45% of Windsor renters paying too much income toward housing, say advocates
30 percent of income is considered the affordability threshold, no matter if you rent or own
More and more of renters’ incomes are going toward their rent in Windsor, meaning there is less left over for savings and everyday expenses.
That’s according to Ken Hale, a lawyer and director of legal services for the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO).
Ontario has Canada’s highest proportion of renters paying more than 30 per cent of their income on housing, according to an ACTO report. In Windsor, that measure is particularly high.
About 45 per cent of renters in Windsor are paying too much of their income toward their rent, said Hale.
“Windsor has lower rents than many places in the province but, still, the proportion of people paying more than 30 per cent is still very high,” said Hale.
Another problem is there are no regulations on rental prices between tenants. That means landlords can hike the price as much as they want once someone decides to leave the unit.
“We allow landlords to increase the rent to whatever they can get away with in between tenants,” said Hale, adding there’s an incentive to mistreat tenants to force them out, so rents can rise after the people leave.