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January 16, 2004
Rental housing temperatures in Toronto must be at least 21 C
During this extreme cold weather, Toronto Municipal Licensing and Standards
wants to remind tenants that the air temperature in rental housing must be at
least 21°C. "No tenant should be without adequate heat at this time of the
year," says Pam Coburn, Executive Director of Municipal Licensing and
Standards. "We have arranged to have staff on call this weekend to investigate
complaints and assist in emergency situations. If you do not have adequate
heat, contact 416-392-7149 from 5 p.m., Friday, January 16 to 8 a.m., Monday,
January 19."

If your rental unit is cold, tenants are reminded to first check the
  • That windows and doors close properly
  • That windows and doors are sealed to stop drafts
  • That the furnace has electrical power
  • That furniture does not block the flow of air from baseboard heaters or registers
If your home is still too cold, speak to your landlord or
building manager. If these measures do not prove successful, tenants can call
the above number this weekend.

Complaints about adequate heat during regular business hours can be made
through local Municipal Licensing and Standards offices:

East District
Scarborough Civic Centre
150 Borough Dr., 2nd fl
Tel: 416-396-7071
Fax: 416-396-4266

North District
North York Civic Centre
5100 Yonge St., 2nd fl.
Tel: 416-395-7011
Fax: 416-395-7056

West District
2 Civic Centre Court, 4th fl.
Tel: 416-394-2535
Fax: 416-394-2904

South District
West Satellite Office
2238 Dundas St. W.
Tel: 416-392-0855
Fax: 416-392-0384

East Satellite Office
433 Eastern Ave.
Tel: 416-392-0827
Fax: 416-392-0385

North Satellite Office
666 Eglinton Ave. W.
Tel: 416-392-6940
Fax: 416-392-0386

Media contact:
Pam Coburn
Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, Urban Development



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