In preparation for another sweltering summer, the City of Mississauga revises its heating regulations to ensure that tenants of apartments are not blasted with heat in 30 degrees weather.
The move is a response to the large number of complaints received by the city about landlords switching from air conditioning to heat during the unprecedented heat wave of September last year.
Property managers and building site supervisors claimed that the reason why they put the heating into use was due to unclear wording in the city regulations, which state: every landlord of a building that is rented or rented "must provide … adequate and suitable heat at the cost of the owner between September 15 of each year and the first day of June of the following year. "
This does not mean that the heat must be turned on by September 15, only that it must be available to keep units at 20 degrees Celsius.
While owners and landlords increased the heat, some tenants who lived in their buildings were admitted to hospital with a heat stroke. Others had to find alternative accommodations, including the use of city cooling stations and mudguards, or bunking with family and friends until the heat wave subsided.
To continue, to avoid confusion with the regulation, the city seeks input from the public and stakeholders – including tenants, property managers, building owners and contractors – regarding possible changes to the statutes.
Two meetings will be held this month to determine whether the dates should be changed, whether air conditioning should be provided in buildings at the expense of the owner and whether air conditioning should be considered an essential service.
The first community workshop will be held on Thursday, March 8 at the Frank McKechnie Community Center, Auditorium 1 and 2, located at 310 Bristol Rd. E. It will take place from 8 pm to 9:30 pm
The second meeting will focus on evaluation and test options for the bylaw amendments. It will be held on the 28th of March in the youth / senior community River Grove Community Center, 5800 River Grove Ave., starting at 8:00 PM. until 9:30 pm