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

Friday, October 18th, 2013

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.

Landlord Licensing Comes to London, Ontario

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

London Landlord Bylaw Wins Court Battle

November 1st, 2011


In what many people are saying is a trend which may spread to cities across Ontario, a judge in London, Ontario has upheld a bylaw that is said to target overcrowded and poorly maintained rental properties.

Tenant adovocates such as Neighbourhood Legal Services’ Jeff Schlemmer praised the ruling.

However, many small landlords note the bylaw only targets rentals with no more than four or less units and not larger buildings.

Furthermore, small landlords wanted justice by overturning the bylaw, which they felt was used vague, unclear language, contained provisions which clashed with Ontario legislation, and contradicted the Human Rights Code due to students and those on social assistance being disproportionately harmed.

The city established the licensing bylaw to address substandard housing and prevent overcrowding of rental units in residential neighbourhoods — a long-standing issue in areas near the University of Western Ontario and Fanshawe College


Key provisions of a London bylaw that requires smaller residential landlords to attain a licence:

  • Applies to rental properties with four or fewer units
  • Targets substandard housing and protects amenity, character and stability of residential areas
  • Landlord pays $25 fee annually for each rental property
  • Landlords fill out condition checklists, share the information with tenants and city hall.
  • Bylaw officers respond to complaints by tenants and enter buildings without permission so as long as they provide notice .
  • Maximum fine for a first conviction is $25,000 for a person and $50,000 for a corporation.

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Toronto Star: Are students the target of a new proposed rental bylaw? -May 2011

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

The Ontario Landlord Association is playing a role to protect landlords

May 20, 2011

Landlords who lease their rental properties in residential areas of Waterloo have concerns that a new bylaw requiring them to have a licence is too restrictive for them and their prospective tenants. (more…)

Waterloo the next city to license landlords

Friday, January 21st, 2011

WATERLOO — Waterloo proposes to become the first local city to regulate landlords who rent houses, charging them $1.2 million a year for rental licences.

Critics see it as a costly red-tape headache that will dissuade people from renting out bedrooms and houses.

“It’s really an attack on the Mom-and-Pop operation,” said Glenn Trachsel, of the Waterloo Regional Apartment Management Association. He predicts it will lead to a housing shortage.

Proponents say rental regulation will improve property standards and tenant safety.

“We know we have lots of rentals and we want to make sure that they’re all safe,” said Jim Barry, director of bylaw enforcement. “And by safe, we want to make sure that they’re safe for the people renting, and for the neighbourhood around them.”

Landlords would be charged fees ranging from $501 to $819 to secure a rental housing licence. Annual renewals would cost $231 to $405. Fees would pay all costs for rental regulation.

Apartment buildings are excluded due to higher provincial safety codes. The target instead is an estimated 5,000 houses, townhouses, and duplexes where bedrooms are rented out. This includes owners who rent out bedrooms in a house they still occupy.

Rentals would be capped at three bedrooms to reduce the impact of large rentals on neighbourhoods.

Campus-area challenges are driving the proposed regulations, unveiled Thursday following public consultation. Some rented homes are decaying in student neighbourhoods. The city has also had trouble enforcing licences it currently requires for lodging houses, which allow more than three tenants.

Regulation could provide helpful clarity around rental standards, said George Patton, president of the Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate Board. But there’s concern about the impact on landlords.

“Does this negatively impact whether or not people are prepared to invest?” Patton said. “If it does have a negative affect, it may have a ripple effect in terms of availability of accommodations for students.”

Regulation would require landlords to submit floor, maintenance and parking plans, provide proof of insurance and tenancy agreements, allow city staff to enter and inspect the units, and comply with codes and bylaws. Landlords could face $350 tickets for violating their licence.

Council could approve regulation in February after hearing delegations.

“We don’t want to jeopardize the business of rental housing,” Coun. Scott Witmer said. But tenant safety is also critical. “With that, sometimes there is a cost.”

Waterloo would be the first local city to license rental homes, following Oshawa, London and Mississauga. It’s a power municipalities received in 2007.

Licences for lodging houses would be phased out. Landlords could eventually secure licences for boarding houses, or drop down to three bedrooms. … l-licences