The city, for its part, has assigned two additional bylaw officers to property standards matters and council last year authorized re-inspection fees for problematic properties.
John Dickie, executive director of the Eastern Ontario Landlord Organization, credited the city with coming up with a proposed bylaw that aims to solve existing problems but he still considers the new regime an “experiment.”
“We think it’s significantly better than what the city did consider, which was landlord licensing,” Dickie said.
Dickie said landlords will be most concerned about the enforcement of the rules and the templates that will set out the expectations for landlords and tenants.
Convictions under the bylaw would carry a minimum $500 fine for each day the offence occurs with a daily maximum of $100,000.
Much of the paperwork that would be required under the proposed bylaw is already being managed by landlords, especially at apartment buildings, Dickie said.
When it comes to the city’s development of an online database of rental addresses, Dickie said landlords don’t want the database to merely include complaints from tenants since those remarks could be ill-founded or potentially malicious.
The new bylaw wouldn’t apply to long-term care homes, retirement homes, residential services homes and emergency shelters.
The city anticipates the bylaw would come into effect in August 2021 if approved by council later this month.
The community and protective services committee is scheduled to consider the proposed bylaw during a meeting on Aug. 20 and send a recommendation to council for a vote on Aug. 26.