Members of the City’s Advisory Committee for Persons with Disabilities discussed the City’s new elevator maintenance by-law. There was much frustration expressed at the time frames for elevator repairs after an property standards order is issued to the landlord of a broken elevator.
I wrote last year about the underlying provincial regulations, and how Council’s inclusion of elevators in the Property Standards bylaw was a novel use of its powers under the Municipal Act.
The short: because elevators are not a vital service under the Residential Tenancies Act, the City can only rely upon its powers to order a repair with a 19-day compliance committee.
(Read my Feb 2016 piece “New Elevator Bylaw an Interesting Use of Municipal Property Standards Powers”)