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Kingston Landlords – The City Encourages Creating Basement Rental Apartments

September 2nd, 2013 · No Comments · Kingston landlords

Kingston Landlords Can Create Legal Basement Apartments

According to an article at the Ontario Landlords Association there are some big changes coming for landlords in Kingston, Ontario.

While there are many basement apartments being rented out in Kingston now, many are not ‘legal’ by way of being registered and approved by the City government. To get approval you need to be rezoned.

Kingston Makes It Easier to Create Secondary Suites

Secondary suites include basement apartments and in-law suites.

A few year ago the Province of Ontario became worried about the lack of affordable housing.

The provincial government created a mandate that all municipalities create a way for people to create secondary suites and become ‘landlords.’

Sheldon Laidman is the director of housing. He says each municipality is taking its own local approach as to how to implement the program, since each town and city has its own set of unique circumstances, he said.

“So in the city of Kingston, we have done a pilot project for the next three years. Council passed a bylaw earlier this year permitting secondary suites as a right in a number of neighbourhoods across the city.”

A staff report working its way through the system is looking at amendments to an existing affordable housing capital program to allow for incentives under certain circumstances for secondary suites.

“If persons who are creating the secondary unit can commit to keeping it affordable — and we will have a definition of that — for five years they could be eligible for a grant from the city’s affordable housing program.”

More Legal Changes Needed?

The Ontario Landlords Association asked the City of Kingston to help landlords reform the Residential Tenancies Act and the Landlord and Tenant Board.

Otherwise they warn many of these new landlords won’t be landlords for long because small landlords are being abused by bad tenants. Example of this are everywhere from Barrie, Ontario to Ottawa, Ontario.

One comment from The Whig confirms this with one Kingston landlord saying:

“If people get into this what is the city and or province going to do to help the landlords.  If people are really thinking of this I would suggest they go down to the LTB Rent tribunal every Tuesday at the legion on Montreal Street and listen to some of the cases.  The tenants have all the rights, free lawyers and a shoulder to cry on.  The landlords have nothing and most of the time goes to the “poor downtrodden” tenants, who just cannot pay their rent.  Nothing for the landlords who have to pay a mortgage.”

“If people are really considering this go down and spend just 1 day there.  It will change your mind fast.”

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