The purpose of the Adequate Temperature By-law 110-18 is to regulate the maintenance of heating and cooling where air conditioning is provided in rented or leased dwellings.
The By-law requires that the landlord of a rented or leased dwelling unit, shall provide and maintain adequate and suitable heat of 20 degrees Celsius (20ºC) in all areas of the dwelling unit. However this does not apply if:
- landlord and tenant have expressly agreed that the rented or leased dwelling unit will not be heated by or at the expense of the landlord; or
- a tenant is able to directly regulate the temperature such that adequate and suitable heat can be provided and maintained and such regulation of the temperature by the tenant has been enabled, if necessary by the landlord.
The by-law further requires that no rented or leased dwelling unit shall be equipped with portable heating equipment as a primary source of heat.
If the rented or leased dwelling unit is equipped or furnished with an air conditioning system or unit, every landlord shall maintain adequate and suitable cooling that does not exceed 26 degrees Celsius (26ºC) in all areas of the dwelling unit. However, this does not apply if:
- the rented or leased dwelling unit is not equipped or furnished with an air conditioning system or unit;
- a landlord and tenant have expressly agreed that the rented or leased dwelling unit will not be air conditioned by or at the expense of the landlord;
- a tenant is able to directly regulate the temperature such that adequate and suitable cooling can be provided and maintained and such regulation of the temperature by the tenant has been enabled, if necessary, by the landlord.
Any tenant that wishes to register a complaint with the City with regard to the lack of adequate temperature in his/her dwelling or apartment building should first advise the landlord in writing of their concerns in order to allow the landlord the opportunity to address the maintenance issue first. If these concerns are not addressed adequately, a complaint can be registered with the By-law Enforcement office.
Upon receipt of any complaint a By-law Enforcement Officer will investigate the complaint to determine if a violation of the By-law exists. If a violation is found, the officer can issue a Notice of Contravention advising the owner of the violation and requiring that it be remedied within the time period specified in the Notice.
The maximum fine for non-compliance with the Adequate Temperature By-law 110-18 is $100,000.
This information is for convenience and quick reference only.
See the complete Adequate Temperature By-law 110-18.
For more information or to register a complaint, contact our Citizen Contact Center by dialing 3-1-1 (Monday to Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.) If calling from outside City limits, please dial 905-615-4311. For an emergency after hours, from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. weekends and holidays, call 905-615-3000.
On October 4, 2017, members of staff were directed by Council to review the Adequate Heat By-law and address the following:
- That cooling provisions be considered for addition to the By-law at the expense of the owner;
- That the dates in the Adequate Heat By-law 365-95 be made flexible; and,
- That appropriate stakeholders were included in discussions related to the matter.
On March 8, 2018, the City of Mississauga held a Community Engagement Meeting to discuss the Adequate Heat By-law.
Read the March 8, 2018 Meeting Notes