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June 15, 2017 – Councillor calls on the City to Wake up on Rooming Houses – 议员呼吁市府从分租屋中觉醒

TORONTO, ON – Jim Karygiannis, City Councillor for Ward 39, Scarborough-Agincourt, is calling on the City of Toronto to wake up on the present dangers of illegal Rooming Houses and asks the City to listen to and respect the concerns of Ward 39 residents opposed to Rooming Houses. The City of Toronto is soliciting feedback on the impact of a pilot study that proposes a zoning approach to Multi-Tenant Homes (Rooming Houses) and licensing requirements. This study applies to five communities in Toronto. One of these communities includes Ward 39, Scarborough-Agincourt.

“I am baffled as to why the City chose Ward 39, the ward with the highest number of complaints regarding illegal rooming houses, as a pilot study area. Rooming Houses should not be studied at all – period. Rooming Houses present a danger to the tenants living in those properties and negatively impacts the character of our neighbourhoods,” said Councillor Karygiannis.

Scarborough-Agincourt was originally designed as a single family housing area. Now, single family homes are being converted into multi-tenant units. These houses have been reported as having up to one dozen tenants in one property and are being converted with no regard or respect of building or zoning bylaws.

“My office has reported hundreds of Rooming Houses. We have been advised of houses that have wires running across hallways to multiple rooms, supplying electricity to multiple electrical outlets. Landlords have no regard for building codes requiring fire retardant materials and upgrades to electrical panels. These landlords are taking advantage of newcomers and low-income families putting these vulnerable residents at risk,” said Councillor Karygiannis.

Councillor Karygiannis invites residents of Scarborough to the public consultations run by the City of Toronto on Multi-Tenant Houses. The City is proposing to allow significant changes to Rooming Houses in its pilot study. These changes include allowing up to seven tenants per house and up to seven new sanitary units per house. These changes will have a significant impact on local waste water management systems. Rooming Houses will also impact safety in our neighbourhoods as it relates to the effectiveness of first responders such as EMS and Toronto Fire Services. This puts our most vulnerable residents, including youth and new Canadians, at risk.

“It seems that City staff is adamant about imposing Rooming Houses across the City. I thank the staff at Licensing and Standards, and other divisions, for facilitating this process but the views of my residents must be heard and respected. I invite members of the public to attend the consultation at L’Amoreaux Community Centre on Wednesday June 21, 2017 at 6:30 pm. Rooming Houses are presently illegal in Scarborough and this should not change,” concludes Councillor Karygiannis.

 

Rooming House Press Conference

                                                                                                

议员呼吁市府从分租屋中觉醒

 

多伦多,安省——士嘉堡——爱静阁39区詹嘉礼市议员呼吁多伦多市府从当下危险的非法分租屋中觉醒并要求市府聆听和尊重39区居民反对分租屋的意见。

多伦多市府将对多租户房屋(分租屋)和牌照要求进行初步研究,并征求居民的反馈。这分租屋初步研究会在多伦多的五个社区中进行。其中一个社区包含了39区士嘉堡——爱静阁。

市议员詹嘉礼说:“我很困惑为什么市府会选择39区为试点,本区是投诉非法分租屋最多的区域。分租屋在任何时期都不应该进行研究。分租屋对房客来说,有存在的危险,而且对我们社区有负面影响。”

士嘉堡——爱静阁最初的设计是单一家庭住宅。现在,单一家庭住宅被转变成多租户住宅。这些被报告的房子里有一打的租户在居住,房子并没有按照建筑或土地规划条例而改建。

詹嘉礼议员说:“我的办公室报告了数以百计的分租屋。我们一直给那些电线穿过走廊通向多个房间,并为多个插座提供电力的房子的房东提供建议。房东没有按建筑规范要求使用阻燃材料和升级电源面板。这些房东欺负新移民和低收入家庭,令这些脆弱的居民面临风险。”

市议员詹嘉礼邀请士嘉堡的居民参与由多伦多市府举办的多租户房屋公众磋商会议。市府提议允许分租房进行显著变化的初步研究。这些变化包括每个房屋允许七个租户以及多达七个新卫生间的房子。这些变化将对当地污水管理系统影响重大。分租房也会对我们的社区安全造成影响,因为它牵涉到现场急救人员的效力,如急救和消防服务等。这让我们最脆弱的居民包括年轻人和新移民,处于危险之中。

詹嘉礼市议员总结道:“看来,市府员工坚持要在整个城市实施分租屋。我感谢牌照和标准以及其他部门的工作人员,促进了整个过程,但是我的居民的 意见是必须倾听和尊重的。我邀请大家来参加在2017年6月21日周三,晚上六点半于L ‘Amoreaux社区中心举行的公众磋商会。目前,在士嘉堡的分租房是非法的,这不应该改变。”

 

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