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Motion to license Ottawa landlords voted down by council

  • Sat, December 21, 2019 3:29 PM
    Reply # 8348806 on 8340349
    Christian Szpilfogel (Administrator)

    Indeed. The motion referred to was a subsequent motion to reinstate a pilot program for landlord licensing. The overall recommendation from the CPSC (Community and Protective Services committee) was approved which did not want landlord licensing. Menard and King tried to reintroduce this. At CPSC, Fleury tried the same thing.

    As you say, the existing mechanisms will continue BUT there will be focus (including additional staff) on problem buildings. They will focus initially on the 223 problem buildings which generate about 25% (!!!) of the by-law complaints.

    They have added an additional aspect. If your building receives a complaint and is justified then the re-inspection remains free but any subsequent re-inspection due to failure to fully remedy will be a $500 fee. This goes into effect shortly in the new year.

    If you have a violation then the proposed by-law will add you to publicly searchable database.

    There will also be a new property management bylaw which will require landlords to review and sign off with the tenant on instructions dealing with things such as parking and garbage. Intent is that the fine will go whomever actually causes the violation.

    Finally, the city will be adding a rental consumer protection web site to help tenants with knowledge and rights.

  • Fri, December 20, 2019 4:18 PM
    Message # 8340349

    This is very good news for Ottawa Landlords that manage quality rentals. 

    The existing mechanisms (bylaw, Landlord and Tenant Board,  etc) will remain the primary enforcement mechanism for those few landlords causing the majority of issues.

    From the Link Below:

    Staff say a registry would be expensive, ineffective and add another layer of bureaucracy.

    The City of Ottawa has decided not to licence landlords. 

    Council rejected the motion put forward by councillors Shawn Menard and Rawlson King by a vote of 14 to 7. The councillors, along with low-income tenant advocates like ACORN, hoped that licencing problem landlords would hold them accountable for the state of their properties.

    City staff said the risk with licencing landlords is that the costs get passed down to the tenants.

    "An average tenant in a low-income property could end up paying anywhere between $170 and close to $1,000," said Mayor Jim Watson, adding that "I don't think that's fair to penalize tenants."



    Thank you to those from OREIO that attended and presented the landlords perspective to the committee reviewing the proposal.

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