Displaced residents of 650 Parliament St. are protesting the landlord’s move to resume charging rent from some of those living in hotels and temporary accommodations across the city.
At a protest planned Thursday evening, tenants will be demanding that management give them at least a 50 per cent break on their rent while they’re still living away from their respective units.
“Tenants should not be paying full rent for smaller units, or for tiny hotel rooms, while dealing with the inconveniences of being displaced,” reads a statement from ACORN-Toronto, an affordable housing advocacy group that’s helping organize the protest.
According to estimates from relocation management office, there are 175 families currently living in hotels across town, 25 families in furnished rooms and 75 families in unfurnished accommodations.
These are the ones expected to pay rent, unless they’re receiving assistance from their insurance companies. Those who found accommodation through family and friends will continue to receive allowances, but will not be asked to pay rent, according to a notice from management.