Guelph considers cost of licensing rental housing

Committee to review cost benefit analysis on July 15

GUELPH, ON, July 8, 2013 – Community members are invited to participate as Guelph’s Planning, Building Engineering and Environment Committee considers options for the City to license rental housing. A report showing how a licensing program could be financed will be presented to the committee on Monday, July 15.

The City is working to determine if, in addition to enforcing existing by-laws, and community education programs, a licensing program could help increase the health, safety, and well-being of tenants, and reduce disruptive behaviour, and destabilization of neighbourhoods with high concentrations of rental housing.

“We’re committed to working with property owners, landlords, tenants and other community members to create and maintain vibrant neighbourhoods for all residents to enjoy,” said Janet Laird, executive director, Planning Building, Engineering and Environment. “Together with the University of Guelph, Guelph Campus Police and Guelph Police Service, the City is making every effort to address issues related to rental housing. A licensing program could complement our enforcement efforts while increasing the quality and safety of rental housing throughout the city.”

On Monday, July 29, using input from the committee and feedback from the community, City Council is scheduled to discuss whether Guelph should continue investing in a potential licensing program and proceed with community consultation. If approved by City Council, the City would reach out to tenants, landlords, property managers and other interested community members to discuss proposed licensing regulations and fees.

To address the committee or submit written comments, community members are invited to contact the City Clerk’s office at 519-519-837-5603 or before 9 a.m. on Friday, July 12. The committee will meet on Monday, July 15 at 2 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall 1 Carden Street Guelph, Ontario.

For more information

Janet Laird
Executive Director
Planning, Building, Engineering and Environment
519-822-1260 extension 2237