$100,000,000.00 in repairs by landlords and inspectors sent to all 5,000+ of the city's high-rise buildings.
That's what 6 years of tenant organizing by Toronto ACORN and countless hours of dedicated members have earned.
The City brought in an enhanced apartment inspection program developed after pressure from Toronto ACORN and tenant groups late last year and now estimate it has resulted in $100 millions in repairs by landlords. Further, Municipal Licensing and Standards is now sending inspectors to all 5,000+ highrises across Toronto to perform basic audits to find and target the worst buildings for increased inspections.
The program falls short of the comprehensive system of landlord licensing that Toronto ACORN has long campaigned. Toronto ACORN members have fought for a system with hard financial penalties on negligent landlords who refuse to maintain their buildings up the legal code. Toronto ACORN members have held community actions, rallied at city hall, given deputations, and held city wide housing forums to build public support and awareness of the Toronto’s deteriorating housing stock and the need for reform.
ACORN members remain proud of this tremendous progress that has been made and remain committed to working with the City to expand and improve the enhanced inspection program.