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Windsor Landlords: Licensing Landlords 2014

January 1st, 2014 · No Comments · Landlord Licensing, Windsor landlords

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Residential landlords all over Windsor were shocked!

A rumour on the internet from a real estate agents website said the Windsor’s Licensing Commission was considering a plan to ‘license Windsor landlords‘ in 2014.

After all Windsor landlords have faced a lot of challenges in 2013 and are looking forward to better times and more success in 2014.

We need our local government to support us (and all the property taxes we pay) not create laws that hurt both good landlords and good tenants in our city.

Landlord Licensing Is Also Called the ‘Tenant Tax’

Landlord licensing simply means residential landlords would require a government license to do business.

However, it’s far more complicated than that.

The government would create new rules, such as how many bedroom a rental unit can have.

And the government would require annual fees.

Other cities have landlord licensing and it’s not improving things for tenants

London landlords have reported they have raise rents since requiring licenses.

Barrie landlords are aghast at the idea.

Landlords in Waterloo say landlord licensing has led to a decrease in investment in rental properties in their city.

In some cases such as what Waterloo landlords face, you even need to submit criminal check in order to get a license.

It Doesn’t Make Sense

Taxing landlords, and therefore taxing tenants simply doesn’t make sense.

1. We already have Bylaws and officers in place to handle problem rental properties

2. Any fees charged by the government for a license will be passed on to tenants

3. We need more investment in rentals and licensing would keep a lot of investors out

This is why Hamilton landlords fought against landlord licensing in their city and won.

So What’s Really Happing in Windsor?

The good news is the Ontario Landlords Association contacted the city to get some straight answers on what’s going on.

The OLA interviewed Michael Chantler

He is  the Supervisor of Licensing & Deputy Licence Commissioner at the Office of the City Clerk for the Windsor

Chantler clarified the situation by saying nothing has been determined at this point but it will be an important issue in 2014.

You can read the interview at the OLA website.

Windsor Landlords 2014

This is a very important issue for good landlords … and our good tenants.

Landlords across our city need to follow how this situation progresses carefully.

Check this blog regularly because we will continually update the situation and keep Windsor landlords informed.

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