The new apartment by-law was approved at the March 28 to 30 City Council meeting. The new program takes effect on July 1, 2017 and applies to about 30% of Toronto's residents living in approximately 3,500 apartment buildings across the city.
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.