  The following summarizes the situation in three other provinces – and then in Ontario: Prov       2015 Housing starts    # of Warr Providers       Avg #        Alberta             37,282                         7                         5,326 BC                    31,446                        5                          6,289 Manitoba          5,501                           5**                      1,100 Ontario             70,156                         1                         70,156  This means that Alberta, BC and Manitoba offer a CHOICE of warranty providers AND, on average, the warranty providers in those provinces have a much more reasonable number of homes to service than Tarion.     Sign this petition to ask Premier Wynne to end Tarion’s monopoly and offer a number of warranty providers in Ontario -- like Justice Cunningham recommended -- and like other Canadian provinces are doing.  It's time for Ontario to catch up! ------------------------------------- * Statistics Canada  **effective 2017

Canadians for Properly Built Homes
1,076 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to City of Prattville Alabama

Save Prattville

Please sign this petition objecting to this development for the reasons below.  Also, please show up at the public hearing on May 1, 2018 at 6pm at City Hall (downtown Prattville).  You will have an opportunity to speak if you are willing. The City of Prattville would like to rezone the area of McQueen Smith to Hwy 82/31.  They presented this as rezoning for housing, but their plan is to rezone with 200 houses (smaller in size than the current neighborhood) and 300 apartments.  Each homeowner's property value will decrease by approximately $25,000 or more. The key to a healthy community is its level of sustainability.  We have to grow everything together to continue the quality of life of our "Preferred" community.  Otherwise, we will make the same mistakes as Montgomery.  We have approximately 25 apartment complexes already.  How many more homes and apartments do we need?   The increase in traffic is a major concern.  McQueen Smith Road desperately needs upgrading.  The traffic in Overlook is another concern.  The school wasn't here when future expansion plans were considered. Opening Jay and Amanda to McQueen Smith is dangerous for children at DPES. Daniel Pratt Elementary School cannot accommodate more children.  Prattville continues to grow but they aren't communicating with the County school system.  Water/sewage and first responders (police, fire, ambulance) are not prepared for the continued growth.  They need time to prepare for future growth. Updates are available at www.SavePrattville.com

Concerned Citizen
388 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to San Diego City Council and Mayor's Office

Implement Rent Control in San Diego

It is time for San Diego to implement rent control to protect its residents’ quality of life.  Renters are experiencing substantial rent hikes that are not consistent with salary increases, and hard-working San Diegans face the stressful situation every year of being forced from their home if they don’t pay exploitative rent increases.  When searching the rental market for a new place to live, people have some ability to compare options and even possibly negotiate with some success.  However, when they are already living in a rental unit and it is up for lease renewal, the landlord clearly has the upper hand.  Not only does the apartment management company have easier access to sometimes proprietary information about the market, but also they can substantially raise the rent because they know the cost and hassle of moving for the tenant can be substantial.  Moving is time consuming, from the housing search, to packing, to hiring movers, and to settling into a new home and sometimes new schools.  In addition, the financial cost of moving can be quite high, it creates an unstable home life, and it can take an emotional toll from being uprooted from one’s own home just because the landlord thinks they can fill it with another renter willing to pay more.  This system creates a lose-lose situation for renters – pay whatever the landlord asks or endure the hardship of a move.  Moreover, the current system discourages renters from making valid complaints for fear of reprisals at lease renewal time in the form of a higher rent hike.  This is not a system that ensures a good quality of life for renters.  Either they must give in to exploitative rent hikes that steal an increasing amount of their income or they must suffer from instability, lost productivity, and stress from moving frequently.  Housing is central to quality of life, and the system is currently favoring landlords over tenants.  The rental market is also reducing the standard of living for San Diego residents.  Over 50% of San Diego households rent housing[1] and they spend 44% of their income on it (compared to 30% for the country).[2]   Rents have increased 25% over the past decade and are expected to increase by 19% in just the next 5 years.[3]  In 2014, rents in San Diego increased 5-6%, the highest rent growth in more than a decade, and 2015 has experienced 9% increases.[4]  Meanwhile, household income is rising only less than 1% a year and has even decreased a total of 6% since 2009.[5]  With some of the most expensive housing in the country (San Diego was recently labeled the least affordable city in America by Realtor.com[6]), buying a home is out of reach for most San Diegans,[7] and renting is the only realistic option.[8]  While San Diegans are hurting, large corporations that own the apartments are winning big.  For example, Essex Property Trust that owns and manages 13 complexes in San Diego saw an annual increase in profit of 7.4% at its properties in 2013, a total profit increase of 14% in 2014 to over $200 million[9], and its top two executives receiving compensation of $3.4 million a year[10] (a 136% increase over the past 4 years).  Similarly, the Irvine Company, which owns and manages 12 complexes in San Diego, has seen recent annual growth of 8.7%,[11] and its Chairman Donald Bren has made $3 billion over the past three years (an increase of 25%)[12], making him the 30th richest American with a net worth of $15.2 billion.[13] Rent control (or “rent stabilization”) is needed to remedy this inequality between landlord and tenant and to protect the majority of San Diego households who are renters.  Rent control laws exist in 15 other cities in California, including the three largest cities in the state besides San Diego – Los Angeles, San Jose, and San Francisco.[14]  Vacant units can still be subject to pure market forces (“vacancy decontrol”), but it is time to protect the renter from exploitative rent increases for their current apartment homes. The San Diego County Apartment Association has used its deep pockets and team of lobbyists to effectively represent the interests of landlords to our local government, and it is time for us, the people of San Diego, to now petition our representatives – the City Council and the Mayor – to pass rent control measures. 10 Facts about Rent Control in California Please fill out our brief survey! Please remain subscribed to Change.org e-mails related to this petition to learn about updates regarding this petition and how we all can ensure that change does indeed happen. Your e-mail and address is not shared with the petition author or recipient.  If you would like to contact our growing San Diego Tenants United movement to get more involved, for media inquiries, or anything else, please email sdtenantsunited@gmail.com. Renters should also fill out our survey and like our Facebook page.  Please share your stories and comments in the section below!  Your full name will only be displayed below if you choose to leave a comment. Other actions you can take include: Write a review (e.g., Yelp) about your rental Talk to your neighbors Share this petition! Contact your representative Understand and stand up for your legal rights as a tenant Footnotes* Cover graph: CBRE Econometric Advisors and RealPage, Sept 2014, http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/sep/18/rents-housing-supply-downtown-units-forrent/#comments-module  [1] http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_13_1YR_B25106&prodType=table[2] http://www.zillow.com/research/q2-2015-rent-mortgage-affordability-10268/  [3] http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/sep/18/rents-housing-supply-downtown-units-forrent/[4] http://timesofsandiego.com/business/2014/12/31/san-diego-rents-rose-average-55-per-month-2014/http://files.zillowstatic.com/research/public/rental/ZRI.San%20Diego.395056.pdfhttp://rebusinessonline.com/demand-for-apartments-grows-in-san-diego/http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2015/aug/15/real-estate-housing-corelogic-zillow-midyear/[5] http://www.kpbs.org/news/2014/sep/18/san-diegans-income-still-below-great-recession-lev/[6] http://www.realtor.com/news/least-affordable-cities/[7] http://www.kpbs.org/news/2015/apr/16/rising-housing-prices-stagnating-wages-are-harming/[8] http://www.voiceofsandiego.org/2015/01/21/the-eternal-question-for-sd-businesses-should-i-pay-or-should-i-go/[9] http://markets.on.nytimes.com/research/stocks/fundamentals/financials.asp?type=is&symbol=ESS[10] http://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/people/person.asp?personId=20594349&ticker=ESS[11] http://biz.yahoo.com/ic/40/40241.html[12] http://www.ocregister.com/articles/bren-645922-county-irvine.html[13] http://www.forbes.com/profile/donald-bren/?list=rtb[14] http://www.dca.ca.gov/publications/landlordbook/appendix2.shtmlhttp://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/Rent_Stabilization_Board/Home/Other_Rent_Control_Jurisdictions.aspx

SD Tenants United
10,275 supporters