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

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.

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