Kingston has a Property Standards Bylaw and a Yards Bylaw that establishes the minimum standards for building and property maintenance. Your landlord is legally obligated to meet these standards.
While identifying and addressing property standards can be challenging, it is important to bring these issues to the attention of your landlord or property manager. If your landlord fails to address the violation within a reasonable amount of time you can report it to the City of Kingston. While Ontario's Residential Tenancy Act does not specify how long you should wait before reporting a violation, it is recommended that you give your landlord a reasonable amount of time to address the issue or take the necessary steps before reporting it.
These Bylaws cover heating, electrical, plumbing, pest prevention, graffiti, and yards.
Unfortunately, many rental homes in Kingston are in violation of these Bylaws, which can create health and safety risks, while also decreasing energy efficiency and leading to higher utility bills.
Common violations of these bylaws include:
Drafts from windows
Windows with no locks
Broken exterior locks
Pest infestations such as mice & rats