Healthy Homes, Safe Buildings, Toronto

Raise Apartment Building Standards in Toronto

Dear Mayor Tory,

Two years ago, Toronto Council passed a well-intentioned bylaw to protect tenants. While the bylaw was a positive improvement in the legislative framework, the recent fire, flooding and lack of hot water in apartments on Parliament, Pell and Wellesley call into question the efficacy of this bylaw.

This petition calls for improved enforcement of Chapter 354, Apartment Buildings of the Toronto Municipal Code by mandating qualified professional audits and reports which will help make apartment buildings safer for Toronto’s tenants. The purpose of the professional audits and reports is to prevent risks to the public such as fires, flooding, resulting in power outages, and buildings with no hot water or heating, which have left tenants without a home.

The petition also seeks to raise the oversight in apartment buildings by requiring property managers to be licenced similarly to provisions under the Condominium Act.

Yours truly,

José Vera, P. Eng.

Toronto, ON

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