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January 17, 2005
Rental housing to be at least 21C
Toronto Municipal Licensing and Standards reminds landlords that the air
temperature in rental housing must be at least 21 degrees Celsius.

"No tenant should be without adequate heat at this time of year," said Pam
Coburn, Executive Director of the Municipal Licensing and Standards Division,
Urban Development Services. "During this extreme cold weather, we have arranged
to have staff on call in order to investigate complaints and assist in
emergency situations."

If a rental unit is cold, tenants should first check that:
  • windows and doors close properly
  • windows and doors are sealed to stop drafts
  • the furnace has electrical power
  • furniture is not blocking the flow of air from baseboard heaters or registers.

If a home is still too cold, tenants should speak to their landlord or building

If these measures are not successful, tenants can call Access Toronto at
416-338-0338 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. After hours call

Media contact:
Pam Coburn, Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, 416-397-4638



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