This week on Instagram, Regent Park rapper Lil Berete shared photos of a cease and desist letter his mother received from the Toronto Community Housing Corporation warning him that filming his music videos on TCHC property may get his family evicted.
The Regent Park housing project is a recurring backdrop for Berete’s videos, including Southside, Northside, Migraines, No Makeup and Real, all of which are mentioned by name and YouTube URL in the letter. His videos are very popular, with some topping over 1 million views.
TCHC communications director Bruce Malloch insists that filming on TCHC property isn’t totally prohibited, but says there are specific stipulations, including filing a formal application to the corporation’s commercial unit and its getting consent.
The most striking requirement in the letter is that filing requires a $5 million insurance policy, which Malloch says “is pretty much standard within the film industry.”