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TCH bans window A/C units from its buildings

Two window air-conditioning units are seen in this file photo. CITYNEWS

Toronto Community Housing (TCH) has banned window air conditioning systems from its buildings after a toddler died last month when an A/C unit fell eight storeys.

According to the new rules, tenants are no longer allowed to install a window air conditioner, and any A/C systems not supported by a balcony will be removed by the end of the year.

“Going forward, staff will no longer provide consent to tenants who request permission to install a window air conditioner in their home. Tenants who currently have a window air conditioner contained within a balcony may continue to use them until further notice,” TCH said in a release on Tuesday.

The two-year-old girl died on Nov. 11 when an air conditioning unit became dislodged from the eighth floor of a building near Lawrence Avenue and Scarborough Golf Club Road.

TCH began taking down about 6,000 window units from its multi-storey buildings on Nov. 28 and intends to have them all removed by Christmas.

Soon after, TCH will also start removing window A/C units from its townhomes.

The corporation said any units that are taken down will be replaced with a floor model at no charge to the tenant.