Hundreds of tenants at 1440-1442 Lawrence Ave W have joined the rent strike!

As of October 1, more than 100 tenants at 1440 and 1442 Lawrence Avenue West have joined what is shaping up to be the largest rent strike in Toronto's history. Their landlord, Barney River Investments, has refused to address serious repairs in the building while consistently increasing rents above rent control. 

Enough is enough!

Tenants at have four demands for their landlord Barney River Investments:

  1. Drop all previous AGI applications;
  2. Commit to applying for no more AGIs; and
  3. Immediately bring our building to a state of good repair, including but not limited to: eliminating the bed bug and cockroach infestations, maintaining the garbage chute and addressing repairs inside our units including mold, leaks, broken cupboards and floorboards etc.

For Tenants

If you receive any emails, letters or phone calls from the landlord about why you didn't pay rent, don't be afraid! We are expecting this and it means we're gaining traction.

If you received an email, phone call, or notice about late payment of rent, please forward it or take a picture and send it to [email protected] so we can share with our legal team.

Make sure you save your rent, so you can repay it when the strike is over. Remember, we are stronger together and you are not alone!


For Supporters

Donate to the strike fund: go to in support. Any contribution helps!

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In the Media: 

October 2: Toronto Rent Strike (CBC As it Happens)

October 2: More tenants join the picket line to protest rent hikes (CBC Here and Now)

October 2: Why more buildings in the York South Weston neighbourhood have joined a massive rent strike (CBC Metro Morning)

October 1: Hundreds of Torontonians go on Rent Strike (CBC The National)

October 1: Nearly 500 Tenants from 5 apartment buildings no on rent strike (CTV News)

October 1: North York Tenants Join Hundreds of Tenants striking against Above Guideline Rent Increase (CBC News)

October 1: Two northwest Toronto buildings join York South-Weston Rent Strike (Global News)

October 1: Tenants at two Lawrence Ave W Buildings go on Rent Strike (Toronto Sun)

September 30: Hundreds of Tenants at Two North York Buildings Join Rent Strike (CityNews)


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