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Petition to NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, Premier Doug Ford, MPP Bob Bailey, Minister Lisa Thompson

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. Numerous media reports show that there are many serious problems resulting from the legislation and how Tarion is administering the legislation.  Unfortunately, on Feb. 20, 2019, Minister Walker announced that his government needs up to another 9 or 10 months to make a decision on whether to end Tarion's monopoly. This was such a disappointment! As the Ford government stalls, 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"? Justice Cunningham, who was hired by the Ontario Government to conduct an independent review of Tarion, ultimately concluded 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).   It's time for Ontario to catch up to other provinces like Alberta, BC and Manitoba and offer a CHOICE of warranty providers! 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
1,723 supporters
This petition won 3 weeks ago

Petition to Richmond CA City Council

Oppose Richmond's TOPA Ordinance!

ATTENTION ALL RICHMOND RENTAL PROPERTY OWNERS, HOMEOWNERS, AND CONCERNED RESIDENTS Be aware of the legislation your elected officials are looking to push forward! Richmond's city council has recently voted to develop and pursue a Tenant's Opportunity to Purchase (TOPA) ordinance. Its proponents say TOPA is another "tool" to protect low income tenants from displacement by granting them first right of refusal to negotiate a purchase with the owner prior to the building hitting the open market. However this is far from the innocent, well-meaning ordinance it’s being advertised as. The 14 page proposal presented by the council would be the biggest violation of private property rights we've seen. Richmond has already adopted what is arguably the strictest rent control ordinance in the state. Now the council proposes to push the limit even further: Not only does Richmond want to control rents, this ordinance aims to control how owners are able to sell their property, to whom they can sell, and control the PRICE owners can sell their property for. Hundreds of small time owners have already been crippled by the regressive nature of Measure L, forcing many to sell due to fear and financial duress. Homeowners who had hoped to rent their homes for retirement income or while they worked out-of-state now realize they can no longer reclaim their homes without paying large owner move-in fees and possibly incurring large legal fees if challenged. Now this ordinance attempts to punish all property owners even further, at the expense of our city's future and for the gain of third party special interest groups. A brief summary of the proposed ordinance is listed below: -Allows for the sales price of the property offered to tenant(s) or their third-party assignees to be set by the City through a "city trained" appraiser. -Prevents a property from going on the market for sale until every renter waives his or her rights in writing, creating lengthy, unpredictable time periods in which a sale, or lack thereof, can be controlled by the tenant or the tenant's third-party assignees. -Any property purchased through this ordinance would then grant the city the power to convert purchased properties to "permanently affordable" standards by controlling its future renters, rent levels, and allowable property value for 99 years. -Allows tenants to transfer these rights to a third party "non-profit" organization or tenants group for each potential sale of property, enabling these "non-profits" to acquire discounted property, then gain the benefits, regulation exemptions, and tax benefits not available to the private sector.  -Third-party assignees are afforded a potential exemption from these permanently affordable housing requirements. -Any owner who is found in violation of the regulatory process could be fined $1000/per day per unit. -Owners may not be able to exit the rental business and use their property for other purposes without first offering the building for sale to tenants. -Applies to any size building including single-family residences. This ordinance is not a progressive way to promote ownership opportunities for existing tenants. There is currently no law that prevents nor discourages a sale between tenant and owner. Richmond has existing organizations that offer financial education and help facilitate home ownership for low-income residents. This proposal is simply a blatant attempt to facilitate the seizure of private property through a coercive set of regulations. We can not let this action by the city council fly under the radar. It is imperative we tell the Richmond city council, in as many ways as possible, that we completely oppose this proposed ordinance including by signing this petition. [Note: No need to give money to change.org for promotion; please just share the link] Click HERE for a copy of the TOPA ordinance as well as email info to contact council directly www.aurhp.org

Association of United Richmond Housing Providers
970 supporters
Update posted 1 month 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
11,135 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Oluwatobi Thomas, Sheila Miller, Todd Lee, Tyrone Garrett, Bandele McQueen, Tsega Bekele, John Falcicchio, Polly Donaldson, Trayon White, Drew Hubbard, Angie Rogers, Christopher Donald, Mayor Muriel Bowser

Help the residents of Cascade Park improve conditions of 132 units of affordable housing!

Soon the Executive Office of the District of Columbia will weigh its options to fund certain projects out of its $130M housing fund using Federal and local resources. We need to ensure that The Residents of Cascade Park Apartments in the great Ward 8 are a priority. We have some critical needs to address and this is your chance to help longstanding, multi-generational families afford to continue living a decent quality of life in The District. A property assessment has identified the place we call home being in need of urgent action to correct hazardous physical and environmental conditions.  The improvements require a significant capital investment.  We need your support to secure the resources necessary to complete these improvements AND keeping rents affordable. We will benefit tremendously by receiving HPTF funding to do the following: 1. Preserve 132 family sized units of Affordable housing to meet the housing needs for low income District residents 2. Invest in Cascade Park apartments through stabilization, rehabilitation, improvement and modernization through capital repairs. 3. Create job opportunities: temporary (construction) and permanent (property management). 4. Assist the property owners in their desire to address the critical condition needs of an aging property to provide adequate living conditions including, consistent hot water with plumbing upgrades, reliable heating in cold winter months through HVAC upgrades, utility bill relief in a rising cost of living economy and ending the pest infestation. In the DMPEDs Closer July 2019 edition the Mayor of the District of Columbia said  “As we continue to build more housing, especially more affordable housing, we must also be strategic in preserving the affordable homes our families already live in – that’s what the Housing Preservation Fund allows us to do. Today, we’re highlighting the preservation of more than 1,000 homes, but what we’re really celebrating are the families and residents who are now able to stay in our city because these homes will remain affordable,” We couldn’t agree more! We don’t want to be the last, the least and the left out. Please sign our campaign today!  

Residents of Cascade Park
170 supporters