Some changes may be coming to a Hamilton by-law and it’s thanks to climate change.
A city committee has approved reducing the numbers of months landlords must have the heat on in their apartments.
If it’s approved by city council on Friday, landlords would be forced to have the heat on from September 15 to May 15, down from the current August 31 to June 1.
Councillor Tom Jackson says the change is being made because it’s staying warmer longer and many seniors have complained that they still want their air conditioning units working in early September rather than having the heat on.
A staff report also indicated climate change and rising temperatures are to blame.
Arun Pathak, the President of Hamilton and District Apartment Association likes the move.
He calls it a green initiative that will save landlords a small amount of money.
But, he says he would have liked councillors to go a step further and reduce the minimum temperature in an apartment.
Right now, the minimum temperature in the unit must be 20 degrees.
Pathak would like to have seen it reduced to 19 or 18 degrees.