Property Standards Bylaw sets the standards for all properties in Toronto. All property owners are required to repair and maintain their property including owners of properties that are rented out.

Some more common standards include:

Air Conditioning If your property has air conditioning, the landlord is responsible for providing air conditioning to a residential dwelling that is rented or leased, to a maximum air temperature of 26 degrees from June 2 to September 14. Chapter 629, Section 29
Washroom/Water Facilities Every rental unit must have at least one toilet, one wash basin, one kitchen sink and one bathtub or shower. Chapter 629, Section 37
Doors, Passageways and Exits Maintenance Doors, passageways and exits must be free from hazardous conditions and obstructions. Chapter 629, Section 28
Hot Water There must be an adequate supply of hot water with a temperature ranging from 45 degrees to 60 degrees Celsius. Chapter 629, Section 37
Pests All properties have to be kept free of pests, including rodents and insects. Chapter 629, Section 9
Property Cleanliness All parts of a property, including the yard must be kept clean and free from accumulations of litter, brush or garbage, and any conditions that are health or fire hazards. Chapter 629, Section 10 B
Room Size Minimums Each room must have at least nine square metres of floor area for each person.  Minimum height is 1.95 metres over at least half of the floor area. Chapter 629, Section 25
Snow Clearing Steps, landings, walks, driveways, parking spaces and ramps have to be cleared of snow and ice within 24 hours of a snowfall to provide safe access for people and vehicles. Chapter 629, Section 23
Ventilation There has to be adequate ventilation in all areas of a building.  Every ventilation system or unit must be regularly cleaned, kept in good repair and maintained in good working condition. Chapter 629, Section 39
Stairs and Handrails All stairs, verandas, porches, decks, loading docks, ramps, balconies, fire escapes and other similar structures and all treads, risers, guards, handrails, and supports have to be kept in a safe, clean, sanitary condition and in good repair. Chapter 629, Section 19A

 

If you have concerns about your rental unit, speak to your landlord or property manager. If this issue is not resolved in a timely manner, contact 311.

Condominiums

If the condo unit is owner-occupied, the City will not investigate a complaint about the condition of that unit.