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How can Ottawa tackle affordable housing and homelessness?

Posted in Bylaws / Regulations, Communications, Development, Finance, Health & Safety, Housing, Legislation

How can Ottawa tackle affordable housing and homelessness?

Story by: Carys Mills | Ottawa Citizen   More than 10,000 Ottawa households waited for affordable housing last year, facing an average of almost five years on a waiting list. The waiting list, which grew 3.8 per cent since 2012, was outlined last week by the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association’s report on rent-geared-to-income spots. The growing wait has added to calls for the next city council to take further steps to boost affordable housing and tackle homelessness municipally, as well...

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FAIR TAX = FAIR RENT

Posted in Association News, Bylaws / Regulations, Communications, Housing, Legal, Legislation, Newsworthy, Tax Law, Tenancy Law

FAIR TAX = FAIR RENT

Property Tax Fairness for Renters: It Can Be Done Despite what some politicians say, property tax fairness can be achieved.  FRPO has already demonstrated this by comparing rental property tax rates of various major cities across Canada. Virtually every major city in Canada taxes tenants fairly – with the exception of Ontario.    In Ontario, cities like London, Toronto, Windsor and Hamilton tax tenants at two to three times what they tax homeowners. This is not the case in Montreal, Halifax,...

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2014 APARTMENT MARKET REPORT

Posted in Bylaws / Regulations, CMHC, Finance, Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Rent Control

2014 APARTMENT MARKET REPORT

The RHB Apartment Market Report for 2014 reports on the current state of the rental housing industry across Canada, including vacancy rates and average rent increases. Also provided are economic and apartment sales forecasts for 2014 and 2015. The report has been prepared by John Dickie, CFAA President, and Tony Manganiello of Cushman & Wakefield, using the CMHC Fall 2013 Rental Market Surveys, CMHC Housing Market Outlook, Canada Edition – First Quarter 2014, and proprietary data and...

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Apartment Fires on the Rise

Posted in Bylaws / Regulations, Communications, Fire Safety, Health & Safety, Insurance

Apartment Fires on the Rise

Following last December’s fire that left one dead , the massive fire that leveled a three story apartment building in New Westminster, BC (video coverage below) and last week’s fire that destroyed Hamilton’s oldest apartment buildings on Bold Street, seem to have resurfaced major media attention regarding fire safety in the rental housing industry. Although many of these fire’s we’re not tenant related, these recent events should give property owners and tenants a reason to pause and consider...

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Why You Must Address Bad Renter Behavior Now

Posted in Bylaws / Regulations, Communications, Housing, Legal, Legislation, Professional Services, Real Estate Law, Tenancy Law

Why You Must Address Bad Renter Behavior Now

This is a problem that festers in too many rental properties. Every time the phone rings the landlord is afraid it’s another complaint from a tenant about “that one.”  It festers because landlords don’t deal with tenant situations as they arise, but let them fester until they are intolerable or the landlord has simply has a bad day and says, “Enough!”  The result will often result in the landlord gnashing teeth and vowing vengeance, but will make the recalcitrant tenant gleeful. Here’s what...

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Notice to Tenant – Why Does Rent Go Up?

Posted in Association News, Bylaws / Regulations, Communications, Housing, Rent Control

Notice to Tenant – Why Does Rent Go Up?

Dealing with rent increases isn’t always easy. In order to have a happy tenant, the landlord and tenant must communicate well. Unfortunately, there comes a time when all landlords will need to increase the rent. For some it is keeping up with the market value or for others it is to offset the price of costly repairs. Here are some examples from FRPO on how to effectively communicate the annual rental increase to tenants. Click here to download the PDF form.     Rental Housing Costs are...

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2012 Ontario Building Code Now in Effect

Posted in Bylaws / Regulations, Exterior Building, Fire Safety, Health & Safety, Interior Building, Utility Management

2012 Ontario Building Code Now in Effect

As of January 1, 2014, the 2012 Ontario Building Code came into effect. Parts of the code, especially those concerned with energy efficiency and on-site sewage systems, will come into force over the next few years, but the 2012 Ontario Building Code contains regulations that all property managers and building owners should be aware of.  Property Protection and Health The 2012 Building Code has enhancements to property protection and health, including: Removing window screens as an acceptable...

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Carbon Monoxide Detector Law Passes

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Carbon Monoxide Detector Law Passes

November 27, 2013 Bill 77, the Hawkins Gignac Act (Carbon Monoxide Detectors), 2013 passed 3rd Reading by the Ontario Legislative Assembly today. This new law will require working carbon monoxide detectors in all homes with fuel-burning appliances or attached garages. Bill 77 has been proceeding through the legislative process for the past 4 or 5 years.  FRPO has worked Bill 77’s author, Ernie Hardeman MPP, and also appeared before the Standing Committee on Social Policy, to provide advice and...

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City of Ottawa Lobbyist Registry

Posted in Association News, Bylaws / Regulations, Legal, Legislation, Professional Services

City of Ottawa Lobbyist Registry

EASTERN ONTARIO LANDLORD ORGANIZATION News Release September 23, 2013 City of Ottawa Lobbyist Registry The City of Ottawa Lobbyist Registry has been in place for a year now. The registry requires certain communications between business people (including rental housing executives and employees) and City Councillors or staff to be reported. What should you report? Lobbying activities that are designed to have an impact on city decisions affecting by-laws, programs or contract need to be...

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