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Rooming Houses

Rooming Houses have become a great concern in our neighbourhood. Scarborough-Agincourt was originally designed as 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. (see pictures below click on picture to enlarge to see hanging wires)

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Rooming House back entrance to basement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

According to the 311 statistics,  Scarborough-Agincourt represents close to 8% of rooming houses reports.

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 may not be 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. I would appreciate your input Click here:

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