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October 11, 2000
Toronto City Council approves new harmonized Property Standards By-law
On October 3, 2000, Toronto City Council approved a new harmonized Property
Standards by-law that will require all properties across the city to comply
with minimum standards for maintenance and occupancy. This initiative
represents one of the many by-laws the City is in the process of harmonizing.
It will assist property owners to manage their holdings by creating a single
set of standards to be applied consistently across City of Toronto. In
addition, the by-law will provide tenants with increased safeguards for their
safety and security.

Some of the major key issues addressed in the by-law include:
  • Requiring that all parts of a building or structure is maintained in sound condition and good repair.
  • Requiring that safety devices be installed on all windows of multi-dwelling units that are located two metres or more above the ground.
  • Requiring that elevators and their parts are kept clean and certified to be in good working order, in good repair and operational.
  • Requiring that all garage doors be equipped with sensing devices to prevent doors from closing on any person, animal or object crossing its path.
  • Requiring that all properties are kept free from pest infestations such as rodents, vermin and insects.
In addition,
Council has passed a fee of $200.00 to offset the administrative costs
associated with processing an application to the Property Standards Committee
for an appeal of order.

The new Property Standards By-law also allows the City to harmonize some of its
services. A team of Municipal Standards officers will be established to
implement a comprehensive, pro-active program for inspecting common areas of
all multi-family rental residential accommodations.

Buildings will be inspected on a predetermined schedule with buildings in need
of work being inspected more frequently, while buildings with a history of
responsible and responsive management will be inspected less frequently.
Inspection schedules for the current program will range from 6 months for
buildings in need of work, to five years for well-maintained, good condition
buildings. It is expected that staffing of this unit will be complete by the
beginning of 2001.

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