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Residential Rental Licence By-Law


Purpose of By-law

To address sub-standard housing conditions in rental units and protect the amenity, character and stability of residential areas

 

 

What Units Require a Licence

Any building containing four or less rental units and converted dwellings.  Apartment and townhouse buildings are exempt.

 

Licensing Fees* (per property)

Initial application -  $165.00 (as of January 1, 2017)

If Fire Inspection Required, an additional $171.00 will be required.

Annual Renewal - $55.00 

If the property is a duplex, the Electrical Safety Authority may have additional fees. This is done in partnership with the Fire Prevention Office.

*Property owner to pay licensing fee

 

Fines for Not Having a Licence

Any rental property owner who contravenes any provision of by-law CP-19 is subject to a fine upon conviction.  The maximum fine for a person upon first conviction is $25,000 and for a corporation is $50,000.  The maximum fines for subsequent convictions are double the maximum initial conviction.
 

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  • Applying for a Licence

    New Application - Provide the below required information

    1. A completed licence application form
    2. A floor plan that identifies the location of all rooms, windows, and entrances/exits.
    3. A Self Certification checklist for each unit
    4. Fire Inspection Report (If a City of London Fire Prevention Inspection has occurred within the last two (2) years)
    5. Fee
      • $165.00 for a new application; plus
      • $171.00 for a new fire inspection (optional with valid fire inspection report)

    Renewal Application - Provide the below required information

    1. A completed licence application form
    2. Fee
      • $55.00

     

    Note: Online applications submission is not yet available. Incomplete packages will not be processed. You are required to mail or drop off all required documents and payment as one package.

    *Fillable .pdf forms work best with Microsoft Internet Explorer

  • Frequently Asked Questions
    1. What units require a licence?
      • Any building containg four or fewer rental units and converted dwellings. Apartment and townhouse buildings do not require a rental licence.
    2. How often is a fire inspeciton done?
      • A fire inspection is required at the time of each new application. If a fire inspection report dated within the last two yeats is available, we will waive this inspection requirement. A fire inspection is not required upon licence renewal.
    3. When is a property standards inspection done?
      • At the time an application is submitted, a self-certification checklist is completed for each unit. (A reminder that a copy of the checklist should be given to the tenant who is renting that unit). Any items of concern that are raised on this checklist may result in a property standards inspection.

        If a property standards inspection is not done at the time an application is submitted, a random exterior property standards inspection will be carried out within 2 to 3 years of the licence being issued. If a tenant wishes to have an interior property standards inspection done, they are to first put their items of concern in writing to their landlord. The landlord then has two weeks to rectify the issue. If nothing is done, the tenant may submit a copy of this letter to our office and if the item falls under the Property Standards by-law, a complaint will be entered on the tenant'-s behalf. -

        Such letters may be addressed to:

        Development & Compliance Services
        Property Standards
        300 Dufferin Avenue, 7th floor
        London, ON  N6B 1Z2
         

        Telephone inquiries can be directed to 519 661-4660.

  • Fees
    1. Initial Application
      • $165.00 (as of January 1, 2017)
    2. Fire Inspection
      • $171.00
    3. Annual Renewal
      • $55.00

    If the property is a duplex, the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) may have additional fees. This is done in partnership with the Fire Prevention Office.

    We accept cash, Mastercard, Visa, cheque, money order, or debit.

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  • Additional Information
    1. Fines for Not Having a Licence:
      • Any rental property owner who contravenes any provision of by-law CP-19 is subject to a fine upon conviction.  The maximum fine for a person upon first conviction is $25,000 and for a corporation is $50,000.  The maximum fines for subsequent convictions are double the maximum initial conviction.
    2. New rental licence applications will be required to have a property standards inspection
    3. Inspections are not conducted for renewal applications
    4. The renewed licence will be mailed to the applicant upon approval.
    5. A licence is valid for one (1) yyear from the date of approval.
    6. The licence must be posted near the front entrance.
    7. The Residential Unit Licence will be mailed to you upon approval. This Licence is valid for one year from the date of approval.
    8. Post the Licence inside the rental unit(s) near the front entrance(s).
    9. A new licence is required if the property changes ownership.
    10. Zoning By-law Compliance
      • Prior to a new rental licence application being accepted by our office, a Zoning Officer will review your application to ensure it complies with the Zoning by-law.

        If it does not, the Zoning Officer will provide you with information and method(s) you can take to get your property into compliance with the By-laws.

        If the application was mailed in, the application and cheque will be mailed back to you with further instructions.

        Sometimes you may be required to get a building permit, go through a Minor Variance or Zoning By-law Amendment, or in some cases remove units altogether.

        Contact the Zoning Department at 519-930-3510 or building@london.ca for more information.

  • Add a Unit to My Single Family Home

    The City of London passed a Zoning By-law Amendment (Z.-1-172595) on July 25, 2017 allowing home owners to convert their single family homes into two (2) units. However, the home owner must comply with the regulations set out in the City of London Zoning By-law Z.-1, Section 4 - General Provisions, Subsection 4.37 - Secondary Dwelling Units.

    Note:

    • A building permit is required to add an additional dwelling unit to any building.
    • A new rental licence will need to be applied for and all inspections will need to occur before issuance.
    • An active residential rental licence will need to be amended once the building permit has been issued in full.

    For zoning information contact the Zoning Department at 519-930-3510

    For building permit information contact the Building Department at 519-661-4555

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