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New Toronto law means apartment buildings will be given colour-coded ratings, similar to restaurants

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New Toronto law means apartment buildings will be given colour-coded ratings, similar to restaurants

Landlords in Toronto will have to pay a fee to the city if they fail to provide for tenants in the event the buildings they live in are evacuated due to fire, flood or other service disruptions — part of a suite of changes adopted by city council Wednesday strengthening tenant rights. Landlords will also have to post a colour-coded sign in a prominent location, displaying a rating from the city, similar to what restaurants currently have to do under DineSafe. The move comes as the city...

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Short-term rental rules eyed

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Short-term rental rules eyed

Sarnia is considering beefing up regulations for short-term rentals, amid a situation one councillor says is eating into local long-term housing supply and disrupting neighbourhoods. Sarnia is considering beefing up regulations for short-term rentals amid a situation one councillor says is eating into the local long-term housing supply and disrupting neighbourhoods. “A lot of communities have jumped on this issue, and they recognize it as a massive problem,” said Coun. Bill Dennis. Locally, he...

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Rent-to-own coming for social housing?

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Rent-to-own coming for social housing?

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has hinted that his government might bring in a rent-to-own program for social housing tenants. In a “fireside chat” with the CD Howe Institute, Ford was asked about housing, a concern for many Canadians. “Everybody talks about affordable housing which is really important — I talk about affordable ownership,” he said Monday. “There’s a difference.” Toronto Community Housing, for example, has thousands of units sitting empty due to a repairs backlog, and those should...

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Canadian landlords increasingly concerned about effect of cannabis use on rental property

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Canadian landlords increasingly concerned about effect of cannabis use on rental property

LANDLORDS ARE INCREASINGLY CONCERNED about the effect of cannabis use on a rental property, according to a poll released October 8. Real estate website Zoocasa surveyed Canadian property owners and renters about how they feel since the legalization of cannabis last October 17. While homeowners and renters seem to be getting more comfortable with cannabis use and home growing, landlords responding to the survey were much more concerned about the growing or smoking of cannabis in their...

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RHB TV – WATCH EPISODE 2 NOW!

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RHB TV – WATCH EPISODE 2 NOW!

RHB TV is a one-of-a-kind media platform, that covers industry news, market data and emerging trends. Catch up on the rental housing trends we are seeing across the country as well as the latest developments of BILL 108. We look at the average asking rents for Canada’s major rental markets, get an exclusive look at Rockport Group’s luxury development, The Montgomery, and catch all the highlights of the FRPO & Greenwin Charity Golf Classics. EPISODE 2 is now live! Watch it at...

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RHB TV is now live!

Posted in Appraisal, Bylaws / Regulations, CMHC, Communications, Development, Employment, Events, Finance, Housing, HVAC / Mechanical, Industry Trends, Insurance, Interior Building, Laundry, Legal, Legislation, Maintenance, Marketing, Newsworthy, Professional Services, Real Estate Law, Rent Control, Tax Law, Technology, Tenancy Law, Utility Management

RHB TV is now live!

RHB TV is the first and only news broadcast for the RENTAL HOUSING INDUSTRY. For the past 18-months, the RHB team has been hard at work developing and producing a show specific to our industry. RHB TV is a one-of-a-kind media platform, that covers industry news, market data and emerging trends. EPISODE 1 is now live! Watch it at www.rhbtv.ca

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2019 Residential Tenancies Act Seminars

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2019 Residential Tenancies Act Seminars

Date and Time: Apr 2, 2019 8:00am to May 2, 2019 12:00pm Location: Toronto, London, Hamilton, Scarborough and Ottawa FRPO will once again hold the ever popular Residential Tenancies Act seminars throughout April and May. In the last couple of years, there have been many changes in our industry. This year’s event will focus on residential tenancies in a hot rental market. Topics include ‘hot button’ issues such as rent strikes, Cannabis Act impacts, renting to roommates, rules about obligations...

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Developer Uses Passive House for Better Affordable Housing

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Developer Uses Passive House for Better Affordable Housing

Building as many homes as possible, as cheaply as possible, could seem like the best way to create affordable housing. But, like with most things, you get what you pay for. Spending money up front to create energy-efficient buildings with lower maintenance and operating costs is a better approach. Developers like Hamilton-based Indwell believe that low-energy design and construction are the smart way to build affordable housing. “It’s actually quite doable to reduce energy use and get a better...

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Ontario Auditor General finds serious concerns over elevator safety

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Ontario Auditor General finds serious concerns over elevator safety

A scathing report from Ontario’s Auditor General raises serious concerns about the state of elevator safety in the province, but members of the industry say the public isn’t at risk. In her report, released Wednesday, Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk slams the agency that regulates elevators, the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) for poor oversight. She writes that in 2018, just over 80 per cent of elevators failed their TSSA inspection. “Most Ontario elevators and escalators are not...

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Average vacancy rate across Canada decreases to 2.4%

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Average vacancy rate across Canada decreases to 2.4%

Average vacancy rate across Canada decreases to 2.4% According to CMHC, the average rental vacancy rate in major centres across Canada decreased from 3.0% in October 2017 to 2.4% in October 2018. Vacancy rates declined in Quebec, Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Atlantic provinces, while increasing by various amounts in centres in Ontario, British Columbia and Manitoba. CFAA President, John Dickie, says, “Despite low vacancy rates, the turnover rates show that there is adequate access to rental...

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