As you know, the City has been exploring ways to improve the quality of our rental housing stock, home to half of Toronto’s residents.
In December Council directed staff in the Municipal Licensing and Standards Department (MLS) to draft a regulatory bylaw for apartment building owners, and their recommendations are coming to the City’s Licensing and Standards committee, for consideration. The staff report outlines the by-law in principle, and recommendations include requiring building owners to register with the City of Toronto and pay applicable fees. The proposal also suggests further requirements, including a cleaning plan, a waste management plan, and a procedure to receive and track service requests.
This report is an important step (not the last) towards our goal to improve the quality of rental apartment buildings in the city and to hold landlords more accountable to keep their buildings in a state of good repair and cleanliness. I encourage you to have your say on this important issue by submitting comments, or requesting to speaking in person at the City committee . You can find the meeting details below and please feel free to contact my office if you have any questions.
Licensing and Standards Committee
Monday March 6, 2017
Committee Room 1
City Hall, 100 Queen Street West, 2nd Floor
It would be great to see a good showing of tenants from Ward 31. Your voices will make a difference. I hope to see you there!