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Common Tenant Problems - Heat

This section is for renters to discuss issues regarding Heat in your apartment.

For apartments in Toronto where the landlord controls the heat, the City of Toronto Municipal Code requires your landlord to provide a minimum temperature of 21 degrees Celsius in all areas of your apartment, between September 15 and June 1.  You can read the bylaw here (see section “497-1.2. Minimum temperature.”):  Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 497

If your landlord breaks this rule, then you can call the city at 311 and file a complaint.  Generally the city takes complaints about the heat seriously, and they have the legal authority to compel your landlord to respect this bylaw and to provide heat.

Note that other jurisdictions within Ontario have different heat bylaws, for more information see FAQ Question 7 at the Ontario Tenants Rights website: My apartment is too cold. What heating must the landlord provide?

In addition to this forum there are some terrific information resources available on this topic:

• From The City of Toronto, Bylaw enforcement - Low or No Heat/Other Vital Services in Rental Units

• From the Federation of Metro Tenants' Associations, Heat/vital services

Author Topic: No more heat at 16 St Joseph as boiler not being repaired  (Read 448 times)

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No more heat at 16 St Joseph as boiler not being repaired
« on: March 06, 2024, 02:02:47 pm »
Akelius owned 16 St Joseph St boiler broke down March 2nd due to negligent maintenance over the last few years, and landlord is not going to fix it, claiming that parts are custom made and hard to find and that someone assessed the situation and said the boiler was done.  The new HVAC system which was supposed to be ready by the fall of 2023, still has not been activated, due to Toronto Hydro being slow on inspection.   I assume a billion dollar foreign owned corporation like Akelius should be aware of timelines for projects and obstacles that need to be faced, to not create such situations. It appears there will be no heat in the building for at least a month or two. Shocked by this.  We are living in a "modern" city in 2024.   No one is showing genuine care for the well being of the residents (aside from a wee rebate for using more hydro from space heaters). I have the letter, but unable to attach.


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