You in all probability do not know his title, however when you reside in Parkdale, you have seemingly seen his face plastered across the neighbourhood.
He is a real estate agent named Nick Brewerton, and he is been dubbed “The Man Who Bought Parkdale” by a campaign launched by an nameless group of tenants.
“We’re calling for an finish to displacement realty — the follow of promoting inexpensive properties at inflated costs which push new landlords into forcing out outdated tenants in an effort to improve rents,” reads the campaign’s web site.
“We would like Nick Brewerton to take his displacement realty enterprise out of Parkdale and every other neighbourhood that faces related shortages in inexpensive housing.”
The tenant group — which declined to talk with CBC Toronto citing privateness issues — can also be calling on the town and province to deliver hire management to vacant residences, stopping landlords from charging no matter they need as soon as a unit is empty and “eradicating the monetary incentive to push poor folks out of their properties.”
Whereas the group is pinning their issues on one real estate agent via cheeky “Nick-Free Zone” door indicators, saying Brewerton alone has helped promote greater than 180 models of inexpensive housing and counting, specialists say “displacement realty” is a widespread downside in usually lower-income neighbourhoods like Parkdale.
28 rooming houses offered over final decade, analysis reveals
“Many of the older homeowners of rooming houses are promoting their properties and the brand new homeowners which are buying these properties on speculative costs are aggressively up-scaling or de-tenanting buildings to hire to increased earnings tenants,” says Joshua Barndt, government director of the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Belief.
The group’s analysis reveals a minimum of 28 rooming houses have been offered off during the last decade, resulting in the loss of models for round 350 folks.
Metropolis council is hoping to curb that, and lately voted to help an progressive pilot challenge that might create a pot of cash to assist a non-profit purchase and renovate a Parkdale rooming home.
Championed by Coun. Gord Perks, the proposal goals to offer $1.5 million in funds accessible in Ward 14, together with different funding sources from different ranges of authorities.
However proper now, neighbourhood tenants say affordability points are getting worse annually.
Mark Wade, who first moved into south Parkdale seven years in the past, mentioned his 15-unit constructing has been offered twice in that point — each instances by Brewerton, whose face Wade acknowledged on one of the brand new campaign’s indicators within the neighbourhood.
Whereas Wade at the moment pays $580 per month for a rent-controlled bachelor pad, different models the place tenants have left are actually going for $1,100.
“Our unit, if it have been to hire out, it might be over double what we’re now paying,” he says.
Warning: the next video from the campaign contains one profane phrase.
Realtor says he is ‘supporter of inexpensive housing’
So how does Brewerton really feel about having his face and title utilized in a campaign about housing affordability?
In an e-mail assertion, the realtor confirmed he is seen the posters, including, “I’m conscious of issues typically about rising rents and am sympathetic to anybody having to maneuver and look for an condominium.”
Brewerton additionally calls himself a “supporter of inexpensive housing” and says his involvement is simply beneath the directions of his shoppers, very like a lawyer.
“Particularly, as a realtor, I’d haven’t any position or means to intervene in any state of affairs of tenants who’re being displaced, as this might be a matter between the owner and the tenants,” he provides.
However the tenants behind the campaign see issues in a different way — that each real estate brokers and consumers contribute to the loss of inexpensive housing.
“The results of these evictions might be actually life and demise for of us who depend on their neighbours, pals, docs and social employees to get by,” the web site reads.