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The Ontario Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) Has Changed

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

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Keeping Ontario Landlords Informed: Tenants who are the victims of sexual and domestic violence can now end their tenancy in 28 days 

Successful Ontario landlords know the importance of following the rules and laws for running a successful rental businesses. We also know to follow the rules you need to be aware of them.

Sometimes that can be a challenge. Most small residential Ontario landlords have full-time jobs.  Our members aren’t large corporations with full-time staff and stocks and bonds.

We have members who are nurses, teachers, Toronto fire-fighters, carpenters, plumbers, professional athletes (including some famous ones), lawyers, doctors, electricians, full time Mums and Dads, receptionists, dentists, and investors who don’t even live in Canada (but have invested a lot of money, hired property managers and created terrific rentals.)

With such busy lives it can be hard to keep track of changes that are important for our professional and service-oriented landlords.

This is another way the OLA helps out because we reach a huge audience of small landlords across Ontario and let them know about important changes. For example, we still have Mississauga landlords thanking us for letting them know about the changes to the landlord licensing system in that city.

At first glance the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) can look very complicated and even intimidating. The reality is the RTA is complicated and can be a bit scary for new landlords (and even for some vets).

Over the years we’ve had thousands of small residential landlords from across the province contact us for help and assistance.

This is one of the reasons why the OLA has been asking the government to improve the Residential Tenancies Act to help small landlords and encourage more investment in rental properties in Ontario.

The RTA Has Changed in 2016

There has been a change in the RTA recently.  It’s a change to help victims of sexual and domestic violence be able to escape bad situations.

Many of our landlord members were tenants at one point in our lives. Or they have relatives or friends who rent now.  They recognize this is a positive changes to help tenants in trouble and our membership agrees with helping tenants who are honestly in abusive and  dangerous situations.

Our members want to rent out high quality, legal rental units, to all the good tenants out there and be great landlords. We encourage rule changes, to help good tenants and to help good landlords.

New Notice Allows Victims of Sexual and Domestic Violence To End Tenancy in 28 Days

There has been a change is section 47.1 of the Residential Tenancies Act. Tenants who are the victims of sexual or domestic violence can now end their tenancy in just 28 days if they think they or a child living with them might be harmed or even injured if they don’t get out of the rental property.

Tenants in this type of situation can give notice at any time during the duration of their tenants.In order to do this the tenant must give the landlord 2 documents.

(a) Tenants Notice to End Tenancy because of Fear of Sexual or Domestic Violence and Abuse (Form N15)

Landlords (and all the tenants who read here) can get more information here.

(b) Tenant’s Statement about Sexual or Domestic Violence and Abuse.

Landlords and tenants can get more information here.

(c) Court Order

Tenants can also give the landlord a copy of the court order. For example, they can give you a copy of a peace bond or a restraining order).

Successful Ontario Landlords Know The Rules and Follow Them

Make sure you are aware and follow the laws and rules for landlords in Ontario. We encourage and welcome changes to help tenants.  We also want to encourage some changes to help all the good landlords in this province.

The OLA is the voice of small residential landlords so if you have any ideas for change to your business and encourage other to invest in rentals in Ontario please let us know and we will present it to the Ministry.

We all have the goal to create rules and procedures that promotes and protects both good tenants and good landlords and improves the residential rental industry in Ontario.

Let’s continue to make positive and important changes to the Residential Tenancies Act and the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board for both tenants and small residential landlords.

Mississauga Landlord Licensing 2016 – Make Sure Your Rental Is Licensed

Friday, January 8th, 2016

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Mississauga Landlords and Landlord Licensing 2016

We continue to have lots of Mississauga landlords contact us for information regarding landlord licensing in their city.

We wrote about this when City of Mississauga and Landlord Licensing, and now it’s 2016 and we have more advice from the always helpful Mickey Frost, Director of Enforcement, City of Mississauga.

We would again like to thank Mr. Frost for his cooperation helping us educate landlords in the city.

Has Anything Changed for the Mississauga Landlords in 2016 Regarding the Bylaw?

The requirements for obtaining a second unit licence have not changed under the Second Unit Licensing Bylaw 204-13, as amended. The licensing fees as listed in Schedule 1 of this bylaw will remain in effect for 2016.

How Many Units Have Been Licensed So Far?

As of December 21, 2015, a total of 121 second unit licences (97 Owner Occupied and 24 Investment Dwellings) have been issued and approximately 129 applications (107 Owner Occupied and 22 Investment Dwellings) are currently pending at various stages in the process. A list of licensed second units can be downloaded and viewed on Mississauga Data. Information on licensed second units is updated weekly (last update: December 18, 2015).

Tenants can report safety concerns or unlicensed second units by calling our Citizen Contact Centre at 3-1-1 (if within City limits) or 905-615-4311 (if outside City limits), Monday to Friday between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. or by email at bylaw.enforcement@mississauga.ca. Please note that City offices will be closed on December 24th at noon to January 3, 2016 inclusive.

Should you require additional information or assistance on this matter, please contact Mr. Douglas Meehan, Manager of Compliance and Licensing Enforcement, by telephone at (905) 615-3200, ext. 5676 or by email at douglas.meehan@mississauga.ca.

Here are some questions from landlords on the Ontario Landlords Association forum:

1.”I want to buy a house in Mississauga with an existing bsmt apartment. What happens if the Tenant moves in, doesn’t want to pay and reports the apartment to the City as illegal. ? Do I go to jail? Do I Pay fine?”

All residential properties that contain a second unit are required to be licensed.  If a property owner is found to be operating an unlicensed second unit for which they refuse to obtain a licence they will be charged with a Provincial Offence and may be subject to a fine upon conviction.  To avoid penalties apply for and obtain a Second Unit Licence before the tenant moves in.

2. “As far as I know there was only 1 Licence issued in 2014 but almost every second house in Mississauga has illegal bsmt apt. Is this bylaw serious or just a joke? Am I stupid to obey this or just wasting my money when they don’t really care about basement apartments!”

All residential properties that contain a second unit are required to be licensed.  If a property owner is found to be operating an unlicensed second unit for which they refuse to obtain a licence they will be charged with a Provincial Offence and may be subject to a fine upon conviction.  The City of Mississauga takes the licensing of second units very seriously.  Property owners who fail to obtain a licence will be charged and if found guilty may be subject to a fine of $25,000 for an individual or $50,000 for a corporation.  Currently the City of Mississauga is processing approximately 250 properties seeking a licence.

3.”Mississauga needs affordable housing. Is the City after penalty or they treat the landlord with respect and work to help him make the second unit affordable and safe ?”

The City’s priority is to ensure that second units meet the health and safety regulations in the Ontario Building Code and the Ontario Fire Code.  The licensing system was designed to do this so that second units may provide a safe housing option for the public.  City staff are committed to working with property owners to assist them through the process of obtaining a licence to help make these homes safe.

4.”Can I apply for Licence while tenant lives in the apartment ?”

Yes, if there is a tenant in place the tenant may remain while the property owner is actively engaged in obtaining a licence.  To avoid penalties apply for and obtain a Second Unit Licence before the tenant moves in.  All residential properties that contain a second unit are required to be licensed.  If a property owner is found to be operating an unlicensed second unit for which they refuse to obtain a licence they will be charged with a Provincial Offence and may be subject to a fine upon conviction.

5. “Why is the fee so high?”

The fees for licences are based upon cost recovery.  The process through which second units are licensed is labor intensive and involves initial and ongoing periodic inspections, processing of applications, maintenance of records related to the second units, and the investigation of complaints related to both licensed and unlicensed second units.

Mississauga landlords is your rental property licensed?

Make sure you follow the laws and make your rental unit safe and legal in 2016.

And make sure you get the services and tools you need to make sure you rent to good tenants in 2016.

City of Mississauga and Landlord Licensing

Friday, October 10th, 2014

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Mississauga Landlords – Do You Know Landlords Need To Get a City Licence in 2014? Read Our Interview With Mickey Frost, Director of Enforcement for the City of Mississauga

Mississauga landlords know they live in a dynamic and growing city.

With a growing population there is increased demand for high quality rental housing. This means many home-owners are renting out basement apartments to good tenants who are looking for safe and affordable housing.

Some Mississauga landlords are unaware of the need to get a license from the City if you are renting out your basement or other part of your home.

We wrote about this before in an article last year called “Mississauga Landlords Ask: What’s Going On With Landlord Licensing?

This has led to hundreds of emails and even more posts in the Ontario Landlords Private Members forum from landlords asking a multiple of questions about how the law applies to them.

It’s important that Mississauga landlords are aware of the requirements to rent out property and follow the rules carefully. This way tenants are assured of safe rental properties.

In an effort to help get the message you we interviewed Mickey Frost the Director of Enforcement for the City of Mississauga.

We thank Mr. Frost for his time and want to help get his important message out to Mississauga landlords:

Why does Mississauga require small landlords get a licence when big cities such as Toronto do not?

Mississauga City Council approved a plan to permit second units on July 3, 2013.

The plan includes official plan policies, zoning regulations and licensing requirements.

The official plan policies permit second units within detached, semi-detached and townhouse dwellings, where appropriate. 

Part of this plan included a requirement to licence second units. This was initiated to ensure that these units meet health and safety requirements, property standards requirements and are compliant with the Ontario Fire and Building Codes. 

The licensing system also provides a mechanism through which ongoing inspections can take place to ensure that the secondary units are maintained and meet the requirements of City of Mississauga By-laws.

As to why Toronto has chosen not to pursue a licensing regimen for second units, we would be unable to address that question.

What is the reason we need to get a licence in Mississauga?

The Second Unit Licensing By-law 2014-13, as amended, Section 2 (1) requires that:

No Person shall own or operate a Second Unit unless the Person is licensed under this By-law.”

If I don’t have a landlord licence and apply for one now will I be punished?

Mississauga City Council approved a plan to permit second units on July 3, 2013. The plan includes official plan policies, zoning regulations and licensing requirements.

The official plan policies permit second units within detached, semi-detached and townhouse dwellings, where appropriate. 

Part of this plan included a requirement to licence second units. This was initiated to ensure that these units meet health and safety requirements, property standards requirements and are compliant with the Ontario Fire and Building Codes.

Property owners who fail to obtain a second unit licence may be charged with an offence under the by-law and if found guilty are liable to a fine of not more than $25,000 for an individual or $50,000 for a corporation.

Can my basement be ‘grandfathered’ in? I did lots of improvements years ago to make my unit “safe”.

There is no “grandfathering” provision contained in the by-law.

If a second unit is present in a residential property, a license is required.

Question: Do I have to pay a licensing fee every year?

Yes. The required license is valid for one year and must be renewed every year.

If I have a tenant who doesn’t pay rent do I still have to pay for a licence even though I don’t get rent?

Yes.

Is there any way I can lose my landlord licence?

The Manager has the authority to refuse to issue or renew a licence. This is identified in Section 8 of the Second Unit Licensing By-law 2014-13 as amended.

What happens if a vindictive tenant calls the city of Mississauga by-laws and claims my licensed unit is unsafe? Will I lose my license?

No If a complaint is received, a Municipal Law Enforcement Officer will be assigned and will investigate to determine its validity and take any action that is necessary.

Do big rental buildings require a landlord licence?

No, “big rental buildings” are not eligible for second unit licences. Second units are only permitted in a detached house, a semi-detached house or a row house.

How can I get a Mississauga landlord licence fast? 

Please visit the City’s website for the process to obtain a licence.

http://www.mississauga.ca/portal/residents/housingchoicessecondunits

Mississauga Landlords Make Sure You Get a License For Your Rental Unit

Thank you Mr. Frost for helping us get the message out.

Make sure your rental property is legal and safe. Use a good tenant screening including tenant credit checks to make sure you find great tenants for your legal and safe rental apartment.

Mississauga Landlords Ask – What’s Going On With Landlord Licensing?

Friday, October 18th, 2013

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Mississauga Landlords Have Questions and We Have Answers

We are happy to report more and more Mississauga landlords are networking and sharing knowledge, news and advice in 2013.

Mississauga is the 6th largest city in Canada. It’s vibrant and growing fast. And so is the rental market.

Growth means more people looking for safe, high quality rental housing.

Opportunities and Challenges

More tenants leads to more people either becoming residential landlords or thinking about it.

With lots of qualified tenants coming to Mississauga it’s a great time to be a landlord.

It’s important landlords are aware of the opportunities to invest in Mississauga rental properties.

It’s also important to take great care in making sure you know the rules and laws. If you don’t you can face some big challenges.

For example, look at what happened when a Mississauga landlord demanded a tenant pay a year of rent upfront.

Licensing Mississauga Landlords

One of those challenges is landlord licensing.

Staring on January 2, 2014 Mississauga landlords will be required to get a government issued license for their secondary suites. The aim of the program is to ensure second units are safe.

Questions and More Questions

We’ve received a lot of emails with questions about this program.

There is lots of helpful information on the City website. We informed our members to start there.

However, many of our members still had important questions about licensing beyond the city website.

We contacted the City of Mississauga and their helpful staff provided important answers to the most common questions sent to us.

Mississauga Landlord Licensing Questions

(1) Can apartments be grandfathered? 

     If they are grandfathered, does that mean they don’t need to be licensed?

Effective January 2, 2014, all second units in Mississauga require a license under Second Unit Licensing By-law 204-13 to ensure they are safe.

Second units that were permitted under previous legislation may considered to be ‘grandfathered” subject to having received applicable approvals such as compliance with the Fire Code or Building Permit approval and can produce these approvals.

These “grandfathered” units will still require a license under By-law 204-13.


(2) If the property owner doesn’t live upstairs in a unit with a basement apartment, but

     a relative does, how does this influence the licensing fee?

It does not affect the licensing fee.

If the owner lives in the dwelling, an application for a license for an owner-occupied dwelling can be submitted to the City.

The license fee for a second unit in an owner- occupied dwelling is $500 with annual renewal fee of $250. 

If the owner does not live in dwelling, an application for an investment dwelling will need to be submitted to the City. The requirement to live on the property only applies to the owner registered on title and not relations.

The license fee for a second unit for an investment dwelling is $1000 with an annual renewal fee of $500. 


(3) If a property cannot meet licensing requirements and the tenant has to move out, will the city

     provide the tenant compensation or will that be up to the landlord (if the tenant demands it)?

The City will not provide compensation if the owner cannot meet licensing requirements.

These properties will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis

(4) Does licensing allow a tenant in a licensed property to call the city if they have complaints?

A tenant can call the City at any time regarding a rented second unit, before or after the unit has been licensed.

Many complaints to the City gets are from tenants.


(5) Can a license be revoked? If so how?

A license can be revoked.

Some of the circumstances when a license might be revoked are if the terms of the license are not being met, if complaints are not being addressed or if there is a safety issue.

The Second Unit Licensing By-law has specific provisions which set out the reasons in which a License may be revoked including advising the applicant or licensee in writing of the reasons for the revocation and how the decision to revoke can be appealed.

Professional Landlords Get Ready

We would like to thank the City of Mississauga staff for their assistance in helping our Mississauga landlord membership get a better understanding of landlord licensing and help them prepare for it.

Good tenants appreciate professional landlords who follow the rules.

Make sure you are ahead of the curve and make sure you know the regulatory environment you face and how to meet these regulations. January 2, 2014 is just around the corner.

Potential Mississauga Landlords

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

March 2nd, 2012

 

Mississauga Councillor Calls Meeting over Basement Apartments a “Success”

A recent report out of Mississauga, Ontario stated that over thirty people attended a meeting for the public last week at the Community Centre located in Malton.

The meeting was set for residents to offer their views to the government of Mississauga, as it attempts to create polices on how to government basement apartments.

The Councillor for Ward 5, Bonnie Crombie, said:

“The legitimization, regulation and enforcement of second units is long overdue, but before we proceed we must ensure we strike the right balance and develop a made-in-Mississauga solution. There are a lot of elements to consider, including the impact on City services, safety and building code, and parking, to name just a few. However, the benefits of second units in terms of additional income and increased affordable housing options are very attractive.”

Secondary apartment are not legal in Mississauga under current legislation.  However, the McGuinty Liberal government recently passed legislation require every municipality in Ontario to allow second units.

Wait a minute!

Where is the Mississauga government’s attempt to educate small business landlords on the perils of renting out their newly “legal” basement units?

The Ontario Landlords Association has many members who have “horror stories” about renting out their basements.  Has the Mississauga government made sure to tell potential landlords of what they will face under the current laws of Dalton McGuinty’s Ontario Liberal goverment.

The Ontario Landlords Association has a message to all potential landlords in Mississauga, Ontario.

The message is:

Research, study, and get to know the current Liberal legislation on rental properties.

Network with other landlords who have experience in the industry.

Contact other landlords directly without the filter of the real estate agents and legal reps who will encourage to fail.

Join the discussion on the most popular landlord forums in Canada

http://ontariolandlord.ca/forum/viewtopic.php?f=81&t=6823&sid=e6e2e976352477e9c9826f1b3c9f1e36