Thermostat Changes On Tap for Mississauga Renters and Landlords

If it’s hot outside in March, your apartment in Mississauga can be cool.

A new bylaw will come into effect on June 6 and its name will change to Adequate Temperature By-Law.

City of Mississauga enforcement staff suggested changes to the Adequate Heat Bylaw, after instructions from council to review the law and the community feedback.

During the review, staff considered rules on air conditioning and the dates that the bylaw would be in effect.

In the report, staff said the changes to the bylaw will make sure landlords can be flexible when regulating heat in their buildings during fluctuating and extreme weather patterns.

Currently, the bylaw states that the owner shall provide the dwelling unit with adequate and stable heat of 20 degrees Celsius from September 15 to June 1.

Staff recommended the following changes to the Adequate Heat bylaw:

  • Landlords provide enough heat to keep the temperature at least at 20 degrees Celsius.
  • Where there is air-conditioning, landlords make sure it does not get hotter than 26 degrees Celsius.
  • Remove the temperature range dates (September 15 to June 1) currently found in the current By-law.

"Enforcement staff met with and received input from the public and stakeholders, including tenants, property management, owners and contractors on recommendations for the Adequate Heat By-law," said Geoff Wright, Commissioner of Transportation and Works.

"The proposed changes comply with provincial requirements and responds to changing weather conditions. The changes also addresses many of the concerns that we heard during the public meetings, are easy to understand and will be enforceable."

The report also mentions a plan to raise awareness and advise residents of the changes.

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