Apartment Heating: What You Should Know
The magic date is September 1st. That's when the province says a landlord must turn on the heat for their tenants. And while it's warm right now, temperatures will soon be dipping,
However, Ontario's Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister says it's ultimately up to the cities involved, given there are different climates across the province.
The city of Toronto, Mississauga and Brampton say the heat must by on September 15th. Oshawa says the end of the month. Whitby doesn't have a date but says the temperature can't go below 21 degrees all year long.
Last year, there were 553 complaints in Toronto about landlords not turning on their heat, not a very high number but Director of Investigation Services at Municipal Licensing and Standards Lance Cumberbatch finds it surprising that not all landlord are prepared for the cold weather.
He says if tenants have a problem, they can connect with the city by calling 3-1-1.
As for if renters have any tips to keep warm when they're waiting for the heat comes one, they say the two keys are space heaters and warm clothing.