Say NO to Proposed Thorold Residential Rental Licensing Program

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THOROLD CITY COUNCIL WILL PASS THIS BY LAW. THIS HAS TO BE STOPPED. WE ALL NEED TO DO OUR PART.

ISSUES AND CONCERNS TO TALK TO YOUR COUNSELLORS ABOUT

 

Licensing Cost

 

Section 8.1.1 requires a floor plan and Section 8.1.6 requires a site plan to be provided with an application for a license. The nature of the requirements for these plans dictates that they will have to be prepared by a professional. The sample floor plan and site plan provided for reference on the City’s website are professionally prepared plans. The cost associated with preparing the floor plan is approximately $1.25 per square foot or approximately $1800.00 per property and the cost for a site plan is approximately $1500.00 per property.

 

City Council led the public to believe it would not cost a landlord more than $20.88 per month. This is very inaccurate. Per material received, the cost would be as follows:

 

Licensing Fee: $500.00 per property

ESA: $269.00 per property

ESA Sub Panel (Note: Plenty of homes have this): $169.00 per property

Floor Plan (approximately $1.25/sq ft): $1800.00 + per property

Site Plan and Driveway Plan: $1500.00 + per property

Fire Safety Plan (drawings and routes): $180.00 per property

Preparation of paperwork: $300.00 per property

Re-inspection if necessary: $150.00 per property

Deficiency corrections as per stringent license expectations: $500.00 + per property

Corporate Profile (most likely has to be obtained through a lawyer): $50.00 per property

 

TOTAL: $5418.00 + per property

Note: Simple math $5418.00 divided by 24 months is $225.75

That is a far cry from $20.88 per month.

 

Electrical Safety Authority Certificate

 

Section 8.1.4 requires a certificate issued by the Electrical Safety Authority confirming compliance with the Electrical Safety Code. It’s been confirmed that the Electrical Safety Authority is in the City of Thorold 2 times per week. The maximum number of properties they can inspect is 3 per day. On the basis that there are approximately 1200 rental properties in the City of Thorold that will require a license under the by law, it would take 7.69 years for the Electrical Safety Authority to perform the number of inspections required to issue the certificates necessary to process all of these license applications.

 

Ask your counsellors: who’s best interest are they looking out for? Urge them to put this hasty and unfair decision on hold until a more comprehensive and thought out bylaw can be rolled out.

 

Rental Property Inspection

 

Section 10.3 of the by law requires an inspection of the rental property upon receipt of a complete application. The City has proposed that 2 full time by law officers be hired to administer this by law. On the basis that there are approximately 1200 rental properties that would require a license, and on the basis that one officer could reasonably perform 3 such inspections per day, it would take 40 weeks for these officers to complete all of the inspections required as part of the application process.

 

Ask your counsellors: who’s best interest are they looking out for? Urge them to put this hasty and unfair decision on hold until a more comprehensive and thought out bylaw can be rolled out.

 

London Ontario Rental Licensing

 

The municipality of Thorold has mentioned and indicated on several occasions and referred to the London Ontario Rental Licensing.

 

- Does the municipality know that approximately 12,500 homes in London were to be licensed? And only 2500 applied for licenses? The balance of the properties and property owners have not applied for these licenses!

- This has resulted in the London Rental Licensing Program running a deficit of $2 million dollars.

 

Has the municipality of Thorold actually thought this through? And informed the tax payers of Thorold that they are mimicking a licensing program that is running a deficit of $1-2 million dollars?

 

Ask your counsellors: If the City of London with its vast resources can’t make this work, what makes you think mimicking the London Ontario Rental Licensing Program in Thorold will work? (Actually Thorold’s licensing is much more ONEROUS)

 

 

The issues raised herein suggest that if the by law is passed in its current form, there will be inordinate delay and expense to the landlords in processing licensing applications once the by law becomes effective. If there is delay in issuing licenses under the by law, landlords will be in financial limbo, as they will own rental properties that are not saleable, financeable or even insurable. Once the by law becomes effective, a landlord will not be able to SELL, FINANCE OR EVEN INSURE its rental property until its licensing application is completely processed and a license is issued.

 

THOROLD CITY COUNCIL WILL PASS THIS BY LAW. THIS HAS TO BE STOPPED. WE ALL NEED TO DO OUR PART.

Please come out to the next Thorold Council meeting on November 21, 2017 at 6:30 pm and say NO to this proposal.

 

Quote from our Mayor: “The bylaws have to be done and we will pass them, no matter what threats we get from the landlords, and laws to the students won’t be nice but they haven’t been nice to us.”
http://www.thoroldedition.ca/…/thorold-mayor-vows-to-get-to

The punitive approach being taken by Ted (“The Mayor”) is adverse to the values that our fair and democratic society are based on.

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