1276 Islington Ave
Toronto, ON M9A

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As the posts below make it clear, this building has a HUGE BUG/ROACHES problem.

We lived there for 2 years, long enough to know that the building management has NO intentions to solve the cockroach problem.
We were finding AT LEAST 5 cockroaches daily (in the kitchen, bathroom and even corridor walls!!). Disgusting.

We reported this to the superintendents, who 'sprayed' the apartment on almost a monthly basis and this resulted in absolutely no improvements. When we

wanted to speak to the management, we were told the management would find a way to blame the cockroach problem on us. Apparently it has happened before.

Speaking to the other tenants, we realized we were all having this issue, we were receiving letters in our mailbox to petition and this lead nowhere either.

We attempted to fight the roaches problem with conventional approaches (filling in wall cracks, spaying almost daily, keeping the apartment spotless clean), which also lead nowhere.

Our hope is that posting this information prevents other future tenants to go through this disgusting experience.

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Save yourself a headache and avoid this place at any cost!
Cockroaches, bed bugs and who knows what else live with you in the apartment. This building should be closed and fixed all its problems asap!
Also, the water is shutdown almost every week for 2 days from 9-5 which is pretty inconvenient.

This building is absolutely infested with bugs. It's beyond disscusting. They are even crawling up the walls in the hallways I put a work order in to spray the apartment and the notice advised us to pack everything and move furniture away don't be walls so they could treat. We emptied the kitchen and moved all the furniture to the middle of the rooms like mentioned in the notice. Well turns out that was a huge waste of time because they only did under the sink!!!! And it didn't even hel

p!!! We still had them. I mentioned to the super and she said they need to do it again. I have a baby! I don't have time to pack up everything every month for your ineffective treatments.

My fiancé had to go buy expanding foam because we found huge holes all over the apartment. We have sealed everything we could find and we still get one every once Ina while. We even sealed the vent in the kitchen because I saw them crawling out of it. And it's right over the stove!!! I was so discusted by the though that what ever was up there could fall into out food. So far we haven't seen as many, but it may just be the cooking weather.

Water is turned off every week for two days during the week. And when ever it is turned back on, we get huge chunks of rust coming out of the taps. And we always get clogged shower heads and faucets because of the big rust pieces.

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I moved in here a year ago November and due to the lease I am stuck for an additional 2 weeks until the lease is up. This place ruined my life .. being only 22 I work very hard for a beautiful home but regardless of how nice tou flip these apartments .. youre not the only tenant . There is an absolute INFESTATION of cockroaches .. in the fridge the kitchen bathroom and sometimes even in the bed. I have contacted toronto health services who are working on it so they claim however the prblem has y

et to go away. I kill at least 20 a day ans that's even with all the bleach we use to clean daily. DON'T EVER MOVE IN IT WILL RUIN YOUR LIFE !! And in addition to the ridiculous amount of insects crawling thru your home ... the water is also shut off every Tuesday and Wednesday from 9-5 . You're better off living in a cardboard box I swear to you it's absolutely DISGUSTING

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I just moved in one of the apartments on 10th floor last week in 1276 Islington Avenue and I am already regretting my decision.It seemed to be extremely beautiful place from outside, however when you live there you discover the truth. There are bedbugs all around my bedroom. I have more than 50 bites on my body within 3 days and now I am even scared to sleep anymore in that bedroom. There are cockroaches all around the place. I would strongly recommend to never ever rent a place in that building

. It is extremely dangerous and now I am clueless what to do next.

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Will show them in the office after.

I almost want to have someone else go and ask them after if anyone has found bedbugs here so that they can lie to them just like they lied to me.

About two weeks ago there was a notice in the hallway saying the building was being sprayed for bedbugs. When they came into my clean bug free apartment I said "how do you know you aren't bringing them in by visiting every unit?" And they said "there have been no bugs found in the building this is just precaution."

A week later I woke up with about eight bites on my arm. The next night bites on my kids and about ten more on myself. Now a week has passed and I have over forty bites. Tonight m

y son said "look a cockroach in the bed" (this place is INFESTED with roaches) and when my husband went to look it was a Bedbug. I AM SO ANGRY. we have never had bedbugs before and always lived in houses and been clean and bite free. We moved here a year ago and have been killing about thirty cockroaches a day and have been HORRIFIED about that. Now they came into our unit to spray for bugs that we certainly didn't have and brought those bugs in with them from other peoples dirty apartments and my children and I are getting eaten. I don't even know what to do or how to move out of here now without taking then with us.

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I had a bad experience with this apartment, the whole unit is full of bed bugs. I will not suggest this place even to my worst enemy.

I have lived in this building since January 2014 and we do have cockroaches. You don't see them during the day, however any time you enter the kitchen at night you will see a few. The building managers are great about getting workers in to put down poison whenever requested, however the methods used don't seem very effective.

I moved in in March of 2014. They never made any mention of the cockroach situation. Once the apartment was empty the day before I moved in I noticed roaches. I shouldn't have moved but everything was packed at my previous house.
I went to management right away and they looked surprised. But it was an act, they knew full well the level of roaches.
I have lived there almost a year now and h problem seems to be getting worse. Bigger and faster roaches are always appearing. I keep my apt clean,

washed and disinfected with bleach every night. I have spent over $100 on caulking and sealed every crack, in every drawer, cupboard and baseboard. It does nothing. Every morning at 5 I wake up and at least 5 try to run when I turn on the bathroom light, I kill them, an at least 5 more are in the kitchen. If I leave any light off try come out. So my apt is always lit when I can now.

Please don't ever move here, I'm out in a month or two and I'm so relieved. Your life will be ruined.

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Definitely cockroaches in this apartment - I kill about 5 or 10 per day. Have seen them crawling around in bathroom too. Management have come and sprayed a few times (each time we have to take EVERYTHING out of the kitchen cupboards and EVERYTHING out of the bathroom.) They still come back. I have complained to the super but haven't had any satisfaction. I wish so much that I could move from here - first chance I get I am gone!!

This building is absolutely infested with cockroaches. I cannot cook, I feel sick even thinking about eating something from the kitchen.

I haven't experienced bedbugs here - the bedroom is miraculously clean - but with this level of infestation I have no trouble believing that that's an issue here as well.

The building seems to have biweekly treatments (extermination company) but I have seen absolutely no improvement with any of the treatments. I think that the issue is most likely non-c

ompliance from other tenants. These raids involve moving absolutely everything out of the kitchen and bathroom and it's so bad now that we don't even put things back because there will just be another ineffective extermination in a week or so.

I'm beyond my limit here. I'm scared all the time and uncomfortable and disgusted.

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ive moved since then life is normal omg never lived like that in my life life is now back to normal have to rewarn you as the public please be careful u sell a condo be careful where you move i am happy where i life not one bug dint bring them here took major caution lived in boxes there for 24 days and they had the gull to say i can move back in 1 years lol omg this was hell for 24 days never had to move in that short of time please take my warning serioius omg never had to come back and re i

nput the hell we went through
love you all be careful public hugs

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i reported on 09/09/12 im moved life is back to normal able to cook in the first time in 3 weeks
uhauled it out of here to a new renovated apartments no bugs business back up and running took week off work to get this done the dog is happy life is back to normal i still looking for spots in my eyes moving this is tramautic take it from me dont move there i said i will commit suicide they broke the lease then said my lawyer is writning up paperwork after sold the condo i have lots of money to

go to court they wrote me a chatel you can sue me or they cant sue me they are f****** bast**** there please be aware of this i have in writing make sure you cover your tracks to break the lease good luck if you got suckered in there best of luck i praid to got and he answered believe in god cause there is

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Mangement in this building brought in a fridge and stove and put it in my unit 2 days before i moved in...used of course and filled with cock roaches..i have sprayed and sealed all cracks in kitchen but the cock roaches still come.15 days here and over 400 cock roaches...i am moving and i dont care about their damn contract for a year. I asked if there was cock roaches or bed bugs and they said no...in 15 days i see many people moving out and my turn is in 10 days...Please dont move in there all

they do is lie and the cleaners there don't clean just look after the outside...only thing nice about this address is the front of the building.

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oh my god the first weekend 250 cock roaches and after 10 days 400 this place if infected beyond human living no not ever move here just trust me do not ever live here i had to break the lease i said i will commit suicide if you dont break the lease so will be out of this hell hole in 2 weeks or sooner PLEASE DO NOT MOVE HERE OR YOU WILL HAVE POST TRAMATIC SYNDROME YOUR LIFE WILL BE RUINED PLEASE READ ME RIGHT OK ALL WHO FIND THIS ON THE INTERNET TAKE IT AS A MAJOR 5 STAR WARNING


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Okay, so here's the deal.

I moved into this building in January. Since the end of May I've seen at least one cockroach a week, but only two in my unit in that time frame. In the last week alone I have found two cockroach nymphs by the door of the garbage shoot on the 7th floor in the morning, one dead cockroach, and yesterday alone on my way out in the morning I found my very first bed bug - in the hallway while waiting for the elevator.

I'm very paranoid about the amount of insects in t

his building so I'm constantly looking around for bugs. I was waiting for the elevator and noticed something tiny crawling across the floor of the 7th floor, and took a closer look and immediately could tell it was a bed bug crawling towards the elevator. I informed the landlord that I had found a bed bug in the hall way, and therefore that somebody on the 7th floor must have them. His response was simply, "I dunno, I dunno" even after I told him he had to find out who it was. NOT a good start to my day. (I am constantly checking my unit out of paranoia, and I definitely do not have bed bugs myself.)

To top it off, I came home late last night (it was a Friday) and the elevators opened up on the 7th floor only for me to be greeted by an adult, very fast cockroach sitting in the door frame of the elevator. (It ran off before my boyfriend could kill it.)

This is ridiculous. No one should have to encounter this many bugs in the common areas of their apartment building. And what are the landlords doing about it? Nothing. He cleans floors on the 1st floor every morning, but that's about it.

I wish I could meet someone else in this building that's as frustrated as I am about this problem!

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Do not live here. I've tried. The roaches/bed bugs never really go away. Just periods of not seeing them for awhile. It's basically impossible to seal off your apartment. I have to plug my sinks every time I'm not using them. It's absurd the amount you pay here for these living conditions. I am blown away health officials have not stepped in.

There is a box spring outside the building by the dumpster this morning with bed bugs feces and some bugs on it. There is no damage otherwise to the box spring, or writing notifying people of bed bugs.

If one person in the building has them, what's the chances of everyone else getting them?

This msg is for the last comment that was made. What should you do? Of course you should report this incident the moment you notice the bugs. If not you are apart of the reason our building remains to have a problem. Even if you only see one you need to report it asap!

saw 2 roaches in the last 15 hours. moved in 3 weeks ago. i believe it's because i left the sink unplugged with dirty dishes in it for 2 hours (without water sitting in the sink/dishes) while i went out. came back home to do the dishes and noticed the first adult one on the wall behind the sink. it ran and i didnt get a chance to do anything about it besides pour boric acid all over it before it hid behind my stove. finished the dishes, and plugged the sink. went to bed stressed out. woke up and

found a baby roach on the wall by the kitchen doorway. the only way the roaches could have gotten in would have been from the kitchen drain when i left in unplugged. should i inform management? how do i go about this? please respond! i dont know what i should do.

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To the two people that posted on January 5th,
Thank you for your input. I recently moved in here and my biggest concern was the rumors of bed bugs. I'm terribly afraid of if there will be roaches in my apartment, I don't like bugs!

January 5th, 2012.
There are not bed bugs here that i have noticed. But there are roaches.
And as for the person who says that you have to have a pristine house to get roaches. Wrong.

The issue is this:
My boyfriend and I are immaculate to try to keep the roaches away - dishes are done immediately, no open food is left out, beer bottles are rinsed and put on the balcony - we have even gone as far as to duct tape the base boards around the floors and cupboards with white duct tape to try to

eliminate entry.
The problem is, while you can control your own apartment, you can't control the apartment of neighbours around you - the landlord here has tried spraying and putting the gel in the cupboards, but if they spray in one apartment and it gets rid of them - they just move onto the next.

We didn't see roaches at all UNTIL the landlord started spraying and then they showed up and havent left since. I saw 2 in my apartment and 1 in the hallway just last night, January 4th. They are a mixture of baby and full grown roaches.

Theyre not detrimental to living here - the apartment isnt over run, and we've only ever seen them near the kitchen of course - but it is still a nuisance and pretty gross.

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I 100% don't agree with this. I've been living here for almost 2 years and although I have had Minor problems with roaches, I have never once had a bed bug problem. Anyone who says their house was pristine and still got roaches is lying, they're attracted to food/crumbs. The only time I have an issue with roaches is when I accidentally leave food out at night.

Is there still bed bugs here? Signed the lease a few weeks back, moving in very soon. I wish I did my research before hand...

As of December 19th, 2011 there is still an enormous roach problem. I keep my apartment immaculate, cleaning with bleach. No matter how tidy or clean you are, they still come into your apartment. I came here because of its proximity to the subway. Would never have moved in if I knew. If you complain, management comes in with non-toxic goo, it does nothing. Now I've got brown goo in my cupboards and hinges and roaches. Thanks.

lived in this building between Aug 2010 and Aug 2011. They didn't come at first but after the first couple of months roaches started to show up. We kept our appt immaculate but they were in the walls and there was nothing we could do. They owned the place. Put out my roach killers/traps,tons would die and there were always more.
I only mention roaches as that's all I believe I had to deal with, didn't have bed bugs luckily.
at the time I was moving out they were finally doing something about t

he bug issues but I'm not sure how effective it was, I wasn't there to see any changes. Would not recommend living here to anyone.

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June 2011 - September 2011

Horrible place to live, entire building is full of bedbugs and roaches.

Do not live here.

Management does nothing.

June 2011 - October 2011

well... this is very interesting.

Let me say this...

I was a tenant of 1276 Islington Ave. And I can for a fact attest that from the very 1st day I moved into this Bed bug infested building and not knowing that it was. I reacted very severely to them and even ended up with taking antibiotics because my reaction was severe.

I moved in on April 2009 and it was the worst decision of my life. I began probing and investigating this problem since management would deny the very fact sayin

g that they don't have a problem. I then later found out that there is significant problems with bed bugs in that building alone.

I had called the city to report the issue because of it. I worked with the health inspector who came to check into the matter and it took him only a matter of 2 minutes to find them in my apartment. The inspector then began trying to contact various tenant for inspection and there was discoveries made however since not all tenants are available to be reach during business hours for the inspector, I began my own door to door campaign on several floors of this building and then discovered on a couple of floors in which tenants having the problem was around as much as 60 percent of them on 1 floor alone.

Some of the floors I confirmed bedbugs were on the following floors had issues with them:


I did not check all tenants however there is in fact a big problem with them in this building.
What was most surprising was to watch one night with seeing bed bugs (a couple of them) crawling in from the main door entrance.

I even kept a sealed can of the ones I caught and personally showed them to the superintendant.
All I can say is that, I don't recommend nor encourage anyone to live there if you hate these little critters because from my own experience, I found management very passive in taking this matter seriously. Unless one barks significantly - only then do they action it more significantly.

Because of this nightmare, I have just moved out. I had to plan 3 months ahead of time just to do as much as possible to minimize the chances of taking this with me. Each box was packed air tight and completely sealed with tape so I pray to god that I will not be taking them with me. I've had to also proactively take additional precautions with regular spraying of specific chemicals that kill them and will still need to be vigilant with this even after moving and perform rigorous inspections and continuous vacumming of new place just to ensure I've done my best to eradicate these pesky nasty creatures from my life and home.

I hope my writing this will help others to become aware of this problem is clearly a problem for this building.


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I started to get bedbug bites about a month or two ago. I did not know they were bites - they weren't itchy! I found the bugs living on my bed frame. My unit does not have a severe problem, but some neighbours who moved out and left without furniture were completely infested. Furniture coated in blood, bb feces, and bedbugs (live and dead) are sitting in the trash area (not in a dumpster, not wrapped in plastic). The pile of furniture keeps growing too... so I'm sure there is a big problem with

the entire building. And to be honest, Im not convinced enough is being done to fix this. Building management has been difficult to deal with in regards to solving this, and I imagine most tenants aren't going to put up the fight thats needed to get this issue fixed.

I'm hoping with spraying, and steaming, I might be able to move out without having to dispose of my furniture. But I sure as heck won't take the bugs with me even if it means losing some belongings (that I can't afford to replace).

If you live in this building, and you have this problem, call Public Health at 416-338-7600. They can give you information about what you can do to help solve the problem, and infomation about what your landlord is required to do to solve the problem (which I must mention, it is recommended they spray for bugs a MINIMUM of 2 times, do not let management tell you otherwise!).

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