Toronto Apartment Security Solutions
Toronto Apartment Buildings
Toronto Apartment Buildings are becoming more and more popular. Its advantages such as the modern amenities and residential lifestyle attracts many people.
The City of Toronto Licenses Apartment Buildings, which operate as a rental business housing multiple tenants. Apartment buildings owners must meet the requirements of the City of Toronto's Apartment Building By-law.
- Apartment building owners have to comply with these regulations:
1) The number of units in an apartment building cannot exceed 250 units;
2) Each unit can be no larger than 400 square feet ;
3) There is at least one common area per floor that has access for all residents;
4) All apartments should contain two or three bedrooms;
5) A minimum of four bathrooms per apartment building is required;
City of Toronto Apartment Standards
City of Toronto bylaws require a landlord to have a basic level of insurance. There is also a bylaw with standards for heat, water and gas with regards to an apartment building. Apartment buildings in the City of Toronto are required to meet the fire code, health code and property standards set by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. A landlord who owns an apartment building will need to register his/her address with the city if he/she wants to rent out any part of their home. This registration allows the city to keep track of how much money they collect from each tenant. It also helps them determine whether there are enough affordable rentals available in your neighborhood. If you want to know what kind of rules apply to renting out your own place, check out our guide on Renting Out Your Home.
If you're looking to buy an apartment building, make sure it meets the following criteria:
• Has been inspected within the last five years;
• Is located in a safe neighborhood ;
• Has good accessibility;
• Has adequate parking spaces;
• Has sufficient space between units;
• Has a secure entrance system;
• Has proper heating systems;
• Has working smoke alarms;
• Has working carbon monoxide detectors;
• Has working electrical outlets;
• Has working plumbing fixtures;
• Has working hot water tanks;
• Has working windows;
• Has working doors;
• Has working elevators;
• Has working garbage disposal;
• Has working laundry facilities;
• Has working kitchen appliances;
• Has working dishwashers;
• Has working refrigerators;
• Has functioning air conditioning;
• Has functional wiring;
• Has functional roof structure;
• Has functional exterior walls;
• Has functional interior walls;
• Has functioning floors;
• Has functioning ceilings;
• Has functioning toilets;
• Has functioning sinks;
• Has functioning bathtubs;
• Has functioning showers;
• Has functioning basins;
• Has functioning cabinets;
• Has functioning counters;
• Has functioning countertops;
• Has functioning tables;
• Has functioning chairs;
• Has functioning carpets;
• Has functioning light bulbs;
• Has functioning locks;
• Has functioning door handles;
• Has functioning mailboxes
Toronto Community Housing Security
Toronto Community Housing Security is provided by fully uniformed and professional security officers, 7 days a week. The TCHC provides security services for its tenants and overall environment. Our services at Ultimate Security are dedicated to keeping Toronto's community safe by reducing the crime rate. We are professional Toronto security guards licensed by Toronto Community Housing.
We provide 24 hour emergency response service to all residents living in Toronto Community Housing properties. In addition we offer regular patrols throughout the day and night. All of these services come at no cost to the resident or their family members.
Our goal is to help reduce crime rates through proactive measures such as patrolling, random checks, and responding quickly when needed. By providing this type of service we hope that people feel safer knowing that someone is always watching over them.
What you should know about rental agreements
A rental agreement, or lease, is a contract between a landlord and a tenant. The landlord grants the tenant the right to occupy a rental unit. In return the tenant commits to paying rent. The contract may also include other terms and rules. When you sign a rental agreement, you're agreeing to respect those terms and rules.
A written rental agreement is an official record of what you and the landlord agree to. If there's a dispute later, the rental agreement helps to settle it.
If you have a guarantor, the landlord will have them sign an agreement that describes their responsibilities.
Your rental agreement will include:
the landlord's and tenant's names, addresses and contact information
the length of time you agree to stay in the rental unit
the monthly rent amount
the date you must pay rent
the services covered by the monthly payment, such as electricity or parking
any separate charges
the conditions for the termination of a rental agreement
when the landlord can increase the rent and by how much
the security deposit amount and any conditions
the rules that the landlord requires all tenants to follow
When it comes to surveillance cameras, what rights do tenants have?
As part of a series, the Star is answering common questions about renting in Toronto. Do you have questions that you want us to answer? Email the Star at renterFAQ@thestar.ca The question:
Your new apartment looks perfect. Decent lighting, a bedroom bigger than a closet and a surprising lack of silverfish.
But then you notice a video camera installed outside your front door.
As a tenant, what rights do you have when it comes to privacy and surveillance?
Video surveillance in common spaces is allowed but with certain conditions, says Harry Fine, a paralegal and former adjudicator with the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB).
Landlords “can have video surveillance in common areas but there has to be a sign letting people know that they're being monitored and there can be no audio surveillance,” Fine said.
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What to Expect after Submitting a Complaint (Service Request)
Once you submit a complaint (service request) through 311, a bylaw enforcement officer will reach out to you to gather more information about your complaint.
If your complaint is urgent and related to vital services, City staff will respond within 24 hours. If your complaint is about a non-urgent issue then the team will respond within five days.
The bylaw enforcement officer may request photos and a copy of the service request submitted to the building owner or operator. Should you fail to respond to the officer within a reasonable amount of time, the file will be closed.
What Tenants Can Do About Pests
While pest management is the landlord's responsibility, the following tips can help prevent pest infestations in your unit:
keep your unit free of clutter
clean kitchens and bathrooms regularly
keep kitchen countertops clean and free of crumbs
vacuum regularly under rugs and beneath furniture
rinse containers before putting them in the garbage or in recycling bins
empty kitchen garbage containers often
avoid picking up mattresses and other furniture from sidewalks or the trash
store foods (grains, legumes, sugar) in sealed plastic or glass containers in kitchens
after travelling, check luggage carefully for spread of pests
learn how to prevent, identify and treat bed bugs in your home You must allow your landlord to treat your unit for pests. Landlords must notify you ahead of time about what is required to prepare the unit for treatment, such as emptying cabinets, removing furniture from walls, etc.