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Seeking feedback on proposed residential rental licensing program

June 27, 2018 -

The City is seeking feedback from residents on a proposed residential rental licensing program. The program would require rental properties with one to three units to meet certain standards to ensure the health and safety of renters.

"The City is exploring residential rental licensing as tool to ensure rental units across the city comply with existing regulations that set standards related to the health and safety of renters," says Paige Agnew, director of planning, building and licensing services. "The aim is to provide a mechanism to address substandard renting conditions and we look forward to hearing from the public about experiences and how this proposed program could support enhanced renting conditions."

Learn about and offer feedback on the proposed program at a series of information sessions July 11 and 12 at 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 1211 John Counter Blvd. Register to attend one of these sessions by visiting www.CityofKingston.ca/Projects.

During the information sessions staff will seek feedback on the proposed licence application process, including:

  • the documents required to obtain a licence,
  • fees associated with the proposed licence,
  • timing of the roll-out of the program, and
  • general concerns from renters, landlords and residents.

The proposed program would apply only to residential developments containing one to three rental units. Residential developments containing four or more units are regulated by the City's Site Plan Control Bylaw. To learn more about the proposed residential rental licensing program visit, www.CityofKingston.ca/Projects

Residents can also share their feedback through an online survey available July 10 to 23 at GetInvolved.CityofKingston.ca

Share. Participate. Engage. – GetInvolved.CityofKingston.ca

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Kingston's vision of being a smart, livable 21st century city is fast becoming reality. History and innovation thrive in our dynamic city located along the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, an easy drive from Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, in the heart of eastern Ontario. With a stable and diversified economy that includes global corporations, innovative startups and all levels of government, Kingston's high quality of life offers access to world-class education and research institutions, advanced healthcare facilities, affordable living and vibrant entertainment and tourism activities.

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Media contact: For more information call the communications and customer experience department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300