Association des locataires de Haddon Hall

Haddon Hall Tenants' Association

HHTA Mission

Chères voisines et chers voisins de Haddon Hall,


Nous sommes heureux de vous annoncer la création comme entité opérante de l’Association des locataires de Haddon Hall (ALHH). La mission de cette association est de favoriser le développement d’une communauté qui veillera au bien-être de tous les locataires.

Au fil des ans, les locataires de Haddon Hall ont traité avec plusieurs différentes administrations, certaines sans reproches alors que d’autres l’étaient bien moins. Les pires étaient identiques dans leur comportement :

  • pénibles, lentes et même irrespectueuses dans leurs communications

  • travaux de qualité inférieure

  • augmentations de loyer discrétionnaires et/ou mal documentées

Le poids des membres de l’ALHH servira de levier pour:

  • obtenir des augmentations de loyer équitables, négociées une fois par année

  • apporter soutien et conseils lors de désaccords entre le locataire et l’administration

Ensemble, nous pourrons optimiser nos droits à la qualité de vie définie par la loi, mieux gérer les questions reliées aux baux, limiter d’éventuelles différends et stimuler l’entraide au sein de notre communauté.

Pour adhérer à l’Association, veuillez compléter le formulaire en ligne https://bit.ly/3nTMH6o et inclure 30$ de frais d’adhésion (un(e) seul(e) membre par appartement).

La cotisation annuelle peut être payée de deux manières :

    • par paiement électronique directement à notre compte Banque Royale : L’Association des locataires de Haddon Hall envoyé à 20HHTA@gmail.com.

    • un chèque à l'ordre de : L'Association des locataires de Haddon Hall, et remis à Robert Ohayon, appartement C14 ou à Gabrielle Bonin, appartement E8.

En tant que membre, vous recevrez ce bulletin régulier et le premier accès aux nouvelles et informations relatives à la communauté que nous construisons.


Dear Haddon Hall Neighbours,

We are pleased to announce the establishment of the Haddon Hall Tenants Association ( HHTA ) . The mission of the Association is to foster the development of a community protecting the welfare of all tenants.

Over the years, Haddon Hall tenants have seen various administrations, some stellar and others lacking. The worst have been similar in their actions :

  • difficult , slow or disrespectful communication

  • contracting inferior quality work

  • arbitrary rent increase with no supporting documentation

The HHTA will use the collective clout of a membership association to lobby for :

  • fair rent increases for tenants with a yearly negotiation

  • offer support and advice in cases of tenancy disputes

Acting as a collective, we can maximize our right to the quality of life as defined by the law, better handle individual and collective lease issues, and grow together as a supportive community.

To join the HHTA, please complete the online survey at https://bit.ly/3nTMH6o. and pay an annual fee of $30 per household.

The annual fee can be paid in two ways:

    • by electronic payment directly to our Royal Bank account: L’Association des locataires de Haddon Hall sent to 20HHTA@gmail.com.

    • a check made out to: L’Association des locataires de Haddon Hall, and deliver to Robert Ohayon, apartment C14 or Gabrielle Bonin, apartment E8.

As a member, you will receive this regular newsletter and first access to the news and information related to the community we are building.

Response to Minto 2022 Annual Rent Increases

Haddon Hall Neighbours:

The newly formed Haddon Hall Tenants' Association (HHTA) would like to inform you of your rights concerning Minto's rent increases. The increases run between 0.9% to 3.5%.

Based on the Tribunal administrative du logement (ex- Régie des loyers) recommendations, a 1.9% for our type of building heated with gas is reasonable. Some of the reasons cited for the higher increases have been property taxes and insurance costs. Know that these costs are included in the 1.9%.

If you wish to contest the increase the procedure is as follows:

1. Immediately inform the Minto administration in writing that you do not consent to the increase and propose your offer.

2. If desired, arrange for an appointment with the administration to have a face-to-face negotiation.

3. If you are still in disagreement with the raise it is Minto who must take the tenant to the TAL for arbitration.


In the future the HHTA will try to negotiate a yearly increase for its members. If you would like to join the HHTA, see the attachment below with the mission statement and registration form.

If you would like to speak directly to someone, please contact us at info@hhta.org.


Bonjour voisins de Haddon Hall,

La nouvelle Association des locataires de Haddon Hall (ALHH) aimerait vous informer sur vos droits au sujet des augmentations de loyer proposées par Minto. Les augmentations varient de 0.9% à 3.5%.

D'après les recommandations du Tribunal administratif du logement (ex- Régie des loyers), un 1,9 % pour notre type de bâtiment chauffé au gaz est raisonnable. Les arguments avancés sont l’augmentation des taxes foncières et des assurances. Ces frais sont déjà inclus dans le 1.9%.

Voici la procédure à suivre si vous désirez contester votre augmentation :


1. Informez immédiatement, par écrit l’administration que vous refusez cette augmentation et faîtes une contre-proposition.

2. Sinon, prenez rendez-vous avec l’administration pour une négociation en personne.

3. Si vous n’acceptez toujours pas l’augmentation, c’est à Minto de faire une demande d’arbitrage au TAL.

Au nom du groupe l’ALHH essaiera de négocier un taux d’augmentation annuel pour tous les locataires. Si vous désirez devenir membre de l’association (ALHH) veuillez consulter le document ci-dessous et remplir le formulaire d’adhésion. Si vous souhaitez parler directement à quelqu’un, veuillez nous contacter à info@hhta.org.


Dites-nous comment vous souhaitez participer !


Information links

Other Minto REIT tenants' groups / Autres groupes de locataires de la Minto REIT

Corporate Landlords: What is a REIT? / Sociétés Propriétaires: Qu'est-ce qu'une REIT ?


Haddon Hall Tenants Association

April 11 2022 Meeting Notes / 11 avril 2022 Notes de la réunion


Zoom Meeting was called to order at 7:15 pm on 11 April 2022.

Instructions for meeting using zoom were provided.

Interim board members Robert Ohayon, Gabrielle Bonin, Mitchell Davey, Linda Bujold gave a few introductory remarks about themselves.

John Hall, Michelle Leveque, Diana Nicholson have also served as interim board members during development, but not present at the start of the meeting.

Gabrielle Bonin spoke on objectives of association:


  • Build a sense of community,

  • Share common interests and challenges,

  • Support collective tenants’ rights,

  • Grow in numbers and create safe and connected community, and

  • Connect with other associations of Minto tenants


Robert Ohayon indicated that this is a meeting for all tenants, not just interim board.

We will begin regular correspondence for tenants as of this meeting. He gave the charge to create a formal, term-serving board accordingly, with volunteers to support the association. The need is for each building to be represented with volunteers.

Gabrielle Bonin added that the board has a small and structured legal purpose and has a limited membership. We need active volunteers for each building to assure the association functions.

Robert Ohayon covered membership, membership cost ($30 per household per year) and value of the commitment to the health of the association. He made remarks on recruitment. The first step is to talk to our neighbors about the value of membership.

Membership Growth


After the first wave of recruitment only one third of the Haddon Hall tenants are members of the Association. We have set up the following plan (dates will be addressed later).

  • First phase: e-mail the initial invitation letter and the survey to our contact current list. Meanwhile, current members will recruit by talking to neighbors.

  • Second phase: e-mail contact with non-responders to the First Phase e-mailing.

  • Third phase: door to door recruitment focusing on non-responders of the First and Second Phases and tenants who are not on current contact lists.

Question and comments session

  • Has the previous survey yielded any special talents and interests to help the association besides being on the board? Under review and some prospects. Dawn will share with the board. Possible Board candidates (Natalie MacDougall , Joyce Borenstein, and Beverley Caplan) were recognized and will be considered at a future date. We must recruit members and volunteers from the Lincoln Ave buildings


  • How will we address rent increases? Why might our rent increases require tenants to pay more than other buildings? Any attempt to negotiate a single percentage for all tenants? What is the percentage of rent increase for this year? How can we make all tenants more aware of how we negotiate rent increases?


TAL indicates 1.4% (later corrected to 1.9%). Valid increases are related to infrastructure costs and energy costs, but not necessarily by property tax and insurance costs. Recently renovated apartments should already reflect increases. Taxes were frozen in 2021.

Tips and advises on negotiating 2022 rent increases:

1. It’s understood that one is not asking for any improvement such as installing washing machine & dryer, or repainting the apartment i.e. improvements of the apartment as opposed to maintenance.

2. If the increase is not in agreement with the 1.9% increase TAL suggests for our type of buildings heated with gas, notify Minto’s Management immediately in writing and make a proposal of how much you want to pay.

3. Ask for a face-to-face rent-increase negotiation meeting with Minto’s Management. Set your limits to what increase you wish.

4. If the negotiation doesn’t come to a favorable conclusion, let Minto take you to the TAL. You are not required to take Minto to the TAL. They must agree with you or take you to the TAL.

5. Keep the Association posted on any new development so we may share relevant information or take action. In the future, the Association will try to negotiate a set rent-increase for all the tenants. Meanwhile, we advised a few tenants on how to handle their current rent-increase.


  • Recognize that tenants have been traumatized and frightened by Minto’s actions in the last two years. Affirmed.


  • Where are dues spent? Finances will be reported in association communications.


  • What is the red tape on the sides of the building? Sampling of weak parts of the building surface for repair. Last brickwork was done in 1989.


  • Next Steps? Finalise the Board of Directors, Assign tasks and responsibilities to each member. Finalize the list of building representative. Finalize recruitment plan with each building assigned a representative.


Robert Ohayon indicated notes will be published and Byron confirmed the recording and posting of the meeting on the association YouTube video library if needed. (The meeting was conducted in English).

Next board and general meeting will be in June. Meeting was closed at 8:35 pm

Interim Board of Directors:

Robert Ohayon

Gabrielle Bonin-Haskins

Mitchell Davey

Linda-Lucy Bujold

Resource Volunteers

Joyce Borenstein

Beverley Caplan

Robert Cumming

Byron Haskins

Dawn Kenny

Michèle Levesque

Natalie MacDougall

Diana Thébaud-Nicholson

Winnie Wong

For all inquiries email info@hhta.org

Our new website is coming up soon: www.hhta.org