The variation in type of property matters handled by Realty Services Division encompasses a wide territory in the operations of the City of London. For example, real estate functions carried out on the City's behalf include:
Acquisition, lease, rental and sale of land and buildings, as well as managing property rights such as easements and rights of way for roads, sewer and water mains, and other municipal or utility easements.
Management of property owned or controlled by the City of London encompasses aspects such as the licensing of sidewalk space for a street cafe, and the maintenance of cemeteries acquired through annexation.
The Division provides a full range of professional property management services, and carries out leasing and lease administration on behalf of the Corporation.
Property transactions for City Departments and its Boards and Commissions vary considerably in scope and complexity. Significant real estate considerations may be involved for projects such as the construction of a new road or community centre, as well as initiatives like the acquisition of flood plain and conservation lands. Other property acquisitions are quite small, for instance, obtaining land needed for a corner widening or bus stop bay.
Experienced in a variety of real estate specialties, Real Estate Division staff members are an important source of consultative information and advice to help City Council and Civic Administration effectively and strategically manage the City's extensive property portfolio. For example, Realty Services conducts location feasibility studies related to long-term development and planning goals for the municipality. Another call upon the staff's expertise may be to provide expert witness services in cases before the Ontario Municipal Board, or disputes taken to a Divisional Court.