MPP steps into Cumberland Gardens situation

The Cumberland Gardens rental housing complex at the corner of Yates Avenue and Fifth Street West in Cornwall, Ont. on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022. MPP Jim McDonell has got the ear of the Ontario Rental Housing Enforcement Unit about the mass eviction plan. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – Local MPP Jim McDonell says he’s “reached out” to Ontario’s rental housing enforcement unit to “pass along concerns” about the situation at Cumberland Gardens.

“I want to ensure that tenants are fully informed of their rights. I have spoken to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Rental Housing Enforcement Unit (RHEU) about his issue,” McDonell said in a statement Wednesday.

Up to 100 Cornwall families were given notice last weekend that they have to be out of Cumberland Gardens within four months due to renovations.

But McDonell notes that every tenant has the right to have a hearing before the Landlord and Tenant Board and there has to be an order from the LTB before terminating a tenancy.

“A tenant does not need to move out unless and until an eviction order is issued by an adjudicator,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Roy McMurtry Legal Clinic held a tenant information meeting last night at Legal Hall to advise tenants of their rights.