The City of London has a residential rental licensing by-law that requires any rental property of 4 units or less to be licensed. As part of the licensing requirement, a property owner must fill out a self-certification checklist, pay a $165 rental licence fee, and $171 fire inspection fee, renewal rental licence fee is $55. More information on how to apply for a residential rental license is available.
When an inspection is requested by the property owner, an Inspector from the Fire Department will contact the owner or authorized property manager to arrange a date and time to attend the building. We will need access to all areas of the building in order to complete the inspection. What we look for during this inspection depends on the type of property.
Single Family Home:
When inspecting a single family home that does not involve any other units, the inspector will check all smoke alarms to ensure they are in working condition and placed in the required locations.
Your duplex may fall under retrofit legislation in the Ontario Fire code. 9.8 Retrofit applies to "a detached house, "semi-detached house" or "row house" which contains two occupied, self contained "dwelling units" (each "dwelling unit" is operated as a housekeeping unit and is provided with independent cooking, eating, sleeping and sanitary facilities), and has one "dwelling unit" or portion of the "dwelling unit" situated above another "dwelling unit", or two "dwelling units" situated side by side sharing a common interior means of escape which may include an interior stairway, corridor or doorway."
If your property does require retrofit, we would look at ensuring required fire separations are in place, working smoke alarms are in place as required and a general electrical inspection from the Electrical Safety Authority has been done and all repairs have been completed.
Triplex or 4 plex:
Your building may fall under retrofit legislation in the Ontario Fire Code. 9.5 Retrofit applies to "buildings up to and including 6 storeys in building height with residential occupancies and containing;
1a) more than two dwelling units where
i) at least two dwelling units share common exit facilities and have interior access to one another,
ii) there is at least one dwelling unit located above another with interior access to one another, or
iii) there is at least one dwelling unit located above another and the dwelling units share common exit facilities,
b) sleeping accommodation for more than 10 persons, in one or more dormitories
c) boarding, lodging or rooming accommodation for more than four persons where Sections 9.3 and 9.4 do not apply, or
d) one or two dwelling units in combination with boarding, lodging or rooming accommodation for two, three, or four persons, excluding the operator's residence.
If your property does require retrofit, we would look at ensuring required fire separations are in place, working smoke alarms are in place as required and any fire alarm requirements have been addressed. For more information, please see Part 9 of the Fire Code.
Off Campus Housing:
Depending on how the property is rented, off campus housing may fall under single family home or boarding and lodging. For more information see our Off Campus Housing brochure.
Please Note: Regardless of whether your property is licensed or not, the building must meet the retrofit requirements. Failing to do so may result in prosecution under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act. For any information or assistance, please contact the Fire Prevention Division at 519-661-4565.