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Tenant defence fund to level playing field for vulnerable Hamilton renters

Hamilton politicians hope a tenant defence fund will level the playing field at the Landlord and Tenant Board.
Hamilton politicians hope a tenant defence fund will level the playing field at the Landlord and Tenant Board. CHML

Hamilton politicians have given preliminary approval to a pilot program that aims to protect vulnerable tenants.

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The emergency and community services committee has voted to establish a “tenant defence fund” to help cover legal costs for eligible tenant groups as they prepare and present a defence against above-guideline rent increases.

Ward 3 Coun. Nrinder Nann is a supporter of the initiative which aims to level the playing field when applications go before the Landlord and Tenant Board.

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Nann says it’s not about pitting landlords and tenants against each other, but rather providing assistance for those facing “the financial burden of a marketplace when it comes to renting that is unfair.”

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The fund is being established with a balance of $50,000 and if eligible, individual tenant groups can apply for grants of up to $1,000 to defray their legal costs.

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