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Rent Control-pro The Detrimental Effects in Changing the Rent Control ActIn a just society the ruling authority must decide what is right whenallocating wealth to its individual citizens The same ruling authority does this byintervening with the inner workings of a marketplace to uphold its fundamental valuesand ideals The aim of government intervention is to create a just society that willreflect the people s values Governing bodies do this by establishing laws that enforcefairness or equity The Ontario government passed the Rent Control Act in 1975 Thelaw levels the playing field between landlords and tenants New units are exempt fromcontrols for their first five years after which the controls are put into place Thecontrols put a ceiling on annual rent increases Under current law a landlord may onlyincrease a tenants rent by 2 plus inflation1 As with all other markets the housingmarket is based on supply and demand If the nature of the market were allowed to takeits course then the price of housing would become unaffordable for most citizens Anunfair situation would be created where power and money would be disproportionatelyappropriated to land owners Rent control laws were established by previous governmentsto protect society and its people from inflated and uncontrollable housing costs TheHarris government now wants to repeal these laws On June 25 the Minister of HousingAl Leach released a policy paper outlining the changes that are to be made to Ontario srent laws Conservative legislators plan to pass the proposed Tenant Protection Act in the fall The omnibus legislation will rescind the Rent Control Act the Landlordand Tenant Act the Rental Housing Protection Act Residents Rights Act the Land LeaseStatute Amendment Act the Vital Services Act2 The most objectionable change allowsthe act to lift controls off vacant units The 32 million renters in Ontario are veryconcerned about the changes3 The housing ministry will accept written submissionsfrom the public until August 30 Public hearings are also planned in hope
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