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Council Approves New Residental Rental Accommodation Licensing Bylaw

May 27, 2010

Mississauga City Council approved a licensing bylaw that requires all landlords to apply on an annual basis and be granted a licence to operate a lodging house.

"This bylaw is intended to protect the interests of both landlords and tenants through a documented process," said Elaine Buckstein, Director of Enforcement for the City of Mississauga. "The bylaw also allows the City to inspect accommodation to ensure that landlords and tenants comply with property standards, City fire and building codes that protect the health and safety of all occupants in the home."

Buckstein explained that, under the by-law, a lodging house is a dwelling unit containing more than three rental rooms that are occupied by one person in each room. A maximum of four (4) lodging units are permitted in a lodging house. Lodging houses are only allowed in detached homes, and basement apartments are not permitted. A lodging unit is defined as a room intended for sleeping, and may contain sanitary facilities, but no appliances for storing, cooking or heating food or for washing clothes or dishes.

"The new Residential Rental Accommodation Licensing Bylaw was prepared with input from residents and applies to residential rental accommodation across the entire city," added Buckstein. "In response, the City has put in place guidelines that will be applied when rezoning applications are evaluated to make sure that lodging houses are allowed only in appropriate areas."

As outlined in the report, landlords with existing lodging houses will be eligible for a licence within a quick time frame provided all supporting documentation is supplied and accepted. Please see link to the FAQ for more information about the new Residential Accommodation Licensing Bylaw. The bylaw will be posted on the By-laws Online page on the City's website once it is authorized in June.

As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 730,000 residents and 55,000 businesses, including 61 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is one of Greater Toronto's Top 90 Employers for 2010. Enhancing its citizens' quality of life by providing superior services, revitalizing its infrastructure and conserving the environment, Mississauga is committed to innovation, operational excellence and fiscal responsibility which is reflected in its motto: "Leading Today for Tomorrow."

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