Committee votes to consult community about licensing rental housing

Guelph, ON, July 15, 2013 – Guelph’s Planning, Building, Engineering and Environment Committee has accepted staff’s recommendation to proceed with community consultation regarding a potential licensing program for rental housing.

“Staff presented three potential options to the committee, and we could see several more alternatives through the community consultation process,” said Committee Chair, Councillor Leanne Piper.

The matter will be considered by City Council on Monday, July 29 and, if approved, City staff will reach out to landlords, tenants, property owners, neighbours and community members to determine if a licensing program would help the City address community concerns in neighbourhoods with high concentrations of rental housing including:

  • health, safety, and well-being
  • neighbourhood destabilization and deterioration
  • disruptive behaviour
  • lack of information about rental housing stock and inequality among rental housing providers;
  • enforcement challenges
  • funding implications to various stakeholders, including the City tax base, landlords of rental properties and tenants

Community members hoping to address City Council during the meeting are invited to contact the City Clerk’s Office by Friday, July 26 at 9 a.m.

City Clerk’s Office

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