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Stove and Fridge

Your apartment is unfurnished, but includes a kitchen stove and refrigerator. Both major appliances require some regular cleaning and maintenance for which you, the resident, are responsible. Your oven should be cleaned regularly with a cleaner as described in the "Canadian Green Consumer Guide" book or a commercial oven cleaner. If grease splatters on the walls or ceiling, please clean it! Grease and other food particles attract pests, and can result in fires or smoke. Stovetop elements and rings are removable and can be cleaned with oven cleaner. Many refrigerators in these buildings are not frost-free models. This means that you need to defrost your fridge monthly to ensure that it continues to operate properly.

How to Defrost Your Fridge
  • Turn the thermostat to the OFF position.
  • Remove all the contents of the fridge and freezer.
  • Leave the fridge door open so that the frost can melt. If you are impatient, or have perishable goods, you can place a pot of hot water in the freezer (see diagram) (so long as the pot is metal and not plastic) to speed the defrost process.
  • Do not ever use a sharp object to crack the ice -- if you puncture the wall of the freezer you will be held responsible for its replacement, which can be very costly.

Air Conditioners

All window mounted air conditioners must be installed and removed through the Residence Office at a cost paid for by residents. Please contact the Residence Office to book an appointment - this is required to ensure safe, secure and consistent installation.

It is strictly prohibited to install or remove an air conditioner yourself - this is in your lease and is *Not Negotiable*.

Please also note that:

You are permitted to have only one air conditioner in your apartment.

Air conditioners can only be installed in living rooms.

The maximum size is 23” wide x 17” high.

The voltage must be 120V.

The maximum cooling capacity is 8,000 – 10,000 Btu.

As outdoor temperatures begin to get warmer, please schedule your appointment to ensure your air conditioner is installed and ready to go.  We are not responsible for the condition of your air conditioner unit; therefore, we advise you to ensure the unit is in good operating condition before the window installation date.

Floor standing portable air-conditioner units are permitted in this residence. These units do not need to be installed by the residence contractor: it is the responsibility of the residence to endure the proper installation and maintenance of this unit as per the manufacturer's instructions. Only one portable air conditioner is allowed per unit. There are more details regarding this in the Residence Handbook. 

The safety of our residents and community members is extremely important to us. Remember that breaking the terms of your lease may lead to eviction.

If you have questions about the cost of an installation or removal or have questions about the procedure, please contact the Residence Office at or by phone at 416-978-8304 or in person. Thank you.

Prohibited Appliances

The conditions of your lease state that you are STRICTLY prohibited from installing any these of these appliances:
  • Additional heating units (e.g. baseboard heaters, space heaters)
  • Dishwashers
  • Washing machines
  • Dryers

The building water system cannot safely handle the load from washers and dishwashing machines. The use of these machines in your apartment creates a health hazard to you and your neighbours. If you are found to be storing one of these appliances in your apartment, it will be removed by Management and stored until you move out or are able to sell it to someone outside of the buildings.

More information is available in the Residents' Handbook

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