Right of Entry Bylaw (formerly “Right to Access”)
On October 30 2008, Council adopted a new harmonized “Right of Entry” by-law – one that is a great improvement over previously existing by-laws.
Our thanks goes to the four city residents (Eileen Denny, Hilde Reis-Smart, David Bawden and Bobby Burton) , working on their own time and at their own expense who played a key role in protecting citizens. They are largely responsible for the new by-law which permits entry in a more fair and even-handed manner with appropriate assignment of responsibilities. The beneficiaries of their work are the people of Toronto. Under the previous rules, if there was a problem, it was left up to the neighbour to resolve or take the offending party to court.
A brief summary of the new by-law:
- a permitting system which provides for significant input by the neighbour whose property is to be used;
- the requirement that the accessing party provide a security deposit;
- the ability of the City to issue orders to comply and to remedy damages at the accessing party’s expense; and
- City inspections.
For full details see the staff report at http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2008/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-16049.pdf.