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Evictions up 45% since '92

Toronto Sun - May 16, 2000
by Scott Magnish

More Torontonians are being evicted than ever before, documents show.

Landlords filed 25,968 applications to terminate tenancy in 1999, according to a report to be tabled Thursday. That's up 45% from 1992, when just 17,914 applications were filed.

"These numbers are unconscionable," said Councillor Michael Walker.

"They should be sending a clear signal to all levels of government that something's wrong."

The report also shows an increase in the use of sheriffs to turf tenants.

The report blames the increase in evictions on the province's decision to replace the Rent Control Act with the Tenant Protection Act -- a move that has seen rents increase by as much as 7% since 1998.

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