City of Toronto – Licensing and Standards Committee

Rental Apartment Buildings: Results of Public Consultation and Proposed Regulatory Regime
City Council Decision
City Council on December 13, 14 and 15, 2016, adopted the following:

1.  City Council approve a new regulatory by-law for rental apartment buildings that requires property owners to:

a. register the building with the City of Toronto and submit required information;

b. have a process for receiving, tracking and responding to tenant repair requests;

c. notify tenants of service disruptions, property standards appeals, work orders and cleaning plan;

d. install notification board in central location;

e. have a comprehensive pest management plan that includes the use of licensed pest management professionals;

f. have a waste management plan;

g. have a cleaning plan;

h. use contractors with certification from Ontario College of Trades to conduct maintenance of HVAC and plumbing systems;

i. have a state of good repair capital plan; and

j. pay all applicable fees;

and direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to report to the March 6, 2017 meeting of Licensing and Standards Committee with the new regulatory by-law.

2.  City Council direct that the program be funded as follows:

Program budget of $5,181,500, funded:

– 53 percent recovered from a $10.60 registration fee ($2,767,142)

– 12 percent recovered through revenues from enforcement action ($637,200)

– 35 percent recovered from the tax base ($1,777,161)

and direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to report to the Budget Committee, during the 2017 Operating Budget process, on the program budget and the twelve additional Full-Time Equivalent staff required to implement the program proposed.

3.  City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to report in October, 2017 to the Licensing and Standards Committee, through the Tenant Issues Committee, on:

a. the proposed Administrative Penalty By-law, and increased set fines which would apply to violations under the Rental Apartment Building By-law; and

b. the proposed policies and operating procedures, organizational changes and financing requirements to enhance the capacity of Municipal Licensing and Standards to undertake remedial action.

4.  City Council request the Province of Ontario to:

a.  introduce regulations that would exempt the registration fee from eligibility for an Above Guideline Increase; and

b.  amend the Building Code Act or other necessary legislation to authorize the City of Toronto to establish a system of Administrative Monetary Penalties for property standards violations.

5.  City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to establish guidelines for when the Property Standards Committee can grant time extensions on work orders and to limit those criteria to situations that are only extraordinary circumstances.

6.  City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to include in the new regulatory by-law for rental apartment buildings an offence for renting out vacant units if the property owner is in breach of City by-laws, including a confirmed property standards order.

7.  City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to develop standard operating procedure service standards for 2018, subject to annual review, for Municipal Standards Officers which provide targeted timelines by violation category to bring landlords into compliance with City by-laws from the date an order is issued, and make the standards available to the public on the City website in the fourth quarter of, 2017.

8.  City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to explore the feasibility of a rating system similar to the City’s “Dinesafe” program that requires landlords to post a colour-coded sign that displays the City’s rating in a prominent, publicly identifiable location, along with posting the same information on the City’s website and to report to the Licensing and Standards Committee in the fourth quarter of  2017.

Background Information (Committee)
(November 16, 2016) Report from the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards on Rental Apartment Buildings: Results of Public Consultation and Proposed Regulatory Regime
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-98654.pdf)
Attachment 1 – Jurisdictional Scan
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-98655.pdf)
Attachment 2 – Results from 2015 Ipsos Reid Survey on Apartments and Condominiums
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-98656.pdf)
Attachment 3 – Consultation Findings from Online Survey, 2016
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-98657.pdf)
Attachment 4 – Proposed Building Information Requirements at Registration
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-98658.pdf)
Attachment 5 – Impact of Proposed Program Fees on Rent
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-98659.pdf)
Attachment 6 – MRAB Activities and Service Standards
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-98660.pdf)
Communications (Committee)
(November 29, 2016) Letter from Marva Burnett, President, Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), John Plumadore, Brentwood Towers Tenant Associations, Helen Lee, Tenant Action Committee, Kenn Hale, Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO), Melissa Goldstein, Housing Action Now, and Geordie Dent, Federation of Metro Tenants’ Associations (FMTA) (LS.New.LS15.3.1)
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/ls/comm/communicationfile-64320.pdf)
(November 29, 2016) E-mail from Theresa Lyle (LS.New.LS15.3.2)
(November 30, 2016) Letter from Brooks Barnett, Manager, Government Relations and Policy, REALPAC  (LS.New.LS15.3.3)
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/ls/comm/communicationfile-64328.pdf)
(November 30, 2016) Submission from Jonathan Ho, Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario – ACTO (LS.New.LS15.3.4)
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/ls/comm/communicationfile-64340.pdf)
Communications (City Council)
(November 30, 2016) Submission from Margie Carlson, Deputy Executive Director, Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association (CC.Main.LS15.3.5)
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/cc/comm/communicationfile-64489.pdf)
(December 9, 2016) Letter from Daryl Chong, President and Chief Executive Officer, Greater Toronto Apartment Association (CC.Supp.LS15.3.6)
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/cc/comm/communicationfile-64530.pdf)
(December 13, 2016) Submission from Kenneth Hale, Director of Advocacy and Legal Services, Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (CC.New.LS15.3.7)
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/cc/comm/communicationfile-64511.pdf)
Motions (City Council)
1 – Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Josh Matlow (Carried)
That City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to explore the feasibility of a rating system similar to the City’s “Dinesafe” program that requires landlords to post a colour-coded sign that displays the City’s rating in a prominent, publicly identifiable location, along with posting the same information on the City’s website and report to Licensing and Standards Committee in the fourth quarter of  2017.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Dec-14-2016 6:58 PM
Result: Carried Majority Required – LS15.3 – Matlow – motion 1
Yes: 31 Maria Augimeri, Ana Bailão, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Josh Colle, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Michelle Holland, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
No: 8 Gary Crawford, Frank Di Giorgio, Michael Ford, Stephen Holyday, Giorgio Mammoliti, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson
Absent: 5 Paul Ainslie, Shelley Carroll, Paula Fletcher, Ron Moeser, James Pasternak

2 – Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker (Carried)
That City Council delete Licensing and Standards Committee Recommendation 2:

2. City Council direct that the program be funded as follows:

Program budget of $4,442,904, funded:

– 45 percent recovered from a $8.00 registration fee per unit per year ($2,028,542)

– 15 percent recovered through revenues from enforcement action ($637,200)

– 40 percent recovered from the tax-base ($1,777,161)

and direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to report to Budget Committee, during the 2017 Operating Budget process, on the program budget and the six additional Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) staff required to implement the program proposed.

and replace with the following recommendation:

2. City Council direct that the program be funded as follows:

Program budget of $5,181,500, funded:

– 53 percent recovered from a $10.60 registration fee ($2,767,142)

– 12 percent recovered through revenues from enforcement action ($637,200)

– 35 percent recovered from the tax base ($1,777,161)

and direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to report to Budget Committee, during the 2017 Operating Budget process, on the program budget and the twelve additional Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) staff required to implement the program proposed.

Vote (Amend Item) Dec-14-2016 6:55 PM
Result: Carried Majority Required – LS15.3 – De Baeremaeker – motion 2
Yes: 20 Maria Augimeri, Ana Bailão, Joe Cressy, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Mary Fragedakis, Michelle Holland, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Joe Mihevc, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Michael Thompson, Kristyn Wong-Tam
No: 19 Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Michael Ford, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Giorgio Mammoliti, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Cesar Palacio, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, John Tory
Absent: 5 Paul Ainslie, Shelley Carroll, Paula Fletcher, Ron Moeser, James Pasternak

3 – Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Stephen Holyday (Lost)
That City Council delete Licensing and Standards Committee Recommendation 4.a.:

Recommendation to be deleted

4. City Council request the Province of Ontario to:

a. Introduce regulations that would exempt the registration fee from eligibility for an Above Guideline Increase (AGI); and

Vote (Amend Item) Dec-14-2016 6:57 PM
Result: Lost Majority Required – LS15.3 – Holyday – motion 3
Yes: 9 Maria Augimeri, John Campbell, Vincent Crisanti, Frank Di Giorgio, Michelle Holland, Stephen Holyday, Giorgio Mammoliti, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Jaye Robinson
No: 30 Ana Bailão, Jon Burnside, Christin Carmichael Greb, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Michael Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Absent: 5 Paul Ainslie, Shelley Carroll, Paula Fletcher, Ron Moeser, James Pasternak

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Dec-14-2016 6:59 PM
Result: Carried Majority Required – LS15.3 – Adopt the item as amended
Yes: 35 Maria Augimeri, Ana Bailão, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Michelle Holland, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
No: 4 Michael Ford, Stephen Holyday, Giorgio Mammoliti, Denzil Minnan-Wong
Absent: 5 Paul Ainslie, Shelley Carroll, Paula Fletcher, Ron Moeser, James Pasternak

 

3a Proposed Framework for a Multi-Residential Rental Property Licence – Results of Public Consultation and Proposed Regulations
Background Information (Committee)
(November 2, 2016) Letter from the Tenant Issues Committee on Proposed Framework for a Multi-Residential Rental Property Licence – Results of Public Consultation and Proposed Regulations
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-98236.pdf)
Presentation from the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards on Framework for a Multi-Residential Rental Property Licence
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-98237.pdf)