Rooming House Update
Rooming Houses have become a great concern in our neighbourhood. Scarborough-Agincourt was originally designed a single family housing area.
However, over the years, the makeup of our neighbourhood has changed – single family homes are being converted to multiple housing units.
These houses are being converted with no regard or respect of building and zoning by-laws. Many of these houses have been converted with no respect to the building codes requiring fire retardant materials or upgrading the electrical panels to accommodate the additional electrical outlets, etc.
I have seen houses that have wires running across hallways to multiple rooms, which are supplying electricity to multiple electrical outlets. This is a fire hazard.
Over the years, many of you have called 311 at the City of Toronto and complained about houses which you suspected or know have been converted to multi-unit houses.
Looking over the over these stats we have assessed that we have close to 8% of the 311 rooming houses reports for the City of Toronto.
It is time that we tackle this problem head-on for a number of reasons:
- These alterations are not confirming to existing building code and are putting renters’ lives in danger;
- Landlords not properly declaring the income of these housing rentals;
- The need for tenants to park their cars is creating parking problems on our streets; and,
- Emergency vehicles are having difficulty responding to emergency calls due to the parking congestion.
I am working with different City Departments to address this issue.
If you would want to have input on this matter, please visit my website at www.karygiannis.net
On April 27, 2015, The City of Toronto is holding a “Rooming House Review – Public Consultation” in Ward 39. It is an opportunity to discuss how we can improve living conditions for rooming house tenants and the impact rooming houses have on surrounding communities.
“Rooming House Review – Public Consultation”
Monday, April 27, 2015
7:00pm to 9:00pm
L’Amoreaux Community Recreation Centre
Studio Room 1
2000 McNicoll Avenue, Scarborough, Ontario