Town seeking input into proposed residential rental licensing by-law

Fri, 05 May 2017

Community Consultation: Learn more and have your say at May 16 open house

If you rent or lease out a house, a low-rise apartment (3-storeys or less), or even a room in your home, the Town of Oakville wants to hear from you. Community members are invited to an open house on Tuesday, May 16 to provide input into a proposed by-law to license residential rental housing. The goal of the proposed by-law is to ensure low-rise residential housing is safe, suitable and well maintained.

In developing the residential rental licensing by-law, the town wants to consider both the needs of property owners and residents looking for rental housing. Once approved, the by-law will expand the town’s licensing program to include those who rent or lease out a house, a low-rise apartment, or a room in a home.

“The current regulations don’t address many of the issues raised by residents in neighbourhoods that have been impacted by residential rental housing,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton “We are hoping to develop a by-law that will help the town enhance the health and safety of tenants while protecting and maintaining the stability of residential areas.”

During the open house landlords and tenants will learn about the proposed by-law’s rules and regulations and the different classes of licenses — whole home, non-owner occupied, owner occupied and lodging house. Staff will be on hand to answer questions and record feedback which will help develop the final by-law for Council to review in October.

The May 16 open house takes place in the Oakville/Palermo rooms at Town Hall, 1225 Trafalgar Road. Community members can drop in any time between 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.