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CMHC: Housing Market Insight report on Rental Ownership Structure in Canada

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CMHC: Housing Market Insight report on Rental Ownership Structure in Canada

CMHC released a Housing Market Insight report on Rental Ownership Structure in Canada. It is part of an on-going effort to address “data gaps”, focussing on the ownership structure of the purpose-built rental market and the extent of foreign ownership within that segment of housing in Canada.  The data upon which the report is based comes from a new set of questions added to CMHC’s 2016 Rental Market Survey.  Key highlights include: •             Roughly 90 per cent of purpose-built rental...

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New rules for the city’s short-term rental market aim to lessen the disruptions they can cause to local neighbourhoods

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New rules for the city’s short-term rental market aim to lessen the disruptions they can cause to local neighbourhoods

Toronto proposes banning people from renting out homes for short stays that are not their primary residences. Toronto’s mayor says proposed new rules for the city’s short-term rental market, including properties listed on Airbnb, would help strike a balance between the need for such accommodations and the disruptions they can cause to local neighbourhoods. John Tory is defending a report released by the city’s Municipal Licensing and Standards department which lays out a number of proposals...

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Poll: Pot growing in rentals

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Poll: Pot growing in rentals

Story by:  Justin da Rosa With a proposed marijuana legalization bill in the offing, should the government tweak the bill to ban people from growing in rented homes? Take our poll today. The Cannabis Act was introduced in the House of Commons earlier this week. Under the act, adults will be permitted to grow as many as four marijuana plants in their homes. The announcement has one landlord group calling for reform already. “Fundamentally we want marijuana growing to still be prohibited...

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Most sweeping rent controls in 25 years could end up making Toronto housing more expensive if building halts

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Most sweeping rent controls in 25 years could end up making Toronto housing more expensive if building halts

Toronto’s trying to make it more affordable to rent in one of the world’s hottest housing markets. New measures may have the opposite effect. Ontario’s government is set to impose the most sweeping rent controls in a quarter century, linking annual increases to inflation, with a cap of 2.5 per cent, on all buildings as it tries to keep costs under control. The measure, meant to protect tenants from price gouging, could end up making it more — not less — expensive to rent in North America’s...

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Bill 124, Rental Fairness Act 2017

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Bill 124, Rental Fairness Act 2017

On April 20, 2017, Premier Wynne announced that at the first opportunity, the provincial government would introduce legislation that if passed (likely with a majority government) would expand Rent Control to all rental housing in Ontario.  This would specifically delete the “post-1991 exemption”. The first opportunity was Monday, April 24, 2017, and the provincial government introduced Bill 124, Rental Fairness Act 2017.  This legislation if (when) passed will amend key parts of the...

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Ontario’s Fair Housing Plan Could Hinder Purpose Built Developments and Rental Supply

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Ontario’s Fair Housing Plan Could Hinder Purpose Built Developments and Rental Supply

Premier Wynne announced that at the first opportunity, the provincial government will introduce legislation that if passed (likely with a majority government) will expand Rent Control to all rental housing in Ontario.  This would specifically delete the “post-1991 exemption”. Vacancy decontrol and AGIs will remain.

 Some selected excerpts from “Ontario’s Fair Housing Plan”: Actions to Protect Renters Expanding rent control to all private rental units in Ontario, including...

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5 things to know about Ottawa’s new cannabis legislation

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5 things to know about Ottawa’s new cannabis legislation

The federal government has unveiled its plan to legalize recreational marijuana use. Here’s what you need to know about the new legalization, set to take effect no later than July 2018. Age: Ottawa’s new cannabis legislation proposes 18 as the minimum legal age for marijuana use, with the provinces having the ability to raise it. This is in line with the age recommended by the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation.  However, the Canadian Medical Association urged Ottawa to set the...

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CFAA Awards – Your National Showcase

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CFAA Awards – Your National Showcase

The clock is ticking down to the close of CFAA’s second annual Rental Housing Awards Program.  Applications in all categories are due on Monday, May 1, by 12 midnight PDT. The CFAA Rental Housing Awards Program was started in 2016 to create a stage on which to celebrate excellence in rental housing across Canada. The winners are announced at the CFAA Awards Dinner, which takes place annually after the first day of sessions at CFAA Rental Housing Conference. That is to take place this...

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City of Toronto’s New Apartment Building Bylaw Passed by City Council Effective July 1st, 2017

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City of Toronto’s New Apartment Building Bylaw Passed by City Council Effective July 1st, 2017

On March 29, 2017, Toronto’s City Council passed a new Apartment Building Management bylaw that will impact all multi-res buildings three stories or more and 10 or more units in Toronto. This regulatory bylaw, that comes into effect on July 1st, 2017, requires the registration of rental apartment buildings and the payment of annual per unit fees, imposes new standards to “improve” preventative and on-going maintenance and tenant communications, requires compliance with additional information...

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Condo dwellers fight the short-term rental boom in highrise neighbourhoods

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Condo dwellers fight the short-term rental boom in highrise neighbourhoods

Security concerns, parties, crime and wear and tear on amenities have condo owners fighting back against services like Airbnb. Kahile Gondo has lived in her downtown condo for about five years. But even though it neighbours two of the busiest, most eclectic places in the city — the Eaton Centre and Yonge-Dundas Square — Gondo only recently began locking her unit door when she’s at home. “There’s 44 floors in this building with about 10 units on each and I’ve never had a sense something was...

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