On consent, the parties issued a joint statement to be released to the
media which states the following:
TORONTO, March 6, 2013 /CNW/ - A human rights matter was settled today
involving allegations that the respondents required him to pay 12
months rent in advance for his apartment.
"Helrit Investments Inc. and Trevi Construction Limited regret that one
of our tenants believed he had to pay twelve months rent in advance
because he was a newcomer to Canada. We know the law - it is
discriminatory, and illegal under the Residential Tenancies Act," said Dina Krznaric of Helrit. "We do not have any policy in place
that would require such a payment and which would contravene the Human Rights Code.
Mr. Rafiqul Islam had brought a human rights application forward.
Having recently arrived from Bangladesh, he found many landlords had
asked for twelve months rent in advance because he was a newcomer. "I
am glad that I brought this forward and I encourage others to assert
"Discriminating against people as they are starting to build a new life
in this country is most certainly not something our company promotes,"
continued Dina Krznaric of Helrit. "We welcome tenants from all over
the world to our properties, and recognize that recent immigrants have
the full protection of the law. In the spirit of moving forward, we
have committed to create and distribute a policy to all of our
portfolio to clarify the law, and will ensure all staff understand
their obligations under the Human Rights Code," continued Dina
"While we appreciate Helrit's cooperation, this remains a wide-spread
practice in Ontario and one that must be addressed in a larger way,"
said Bruce Best, Counsel for Mr. Islam from the Human Rights Legal
SOURCE: Human Rights Legal Support Centre
For further information:
Jennifer Ramsay, Human Rights Legal Support Centre, 416-597-4958, mobile: 416-522-5931