Residents of theÂ fire-damagedÂ apartment tower on Parliament Street were granted access to the building to collect their belongingsÂ for a second day in a row on Tuesday, after the property manager revised a legal waiver that angered many the day before.
The new waiver is a simpler document that’s easier to understand, said David Eisenstadt, a representative forÂ the property management company at 650 Parliament.
“The objective is to get the tenants in as quickly as possible, and have them get their most important belongings,” said Eisenstadt.
Around 1,500 people were forced out of the St. James TownÂ highriseÂ last week after an electricalÂ fire sent thick plumes of smoke pouring out of multiple apartments. Tenants were told last week it may take several months before they can return to their apartments.
According to Toronto fire services, the building is still without electricity and has yet to be deemed safe, but the property management is making an exception to allow people to go in to collect possessions they left behind.Â
Several tenantsÂ were upset on Monday thatÂ the landlord demanded they sign a legal form before entering the building. If signed, the document would preventÂ residents from suing the management company if they wereÂ injured while inside the building.Â
First published at http://yourlegalrights.on.ca/news/landlord-revises-legal-form-displaced-parliament-street-apartment-residents