Issues ranging from poor ventilation to cockroach infestations are what 95% of Torontonians say they face when living in the city. The study by ACORN Toronto collected responses from 174 tenants
Kemba Robinson, Chair of Jane Finch York West ACORN, states that their study proves that, “The majority of Toronto tenants are struggling to pay their rising rents and at the same time have major deficiencies in their homes.”
The survey, which included questions about the condition of the tenant’s apartments, how well landlords responded to requests for repairs and if the city was able to help, was conducted between August and October of 2016.
Now, the government is looking into a new landlord licensing program. The licensing staff’s proposed framework recommends registering all rental buildings with three or more storeys and 10 or more units, and the landlord would be responsible for securing the right inspectors and repair services for their buildings, prior to being given the green-light to rent.
As far as tenants are concerned, more regulations are necessary to keep up with the high demand for rentals, and to insure a healthy and clean living space. Cockroaches, bedbugs, poor ventilation, faulty elevators and lack of heat top list of problems in Toronto apartments.
Kemba Robinson, Chair of Jane Finch York West ACORN, joined Tasha Kheiriddin to discuss the issues facing Toronto’s rental tenants.