Do you rent or lease out a house, a low-rise apartment (three-storeys or less) or even rent out a room in your home? Starting later this year, landlords of these types of accommodations may need a licence.
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May 16, 2017 - A public open house took place which encouraged dynamic discussion with staff on various topics relating to residential rental licensing. Visual display slides from the open house with key facts identified by staff are available for view with the public comments included.
The Town of Oakville is developing a new residential rental housing licensing by-law. Our goal is to ensure low-rise residential rental housing is safe, suitable and well maintained. We want to consider both the needs of property owners and residents looking for rental housing. Under this by-law, landlords will have to apply for a licence and renew it each year.
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: