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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.