Where : 1765 and 1775 Weston Road
Who : Vincenzo Barrasso (formerly Weston Property Management)
What : More than 800 Municipal Licensing and Standards infractions and 150 work orders were issued from 2001 to 2005: broken elevators, problems with heating and plumbing, windows without screens, flood damage, handrails missing from stairways. The owner's failure to comply has resulted in the city laying 21 formal charges and imposing fines of more than $20,000. Things got so bad that 23 of 30 rent-geared-to-income tenants were transferred out by Toronto Community Housing Corporation. The owner has also been charged by Toronto Fire Services for failing to ensure that the firefighters' elevator is operational. It's a wonder these buildings haven't been condemned.
Where : 609 and 613 the East Mall
Who : Toronto Community Housing Corporation
What : TCHC, Canada's largest social housing provider, was quick to replace broken windows and doors at two of 11 buildings it manages in the Etobicoke-Lakeshore area after a "slum" tour sponsored by Parkdale Community Legal Services last month. Tenant activists agree that TCHC has been massively underfunded and that many of its problems stem from the province downloading responsibility for social housing onto the city. But what has them fuming more than the water leaking into hallways and holes in the ceiling is TCHC's outsourcing management of its properties to private outfits like Greenwin. Despite TCHC's own eviction prevention policy, vulnerable tenants are being turfed, tenant advocates say, under petty and questionable circumstances.
Where : 2667 and 2677 Kipling
Who : Vincenzo Barrasso (formerly Humber Property Management)
What : Some 120 property standards offences between 2000 and 2005, including fire code violations, structural damage to the underground parking garage, defective lighting, broken garbage chute doors and derelict vehicles. Security has also been a longstanding issue. At one time, a number of vacant apartments in these buildings were taken over by squatters. The city says maintenance has improved since a change of management, but as of last April 13 active work orders were still on file.
Where : 1011 Lansdowne
Who : Vincenzo Barrasso (formerly Lansdowne Property Management)
What : Some 54 work orders were issued between 2000 and 05, resulting in 12 convictions against the property owner and and fines totalling $12,000 for poor maintenance and property standards infractions. The building's squalid conditions, including problems with squatters, came into sharp focus a year ago after a prostitute fell from a seventh-floor window during a police sweep. The owner has refused to comply with work orders on a number of occasions. As of last April, five property standards orders were still before the courts.
Where : 500 Dawes
Who : Havcare Investments Ltd.
What : The city's apartment standards website shows only a handful of outstanding orders against the owners, but the site is new. Tenants trying to organize an association with the help of ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) listed a slew of complaints at a recent rally: crumbling ceilings, mould, roaches, sinks falling through counters, stairways without banisters and decades-old stoves that need replacing.