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Ontario Landlords Association – Licensing Hamilton Landlords Is Not The Solution

September 18th, 2013 · No Comments · Hamilton Landlord Licensing, Landlord legal issues

 Ontario landlords Association and Hamilton Landlords Say No to Landlord Licensing

Hamilton Landlords Fight Back And Say No To Landlord Licensing!

Big issues are taking place for the future of the City of Hamilton.

According to the Ontario Landlords Association, on the 17th of September Hamilton bylaws staff reported their study results regarding the issue of landlord licensing in the city.

The report included a recommendation to license Hamilton landlords, along with a few alternatives programmes.

Background

The OLA article explains there was a previous meeting last December in 2012 where over 200 Hamilton landlords packed City Hall to show their strong opposition to what they called the “Hamilton Tenant Tax Scheme.”

At the meeting Hamilton landlords showed impressive strength and demanded the Hamilton government look for alternative polices to regulate rental properties in Hamilton.

It was an impressive and passionate display by landlords and investors saying no to landlord licensing.

Hamilton Is On a Roll

The Hamilton Landlords association website states Hamilton real estate is finally doing well.

Not only are property prices experience healthy growth lots of investors from outside of the city are making important capital expenditures in the city.

These Hamilton landlords want to keep the city rental sector growing, to attract more investors, and increase the amount of safe, affordable, high quality rentals.

The Hamilton Landlords association is very concerned the bylaw staff have submitted:

That the Rental Housing Licensing By-law attached as Appendix “A” to Report PED10049(m), which is in a form satisfactory to the City Solicitor, and which would become Schedule (30) Rental Dwelling Units of the LicensingBy-law No. 07-170 and come into force on April 10, 2017, be approved.

They sum it up by saying “Let’s Keep the Hamilton Economy Firing On All Cylinders.”

Ontario Landlords Association List of Reason to Decline Landlord Licensing

The list includes:

– Hamilton tenants already receive a lot of protection at the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board

– Landlord licensing targets all all landlords instead of focusing on landlords who fail to maintain their rental properties

– Most of the problems are in student areas, such as near McMaster University

– Hamilton rentals are not in a crisis mode and allows more time to study alternatives and remedies

– More fees and red tape will lead to less investment in the rental sector

Landlord Discussion

On the Ontario Landlord Forum most landlords strongly disagree with licensing.

Landlords in large urban areas such as Toronto and Ottawa worry if Hamilton landlords are licensed the idea might spread to their cities.

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