Community feedback on potential options for licensing rental housing

Thank you for your feedback

Last November, the City asked for community input on a potential licensing program for rental housing. Public meetings were held on November 19 and 21, 2013, and an online survey was used to gather input on potential options for a licensing program for rental housing.

To help City staff develop a recommendation for City Council, the results for the survey and public meetings were reviewed and analyzed by a Community Working Group (a small group of landlords, tenants and area residents University of Guelph, and Wellington and Guelph Housing Committee representatives).

Community feedback on proposed licensing of rental housing

The following summary captures the main points raised through the process.

Participants in support of licensing expressed:

  • It would help address concerns about the safety of some rental units
  • It would help address concerns about inequality amongst housing providers
  • Initial costs of licensing could result in long term benefits (e.g. access, penalties, co-ordinated enforcement)
  • It would recognize rental properties as businesses
  • It would help address problem areas (e.g. ongoing property standards and parking issues)

Most participants were not in support of licensing, and expressed:

  • Costs would be passed onto tenants and could create an affordability issue
  • Licensing would require compliant landlords to pay for the shortcomings of non-compliant landlords
  • Landlords would be faced with an onerous process with no real benefit
  • There would be an increase in non-compliance due to more rentals going underground
  • The City should enforce existing By-laws

Next Steps

City staff is using this community feedback to develop a recommendation regarding licensing rental housing for Guelph City Council. The staff recommendation and report will be available on April 24, 2014.

Have your say

The City’s Planning Building Engineering and Environment Committee will discuss the report on Monday, May 5 at 2 p.m.

You are also welcome to address City Council on the matter on May 26. To do soplease register with the City Clerk’s office by Friday, May 23 at 9 a.m.

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