It has now been a week since the first residents began moving back into 650 Parliament Street. Residents have been scheduled to move back into their homes at a rate of two-floors per week, starting from the top of the building, and working down. We expect all residents to be moved back in by mid-May. As such, this will be the last of the regular updates from my office.
I want to give a heartfelt thank you to Toronto Building, Toronto Fire Service and Toronto Public Health for all your support in keeping residents informed and safe. An additional thanks goes to all the residents for your resilience through this ordeal.
While we are ending our regular updates, we know that there are ongoing concerns from some residents about the safety and cleanliness of their units. Toronto Public Health and MLS Property Standards continue to visit 650 Parliament Street and have assured us that the building is safe.
Upon re-entry, residents should document any unit deficiencies through pictures and emails to the Landlord. I ask that you send any concerns about the condition of your unit directly to 311 and copy our office for support. Please see our resource page https://www.kristynwongtam.ca/tenants for more detailed information on your rights as a tenant and key contacts.
Toronto Public Health has provided my office with some tips for residents who are concerned that appliances that have been left unattended for 18 months and not cleaned could be a health hazard.
- Sanitize dishes and cutting boards by filling your sink with a solution of 5ml (1 tsp) bleach per 750 ml (3 cups) of water. Soak your dishes and cutting boards for at least 45 seconds and let them air dry completely before using.
- Sanitize countertops, tables, taps, sinks, meat slicers and other appliances with sanitizing spray. You can make your own by mixing 5 mL (1 teaspoon) of household bleach per 750 ml (3 cups) of water.
- Wash, rinse and sanitize cutting boards, utensils and food probe thermometers before re-using.
- Clean dishcloths, aprons and towels by running them through the washing machine.
We are asking the landlord to provide additional cleaning materials for residents so that you do not have to bear this additional cost.
As always, the residents of 650 Parliament Street remain one of my office's top priorities, and we continue to use what influence we have with your landlord to get them to respond to tenants who contact us and to answer questions that tenants bring to us.