Item - 2016.EX18.13

Tracking Status

  • This item was considered by Executive Committee on October 26, 2016 and was adopted with amendments.

EX18.13 - Proposed Regulatory and Licensing Strategy for Multi-Tenant Houses and Consultation Plan

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Decision

The Executive Committee:

 

1.  Directed the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to conduct public consultation on the proposed regulatory and licensing strategy and its potential impact on tenants, owners and the surrounding community and report back to Executive Committee in 2017.

 

2.  Directed the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to include in their report an enforcement strategy on multi-tenant houses, including enforcement in areas where multi-tenant houses are not permitted.

 

3.  Directed the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to report in the first quarter of 2017 to the Licensing and Standards Committee with proposals (including any necessary amendments) to improve the renewal process for existing rooming house licenses.

 

4.  Directed the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture to engage the City's universities, colleges and the development community and report in 2017 on solutions to student housing issues including, but not limited to new student housing developments, and new education and outreach programs to provide information to students on housing options.

 

Origin

(October 12, 2016) Report from the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning

Summary

The Official Plan supports housing diversity in all neighbourhoods across Toronto for all types of households. Multi-tenant houses, often referred to as rooming houses, are an important part of the affordable rental housing stock and provide single-room accommodation to a diverse tenant demographic including students, seniors, new immigrants and low/moderate income individuals. The city's Affordable Housing Action Plan 2010-2020 encourages an increase in legal, well-run multi-tenant houses. 

 

Current regulations for multi-tenant houses are a patchwork of by-laws that were not updated after amalgamation and do not adequately address the need for this type of housing. The demand for affordable housing has resulted in the conversion of properties to multi-tenant houses in areas of the city where they are not currently permitted and without the benefit of appropriate permits or inspections. These factors potentially impact the life and safety of both occupants and the surrounding community.

 

This report summarizes the extensive public consultation process that was undertaken in the spring of 2015 to assess how the current regulations and the multi-tenant housing stock are affecting tenants, operators and the surrounding communities. Over 1,500 participants across the city were engaged through neighbourhood consultations, focus groups and an online survey. The findings of the consultation were used to identify potential changes to existing regulations and enforcement strategies.

 

The report proposes a multi-pronged strategy for multi-tenant houses that will form the basis of the next phase of neighborhood-based consultations. The strategy aims to balance the need for affordable housing and the capacity of the city to protect tenants and neighbours from unsafe living conditions.

 

The proposed zoning strategy would enact temporary use by-laws, including new use definitions and local maximum thresholds (number of rooms) under the Planning Act in five areas across the City where there is evidence of a concentration of this type of housing for the purpose of piloting permissions. 

 

It also proposes an enhanced licensing program for multi-tenant houses that introduces new requirements to improve living conditions as well as improvements to the licence review process to better engage neighboring properties.

 

The report proposes that staff consult the public on the proposed strategy for multi-tenant houses and report back on the outcomes of the consultations in 2017.

 

This report was prepared in consultation with the Interdivisional Multi-Tenant House Working Group, which includes the Affordable Housing Office, Toronto Fire Services, Legal Services, Toronto Building, Office of Emergency Management, Toronto Public Health, and Shelter, Support and Housing Administration.

Background Information

(October 12, 2016) Report from the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning on Proposed Regulatory and Licensing Strategy for Multi-Tenant Houses and Consultation Plan
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-97264.pdf
Attachment 1 - Current Permitted Zones for Multi-tenant Houses in Toronto
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-97265.pdf
Attachment 2 - Rooming House Review: Public Consultations (Author: Public Interest), June 2016
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-97266.pdf
Attachment 3 - Ipsos Reid Online Omnibus Final Report, February 2015
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-97267.pdf
Attachment 4 - Jurisdictional Scan of Multi-tenant House Regulations, 2015
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-97268.pdf
Attachment 5 - Multi-tenant House Consultation Areas
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-97269.pdf

Communications

(October 25, 2016) Letter from Victor Willis, Board Chair and Joshua Brandt, Development Coordinator, Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust (EX.Supp.EX18.13.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/ex/comm/communicationfile-63849.pdf
(October 25, 2016) E-mail from Allan Jones and Kathy Gross (EX.Supp.EX18.13.2)
(October 25, 2016) E-mail from Brian Kellow (EX.Supp.EX18.13.3)
(October 26, 2016) Submission from Murray McLeod (EX.New.EX18.13.4)
(October 26, 2016) Submission from Kenneth Hale, Director of Advocacy and Legal Services, Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO), Tenant Duty Counsel Program (TDCP) (EX.New.EX18.13.5)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/ex/comm/communicationfile-63858.pdf
(October 26, 2016) Submission from Murray McLeod-Supplementary Material to Presentation (EX.New.EX18.13.6)
(October 26, 2016) Letter from Mark Shapiro on behalf of Kira Heineck, Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness (EX.New.EX18.13.7)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/ex/comm/communicationfile-63923.pdf
(October 26, 2016) Letter from Leslie McDonald, Executive Director, Habitat Services (EX.New.EX18.13.8)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/ex/comm/communicationfile-63927.pdf
(October 26, 2016) Letter from Phillip Dufresne (EX.New.EX18.13.9)

Speakers

Leslie McDonald, Executive Director, Habitat Services
Joy Connelly, HomeComing Community Choice Coalition
Mark Shapiro, Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness
Kenn Hale, Director of Advocacy and Legal Services, Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario
Murray McLeod, Chartland
Phillip Dufresne, Dream Team
Diane Dyson
Sean Meagher
Councillor Norman Kelly

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Mayor John Tory (Carried)

That the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture engage the City's universities, colleges and the development community and report in 2017 on solutions to student housing issues including, but not limited to new student housing developments, and new education and outreach programs to provide information to students on housing options.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Oct-26-2016

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 11 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Gary Crawford, Frank Di Giorgio, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory (Chair)
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, Michelle Holland

2 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor David Shiner (Lost)

That recommendation 1 be deleted, and the following adopted:

 

1. That the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards report to the Executive Committee in the first quarter of 2017 on the resources required to enforce the current by-laws in areas of the City which do not permit rooming houses.

Vote (Amend Item) Oct-26-2016

Result: Lost Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 4 Members that voted Yes are James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson
Total members that voted No: 7 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Gary Crawford, Frank Di Giorgio, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Cesar Palacio, John Tory (Chair)
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, Michelle Holland

3a - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Cesar Palacio (Carried)

That the Executive Director of Municipal Licensing and Standards be directed to report in the first quarter of 2017 to the Licensing and Standards Committee with proposals (including any necessary amendments) to improve the renewal process for existing rooming house licenses.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Oct-26-2016

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 9 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Gary Crawford, Frank Di Giorgio, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson, John Tory (Chair)
Total members that voted No: 2 Members that voted No are David Shiner, Michael Thompson
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, Michelle Holland

3b - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Cesar Palacio (Carried)

That the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standard and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning include in their report an enforcement strategy on multi-tenant houses, including enforcement in areas where multi-tenant houses are not permitted.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Oct-26-2016

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 11 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Gary Crawford, Frank Di Giorgio, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory (Chair)
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, Michelle Holland

3c - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Cesar Palacio (Withdrawn)

That the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning engage with Humber College to determine the probability of achieving additional on-site student residences to serve the Humber College North Campus and report to Etobicoke York Community Council on the outcome.


4 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Paul Ainslie (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Oct-26-2016

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 7 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Gary Crawford, Frank Di Giorgio, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Cesar Palacio, John Tory (Chair)
Total members that voted No: 4 Members that voted No are James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, Michelle Holland
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council