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Monday, December 12, 2005

Rental housing to be at least 21 C

Toronto Municipal Licensing and Standards reminds tenants that the air temperature in rental housing must be at least 21 C.

“No tenant should be without adequate heat at this time of the year,” says Richard Butts, Acting Executive Director of Municipal Licensing and Standards. “During this extreme cold weather, we have arranged to have staff on call in order to investigate complaints and assist in emergency situations.”

If your rental unit is cold, tenants are reminded to first check that:
• windows and doors close properly
• windows and doors are sealed to stop drafts
• the furnace has electrical power
• furniture is not blocking the flow of air from baseboard heaters or registers.

If your home is still too cold, speak to your landlord or building manager.

If these measures are not successful, tenants can call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. After hours, call 416-392-7149.