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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