Municipal by-law: Don’t even think that you are a master of your own property!

Chapter 629 – Property Standards

The Property Standards Chapter provides standards of maintenance and occupancy and applies to all properties within the City of Toronto. The Chapter states that all property owners are required to repair and maintain their property in accordance with the standards outlined in the Chapter.

Complaint Protocol for Residential Tenants

Any tenant that wishes to file a complaint with the City regarding the lack of maintenance in his/her dwelling, should first advise the landlord in writing of their concerns. This will allow the landlord the opportunity to address the maintenance issue first. If the concerns are not addressed adequately contact your District Office and an Officer will investigate the complaint.

Noted below are some examples of the standards contained in the Property Standards Chapter:

  • All structures are required to be structurally sound and all exterior walls, roofs and foundations are required to be free of water leaks and painted or otherwise treated or waterproofed
  • The interior and exterior of all buildings must have an adequate level of lighting
  • All interior hallways and stairwells of buildings must be kept clean and free of hazards
  • All heating, plumbing and mechanical systems and elevating devices must be maintained and operational, in good working order
  • All dwelling units must be equipped with a refrigerator, stove, hot and cold running water and proper bathroom facilities
  • All driveways, walkways, ramps and parking areas on private property must be kept clear of accumulations of ice and snow and free from pot holes
  • All land and yards are to be kept clear of inoperative vehicles, lawns and landscaped areas are to be maintained in a reasonable condition

The City of Toronto and the former municipalities that make up the amalgamated City have passed more than 180,000 by-laws. The Toronto Municipal Code is a compilation of by-laws organized by subject. Each chapter is a by-law. For example, Chapter 591 – Noise; or, Chapter 447 – Fences. The Chapters from Toronto Municipal Code are enforced by officers from the Municipal Licensing & Standards Division Investigation Services.

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