Thorncliffe tenants watch Parkdale rent strike action

A rent strike starting May 1 by Parkdale tenants of MetCap Management is no doubt being watched carefully in Thorncliffe Park, Flemingdon Park and other high rental neighbourhoods across the City. MetCap has threatened to evict tenants if they don’t pay their rent, including the increase. As issue are increases in rent justified by so-called Above Guideline Increase (AGI). These are rent increases for authorized improvements which permit a landlord to raise rents above the rent control guidelines in order to cover the cost. Many tenants see AGI applications as a pretext to raise rents. MetCap manages 19 apartment buildings in Parkdale and five are facing rent increases. Tenants are demanding MetCap withdraw all pending AGI applications in Parkdale, stop the practice of applying for AGIs in Parkdale and resolve all outstanding maintenance issues. Tenant rent strike threat against MetCap could boomerang