The Toronto City Council is expected to make a long-awaited decision at its upcoming meeting on how to legalize and regulate roaming homes throughout the city.
Mayor John Tory postponed the vote in July, saying there was not enough support for the proposed frame to pass, including its hand-picked executive committee. The issue will come up again at the council meeting, which is scheduled for Friday and is scheduled for next week.
At a news conference on Wednesday, the Tory mouthwashed loudly as if he had changed any minds in the past two months as “one of the most complex issues” he had ever dealt with as mayor.
He said he is still discussing with councilors and that staff have received input from a “substantial” number of residents.
“I’m not in a position to say where we’ll finish this when the council joins,” Tory said.
Toronto’s current patchwork rules include roaming or multi-tenant homes, which are legal only in the former cities of Toronto and parts of Etobicoke and York.
The proposed project will allow for six-bedroom apartment homes across the city, have parking and washroom rules, and require landlords to be licensed. It will involve enforcement and compliance teams to conduct a new multi-housing tribunal and annual inspection to support tenants.
Count Cynthia Lai, who represents Scarborough North Ward 23, said she did not support the project in July and, after meeting with staff, is now unable to support it.
“No, the work has not been done to my satisfaction; literally nothing has been done,” he said. “Some of the concerns my residents have are not dealt with. Unfortunately, in its current form, there is no answer.”
She said her units should limit the number of rooms to four instead of six, with owners want to live there and limit the number of multi-tenant homes on each street to avoid parking problems. Lai said there are also landlords who are skeptical that they will comply with the new rules or that the city will enforce them.
“With the amount of illegal rooming homes now in our neighborhood, [Municipal Licensing And Standards] “We’re not really dealing with that problem.” We have to deal with what is happening now to make it better than starting a whole new legalization. ”
Thousands of people live in the rooms
Joe Cressey, who represents Coun Ward 10, Spadina Fort-York, said the decision is straightforward: illegal or not, thousands of residents already live in roaming homes because they are one of Toronto’s last affordable housing options, and the city’s plan adds control and stability.
“It’s really affordable if you’re socially assisted or lose your job,” Cressey said. “For many, people are struggling to make ends meet for their lives. And as a city, we need to do everything we can to not only protect the affordable housing stock, but actually grow it.”
At a council meeting in July, city staff said the monthly rent for rooming homes ranged from $ 400 to $ 700, while the average studio apartment rent was $ 1,100.
According to a new report by the city’s solicitor, the city’s current patchwork regulations currently have two Ontario land tribunal challenges
Appellants contend that the illegality of rooming houses is inconsistent with planning and human rights laws and excludes people from housing based on personal circumstances such as public assistance, disability and family status.
“I think councilors should support this vote because it’s the right thing to do for housing safety and affordability, but it’s consistent with the human rights approach,” Cressey said.