City of Oshawa Increases Housing Unaffordability with Extended Rental Licensing Fees

City of Oshawa Increases Housing Unaffordability with Extended Rental Licensing Fees

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ISSUE: The City of Oshawa claims that their proposed Extended Rental Housing Licensing Program "... helps address minimum standards of health, safety, and property maintenance for rental properties in order to protect tenants and ensure compliance with municipal by-laws and provincial legislation."

The City has presumed without merit or independently corroborated evidence that the program is required or warranted.

CONSEQUENCES OF LICENSING

- Additional fees of any kind add to housing unaffordability

- Durham Region’s ten least-affluent groups are all in Oshawa

  • Low-income tenants live exclusively in rental properties
  • Tenants (not landlords) pay property taxes, despite popular misperception
  • Tenants are taxed double that of single family homes
  • Oshawa has the highest property taxes per capita in the GTA for many years

- Oshawa has not provided any primary data to support need for program:

  • Analysis of City of Ottawa (not Oshawa) report – 0.5% of 100,000 rental properties received more than two complaints (not violations) per year over 10 years

- Licensing will permanently obliterate an estimated $100 million or more in Oshawa rental property equity

- Licensing fees discourage new housing development

  • Housing shortages drive up purchase prices and rent rate

- GM factory re-opening is a huge contribution to Oshawa coffers

  • Many GM workers live in rental housing

- Oshawa’s top 5 employees each took a quarter of a million dollars in 2021. Overall salary increases from 2014 to 2020 (6 years) was 31.2% to 51.4%!

  • Meanwhile, Oshawa’s landlords and tenants have suffered under COVID with job loss, death, illness, strained familial relationships, housing unaffordability, drained savings accounts, lock-downs, acute shortages in shelters and healthcare services, hyperinflation, a potential compounding recession, and many other challenges
  • Oshawa sold all of its social and affordable housing - not affordable (profitable) to Oshawa
  • Many employers are planning salary freezes
  • LifeWorks survey projects 2.5% average annual salary increase for Canadian workers in 2022

CONCLUSION: The City already receives revenue that is disproportionately high for its size and has more than enough revenue to cover any program of this type. Oshawa's payroll and salary increases are highly questionable in the light of a global pandemic. Oshawa repeatedly ignores the needs of its people and appears to be much more focused on self-serving interests.

ACTION: Rental housing licensing fees are very bad for tenants and landlords and must be stopped in their entirety. Please sign this petition to end this kind of persecutorial conduct and abuse of municipal power. 

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