Proposed Waterloo bylaw to tighten rental codes, up for debate tonight

No decision will be made until at least May 9, however.

The bylaw for the Ontario city also would require residential property owners looking to rent to get heating ventilation and air conditioning systems inspected by a professional, and give city staff the authority to enter and investigate properties relating to building code violation concerns.

Originally there was concern that landlords already owning units with four or more units would have to downsize or convert to a boarding house. But now the city will allow these existing properties to be grandfathered in, according to The Record, leaving them exempt from the changes.

That move helped ease concerns from the Waterloo Regional Apartment Management Association.

According to a city document, by-law complaints in Waterloo are four times more likely at rental properties versus non-rental properties.

“The goals off the residential rental program are aimed at ensuring rental properties within the city are maintained to an appropriate standard for the betterment of our community and the safety of those residing in them,” said the city’s report.

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