September 16, 2017
Earlier this year, the Toronto City Council authorized the creation of a new By-Law to govern apartment buildings in Toronto which creates significant new record-keeping and reporting obligations for residential landlords (By-Law 448-2017). The definition of “apartment buildings” is intended to apply to all purpose-built rental properties in Toronto with three (3) or more storeys and ten (10) or more dwelling units available for rent.
The new By-Law requirements include the following highlighted items:
- Registration. Register with the City of Toronto every year. Registration will consist of paying an annual registration fee of $10.60 per unit.
- Tenant Service Requests. Landlords must develop a process for receiving and tracking tenant requests, which includes collecting specific information and providing a copy of the information to the tenant upon request.
- Notification Board. Landlords are required to maintain a notification board in a “central location” of the building and post information.
- State of Good Repair and Capital Plan. Landlords are required to create “a current state of good repair capital plan” and shall make this plan available to the Municipal Licensing and Standards department and to tenants and prospective tenants upon request.
- Waste Management and Cleaning Plans. Landlords are required to develop and implement waste management plans for the property and provide information to tenants about waste pickup and the correct methods for disposing of various materials.
- Pest Management. Landlords are required to inspect all common areas (indoor and outdoor) of the building at least once per month for the presence of pests, and inspect any area within seventy-two (72) hours of receiving any information indicating the presence of pests.
The City of Toronto, through the Municipal Licensing and Standards department, will have the authority to conduct routine site visits and pre-audits of all buildings covered by the By-law to determine whether Landlords are in compliance. The Municipal Licensing and Standards department also has the authority to audit buildings that require further investigation and enforcement, if necessary.
The new By-Law will come into effect on July 1, 2017. It has been reported that the City of Toronto will be inspecting all applicable buildings by the end of 2017.