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Toronto to consider proposal for landlord licensing

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Canadian Realestate Magazine | 28 Nov 2016, 08:15 AM Agree 0
The Licensing and Standards Committee is set to consider the item later this week
  • Marsha | 28 Nov 2016, 11:16 AM Agree 0
    Those that make the laws should be the first to uphold and adhere to the law. Set the example!
  • Chris | 28 Nov 2016, 12:57 PM Agree 0
    Can we also consider a proposal for tenant licensing? It should go both ways. Maybe start with a survey filled out by landlords about their struggle dealing with tenants who have no respect for landlord's property, home deficiencies caused by tenants, pests brought in by tenants, rent not paid by tenants etc. Maybe start with a semi-annual inspection of the tenant's apartment to make sure it is not being destroyed and charge a fee to the tenant for the time wasted in cleanup, trips to the tribunal, interest on funding someone's kid's braces instead of paying rent on time etc........
    • Peter | 28 Nov 2016, 05:24 PM Agree 0
      Absolutely. City would only go after people who have assets. City always go after where the money/tax is. Tenants use the rentals for illegal activities but the landlords bear all the financial consequence. Half month security fee can do nothing to clean up or to do any repair caused by the tenants. Governments want the private sector to provide rental units but fail to assist the landlords in any manner. City only imposes more rules to increase landlords' financial burden and restrict the rent increases. It is biased.
  • Raquel | 28 Nov 2016, 08:07 PM Agree 0
    If you add license fees on to all the reasons no one wants to invest,
    or operate a rental building ,not to mention professional tenants on top of that,
    as well as the overheads from insurance ,higher ratio mortgages and 24/7 garbage you have to deal with some renters.
    It is no wonder that it is better to throw you money away on wall street or better still gambling.
    By the way this will just add to the cost of peoples rent making them even more expensive.
    Why does the Government not build tens of thousands of new rental units
    because there expensive and no one wants to deal with the real costs and issues in renting.
  • Joseph | 04 Dec 2016, 05:39 PM Agree 0
    The longer I am a landlord the more I realize civil servants do not consult experts and stakeholders involved in an industry when making policy. This leads to lower supply, higher rents, and frustration all around. There is a disconnect between people making the laws and people doing the work. And whenever there is a group who has success, the government steps in to enact legislation which ensures they get a huge cut of it. I wish I could arbitrarily add rules and costs to my tenants because I feel like it!
  • Michael, CPA | 05 Dec 2016, 02:57 PM Agree 0
    Insane proposal that could only come from someone that knows nothing about landlord / tenant issues.....creating more costs for owners would mean HIGHER rents for tenants ! There is already a shortage of rental units - with this proposal, there will be even less available units leading to even higher prices. This is NOT revenue neutral.... these fees with be a "revenue tool" and increase costs to the city to monitor & inspect rental units will mean hiring more "inspectors" with no benefit to the public and harassment for both tenants & owners.

    Perhaps the city should consult with the public and professionals that can explain "Value For Money" concepts to these people who talk before thinking !
  • | 15 Mar 2017, 07:10 PM Agree 0
    I believe it's a way for governments to hire more inspectors so they can say they are creating work , all unionized, with nice wages benefits , pensions etc. That is how it always start and of course let's give all those jobs to all those new Canadians we are going to have here so they can have nice secure govt jobs and don't even think about a white Canadian for any of these positions. And of course they'll all need govt vehicles to drive around in. Think about all the extras they could make by crapping all over those white biased whiteys unless they pay a small fee I guess I'm to pissed about seeing more rules, laws and corrupt , lazy govt employees filling up Tim Hortons while getting paid and can't be fired. I've heard the excuses. Check out Tim Hortons in the mornings. Coffee breaks turn out to be a social gathering for too many govt employees . No wonder taxes are going up up and way up. What is next. Who has all the money invested , the landlord that's who.
  • Hans | 18 Mar 2017, 11:20 AM Agree 0
    I have an idea, why not use the licensing money for these rental units to fund grants to improve the suspect rental units so that the landlord can afford to rent to lower income people. Also like Europe does ,have a government registry where all tenants including subsidized tenants can not move to a new location until the current landlord certifies that all rents and repairs for damages are looked after properly by the tenant, or any cosigners of the lease for tenants that are not legally able to sign leases. Did you know that in Germany if you want to move as a renter you even have to leave your rental in the same condition as when you rented it, there is no wear and tear allowed, the tenant is responsible to paint and repair all of it before they can move to a new location, and if they refuse to, their relatives are mad to pay for the damages , talk about peer pressure !
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