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Toronto rental apartment heat by-law

Toronto Municipal Code
Chapter 497 - Article I


Rented Accommodations

(Adopted 2000-08-03 by By-law No. 499-2000)

497-1. Definitions

As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:

    DWELLING UNIT - An enclosed living area used or designed to be used for human habitation.

    LANDLORD - Includes an owner and any person for the time being managing or receiving the rent of the land or premises in connection with which the word is used, whether on the peron's own account or as agent or trustee of any other person.

    OFFICER - Any City employee assigned responsibility for enforcing this aricle.

497-2. Minimum temperature.

A landlord shall provide heat to a dwelling unit that is rented or leased and that is normally heated at the landlord's expense so that a minimum air temperature of 21 degrees Celsius is maintained in all areas of the dwelling unit from the 15th day of September in each year to the 1st day of June in the following year.

497-3. Inspection

  1. Where an officer receives a complaint from a person indentified as the tenant or lessee of a dwelling unit that is normally heated at the landlord's expense, the officer may enter and inspect the premises in which the dwelling unit is located at any reasonable time for the purpose of determining compliance with this article.
  2. No person shall obstruct, hinder or delay an officer in making an inspection under Subsection A.

497-4. Offences

Any person who contravenes any provision of this article is guilty of an offence and upon conviction is liable to a fine or penalty as provided for in the Provincial Offences Act

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