The Town of Oakville has investigated the potential of implementing a new residential rental housing licensing by-law in 2017. Our goal was to ensure low-rise residential rental housing is safe, suitable and well maintained. We wanted to consider both the needs of property owners and residents looking for rental housing. Under this by-law, there would be a requirement for landlords to apply for a licence and renew it each year.
A staff report to Planning and Development Council on November 6 presented information on the nature and impacts of the local residential rental housing market, and recommended a regulatory framework for residential rental regulations in Oakville,
Members of the public were invited to attend the P&D council meeting to learn more and share their thoughts. The report with attached by-law was not approved by Council and with this, licensing will not be required for any residential properties. Lodging houses continue to require a business licence. See the Business Licensing by-law for greater detail.
In May 2017,town staff consulted with the public through an open house to discuss various issues relating to residential rental licensing such as safety, regulations and enforcement, and neighbourhood impact. Display boards from the open house are available offering more information on key facts identified by staff along with the public comments noted.
Since 2006 “lodging houses” in the Town of Oakville have required a licence. At that time, the Municipal Act 2001 limited municipalities to licensing and regulating lodging houses only. A “lodging house” is usually a house or building in which individual rooms are rented to people who do not function as a single housekeeping unit. It is just one of several types of residential rental accommodation.
A recent review indicates that residential rental housing is impacting some Oakville neighbourhoods. Existing lodging house regulations do not apply to all rental types resulting in inconsistencies in the enforcement of regulations. In response, Town Council asked staff to develop options that enhance tenant health and safety and protect and maintain stability of residential areas.
On November 7, 2016, council directed staff to draft a residential rental housing licensing by-law. The proposed by-law would create categories of licenses for residential rental housing. These categories could include single housekeeping units as well as lodging houses. The expanded licensing program can improve the town’s ability to ensure residential rental housing is safe, suitable and well maintained.
The following are possible licensing requirements for Class A – Whole Home:
The following are possible licensing requirements for Class B – Non-Owner Occupied
The following are possible licensing requirements for Class C – Owner Occupied:
The following are possible licensing requirements for Class D – Lodging House:
Please note the following requirements will apply for licence renewals
The following will be required only if there has been a change:
Licensing requirements for all classes of residential housing: