WHILE IT'S HOT OUTSIDE, THE HEAT IS ON ALREADY IN SOME TORONTO APARTMENT BUILDINGS

Sep 21, 2017

By Jane Brown

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While this late summer warm weather is enjoyable outside, residents of some Toronto apartment buildings may be having trouble keeping cool inside their units.

Tenants of an apartment building at 44 Jackes Ave. near Yonge St. and St. Clair Ave. say the heat has already been turned on in their building. making it very uncomfortable.

A Toronto bylaw says that between September 15th and June 1st, landlords are required to keep the heat at or above 21 celcius. City Councillor Josh Matlow says building owners he’s heard from are confused about what to do.

“The preponderance of landlords who I’ve spoken with, who’ve had concerns, were wondering if they turn the AC on in a week when it may get colder again…that if it takes a few days for the AC to go down and perhaps a few days for their heating system to go on, that somehow they’re going to get caught not providing heat to their tenants,” Matlow explained.

A notice was sent out to residents of the mid-town apartment building in question, saying the transition period for turning on and off heating or air conditioning units takes five days. Building management also says they are offering a cooling room and fans to residents dealing with the heat.

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