Feedback wanted on rental housing by-law

St. Catharines residents are encouraged to share their opinions on the City’s proposed licencing by-law for rental properties.

The City’s rental housing licencing by-law would require property owners of rental dwellings with four units or less to obtain a rental licence. The licencing program will increase safety for tenants living in rental units and ensure compliance with applicable codes and by-laws by requiring rental properties to submit detailed plans for parking, fire safety, waste removal and property management. The by-law cannot regulate or address tenant behaviour.

“It’s important we hear from residents from across the city as the feedback we receive will help shape the final by-law,” said Margaret Josipovic, Project Expeditor with the City. “The rental housing by-law will apply to the entire city, not just a few sections, which is why it’s important we hear from as many residents, landlords and tenants as possible.”

A public open house is planned for 6 p.m. on Tuesday Apr. 17/2018 at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in Robertson Theatre. The open house will be a drop-in format where residents can meet with City staff from various departments to discuss the draft by-law and provide feedback.

An online survey is available at for those unable to attend the open house. City staff will also host pop-up displays at City-owned facilities throughout April and May to gather feedback from the community. Public consultations will last until the middle of May.

The entire draft rental housing licencing by-law can be read at

City staff plan to bring the final rental housing licencing by-law to City Council on June 25, 2018.

Source – City of St. Catharines press release



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