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housing

271 petitions

Update posted 17 hours ago

Petition to NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, Premier Doug Ford, MPP Bob Bailey, Minister Ross Romano, MPP Stephen Blais, MPP Terence Kernaghan

End Tarion’s new home warranty monopoly NOW: Give Ontarians a choice!

Why has Doug Ford changed his tune since he became premier? Why has he not ended Tarion's monopoly? Could it be that he is now more interested in catering to builders/developers than protecting Ontario's consumers?  Tarion has been studied for decades - the problems are well known. Consumers and the media have reported serious problems with Tarion for decades. Justice Cunningham, who was hired by the Ontario Government in 2015 to conduct an independent review of Tarion, ultimately concluded in 2016 that Tarion basically needs to be dismantled.  Justice Cunningham laid out a comprehensive plan forward, with 37 recommendations, including ending Tarion's monopoly: "...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..." (Tarion Review Final Report, Dec. 16, 2016).   In October 2019 the Auditor General of Canada issued a scathing report following a special audit of Tarion.  Despite the ON PCs committing to end the monopoly before the June 2018 election, unfortunately, then-Minister Thompson announced in 2019 that they were not willing to end Tarion's monopoly after all.  She said that this decision was based on "extensive consultations" by her ministry in 2019.  We asked Minister Thompson for information about those consultations numerous times, but she did not respond.  So, CPBH processed Freedom of Information (FOI) requests, and learned that there were no "extensive" consultations - but the Ford Government did allow some people to provide input.  Indeed, we learned via FOI that the vast majority of those who did provide input said to end the monopoly.  But the Ford Government covered that up and dug in their heels - continuing with the monopoly.   Each month the Ford government is FORCING approximately 5,000 families who purchase newly built homes to also purchase a warranty from the monopoly Tarion - a mandatory warranty that many agree is little to no good. What happened to Ford's slogan "for the people"? It's time for Ontario to catch up to other provinces like Alberta and BC and offer a CHOICE of approved warranty providers!  There is no perfect system, but it remains clear that the multi-warranty provider warranty option is the best model.  Sign this petition to ask Premier Ford 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!

Canadians for Properly Built Homes
2,405 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to City of Eastvale, City of Eastvale City Council, City of Eastvale Planning Commission

Sumner Place Apartments by Stratham Homes: NOT a Good Fit

The proposed project: Stratham Homes is proposing to build 216 High-Density apartments and townhomes in the center of town, at the corner of SUMNER & SCHLEISMAN ROAD. The structures would be 2 & 3 stories in height, and the project would also include a 5,000 sq. ft. retail/restaurant complex on the property.  All in the middle of quiet residential neighborhoods consisting of hundreds of single-family homes. Why Sumner Place is NOT a good fit for this location: There are countless reasons why Sumner Place Eastvale is NOT the right development for the specified area.  We invite you to look into all the specifics and data of the project in the "Initial Study" attached for the negative impacts of this project; not just the beautiful renderings displayed by the builder. The location encompasses one of the most congested intersections in the city along with high rates of accidents.  There are 3 CNUSD Schools less than 1/2 mile from the proposed site; thus, posing a risk to our children as they walk or ride bikes to school.  High-density developments rarely have a realistic amount of adequate parking for tenants; thus, resulting in overflow cars in the adjacent neighborhoods.   Some of the negative impacts of high-density housing in the middle of single-family homes: Increased traffic concentrated in a small area, potentially higher rates of collissions, parking violation occurrences, adverse effects on public safety, and impacts on school capacity.  It has very few, if any, long-term benefits. What you can do: * SIGN this petition and  SHARE with other friends, family, neighbors in Eastvale * EMAIL ALL members of the Eastvale PLANNING COMMISSION & CITY COUNCIL (see email links below) * VISIT https://informedeastvale.com/get-involved * Attend the Planning Commission meeting on Wednesday, June 16th at 6 pm, in person at City Hall City Council & Planning Commission Emails: jyow@eastvaleca.gov, clorimore@eastvaleca.gov, trigby@eastvaleca.gov, cdinco@eastvaleca.gov , bplott@eastvaleca.gov Ahove@eastvaleca.gov, hlaney@eastvaleca.gov, jlee@eastvaleca.gov, kmensen@eastvaleca.gov, mrochelle@eastvaleca.gov For a copy of the INITIAL STUDY / MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION, please click on the link https://www.eastvaleca.gov/home/showpublisheddocument/15240/637545041192630000  

Informed Eastvale
3,457 supporters
Started 6 days ago

Petition to

Retract Rent Increase in Claypond Commons Apartments

Whether you have been a resident here for 5+ years or just moved in 6 months ago, this rent increase Claypond Commons has announced is going to impact us all. Many of us work hard to pay our rent on time and keep our areas in good clean conditions. We have transformed our bare apartments into our own unique living spaces where we have raised children or cultivated friendships with neighbors. Our lives are built around our homes and now we are being forced to re-evaluate everything. Can I afford this new rent price? Is it worth it to stay? If I do decide to leave will I find a place in time that is fairly priced and in good condition? So many hard life changing questions that we all will have to answer.  I am starting this petition because we deserve the basic necessity of reasonably priced housing. In fact, it is our right by law. In the South Carolina Code of Laws Unannotated, Title 27 - Property and Conveyances, Chapter 40, Residential Landlord and Tenant Act Article 9, it states "(e) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) a landlord who rents more than four adjoining dwelling units on the premises may increase rent without there being a presumption of retaliation, provided that the increase applies uniformly to all tenants, or so long as the rent does not exceed the fair-market value.". After reading that I went to RentData.org and looked at what the fair market value is for a two bedroom apartment in our zip code, 29579. I found that the FMV is $1,062. The increase that Claypond Commons is suggesting is $695 above the FMV of this area.  Which means, it is unlawful for them to increase our rent in this capacity. Please stand with me by signing this petition to negotiate a reasonable and fair rent price for our community here at Claypond Commons. Thank you for your support!  

Stephanie Poole
195 supporters
Update posted 7 days ago

Petition to Detroit City Council

Detroiters Need Protection From Eviction- Pass A Right To Counsel Ordinance Now

Detroiters Facing Eviction Deserve A Right To Legal Representation Detroit City Council must act with urgency to pass a Right to Counsel ordinance to protect Detroiters facing eviction! The U. S. Supreme Court has struck down the CDC eviction moratorium. The time has passed for temporary solutions. We must treat housing as a human right, and a right to counsel ordinance is the long-term solution we need. Detroit has a steadily growing eviction crisis that displaces elders and families, increases poverty, disrupts education, exacerbates mental health issues, and causes a vicious cycle of blight and poor housing conditions. The people of Detroit need a long term, systemic solution. When people have legal representation they are more likely to stay in their home.  For instance, in San Francisco eviction filings decreased by 10% between 2018 and 2019 67%of those with a lawyer stayed in their homes. In New York City, 86% of tenants who received right to counsel representation stayed in their homes! Cities throughout the U.S. that have implemented a right to counsel for people facing evictions have successfully and substantially reduced evictions. We know that a right to legal counsel provides due process and access to justice for our most vulnerable community members. We must invest in and protect all Detroiters.    

Detroit Right To Counsel Coalition
555 supporters