The program is part of an audit and enforcement system that creates new standards for how owners operate their building and communicate with their tenants. The existing by-laws that govern how building owners are to maintain their properties still apply. These bylaws include Property Standards, Littering, Dumping and Graffiti.
This new by-law enables the City to impose standards for building owners and operators to: - Ensure tenants are informed of repairs/maintenance that have an impact on their homes - Clearly lay out property owner obligations - Help inform the public and prospective tenants on information concerning a building's maintenance and upkeep
The new requirements apply to rental properties that are three or more stories high and have or 10 or more units.
Some of the new requirements include: - Annual registration with the City, including a $10.60 per unit fee o Fees will be waived for Toronto Community Housing and other social housing providers; however all of the rules still apply - Process for tracking and responding to tenant service requests - Regular inspections by building management in common areas for cleanliness and pests - Developing and making available to Officers, an operational plan for cleaning, waste management and capital planning - New and substantially increased fines for not complying with the by-law
Building owners will be receiving further information about this program shortly, with a public education campaign to follow in the next few months.